Bubble wrap, balloons and bin liners were used as students attempted to come up with a contraption to safely drop an egg onto the surface of ‘Mars’.
The challenge, at Worth School, was taken up by 40 children from schools across the area, including Copthorne, on March 10.
The idea was to design a rover module which could survive an 18.5-metre drop from the school’s clock tower.
It had to protect not only itself but its occupant – an egg – before tackling the undulating Martian landscape (which had been set up in the school grounds).
The eggs were soon flying as the Year 7 and 8 students vied to come up with the most spaceworthy creations using bottles, paper, bubble wrap, balloons, cardboard, elastic bands and dustbin liners.
Only six of the nine creations survived with their eggs intact – but the surface of Mars proved too much for them all and none of the survivors were able to finish the course.
The event was organised by Chris Smith, Worth’s head of physics.
He said: “I wanted to run an event that made science really practical and fun allowing students to develop their creativity and problem solving skills.”
Lesley Coppin, head of science from Copthorne Prep School added: “My children were discussing how they could have modified their designs on the way home and how they could have prevented damage to the lander. So I would say ‘mission achieved’!”