... you will be split up into 16 groups of 4 people. There will be 8 Rough Science type challenges and each group will be given one of the challenges.
THE STORY ...
... you are prisoners of war ..
... the challenges are designed to enable you to beat the prison system ..
and allow you to find out: news from the outside world, send secret messages to each other, entertain yourselves and even distract and deceive the guards ..
THE CHALLENGES - to make:
* a radio to pick up the news and time
* musical instruments
* paper and ink
* ice lens and prism
* timed fuses
* send a Morse code message
* make soap
* and sea water power electricity
Like the TV series the Rough Science challenges will use basic materials and you will only have a limited time (half a day) to get results. Some might fail but that's OK so you will need to be willing to try things out and experiment ....
GOOD LUCK and the 'best of British old bean' .. chucks away ...
LINK TO A PRISONER OF WAR SITE (where the images for this page have been taken from)
The MC's are run by the members of staff at the Education Development Building, University of Sussex, Brighton.
'The aim of the Sussex Masterclasses in Technology is to provide children aged 13-14 years with an awareness of the research, development and testing procedures used by technologists in all aspects of engineering and associated industries. Showing how the knowledge of physical laws, properties of materials and systems of control are applied to achieve these ends.
The obvectives are to lay stress on those aspects of technological activity that are central to its practice, i.e. problem solving by integrating various concepts from a variety of academic disciplines. The solution to be evaluated, corrected and modified where necessary.'
Peter Adamczyk - Finance Officer and Evaluator for Masterclasses
Over 60 pupils from 16 schools in East and West Sussex participate in the series of Masterclasses.
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