Students colonize Mars moon in Honeywell Aerospace Challenge
By Josh Orcutt, Cronkite News | Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Colonizing a moon of Mars is not an easy task.
However, more than 1,300 students from 20 schools around Arizona flocked to Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus to compete in the 18th annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge to do just that.
Nearly 300 separate teams of three to five students each created scale models and wrote reports about how they wanted to colonize and sustain a base of operations on Phobos. The reports included written descriptions of the original landing site, sequences of launches and the construction plans of the Phobos base. The teams presented their ideas to judges of the competitions who are Honeywell engineers.
The Aerospace Challenge is one of the largest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competitions in the state of Arizona.
There are three days of preliminary rounds. The top two teams with the highest scores from each day will move on to the finals.
Those six teams will have to create a 10-minute oral presentation and answer questions on the spot from Honeywell engineers later this month. The team with the highest score wins an all-expenses paid trip to the Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, an on-field appearance at the upcoming Fiesta Bowl, as well as plaques commemorating the victory.