After the entertaining lecture, the students were told to finalize the budget for their mission to Mars. Each team had to research, analyze, and value the totality of their objectives. After several hours of each group being glued to computers, the students had managed to put together a budget that met most of the teams' individual needs. The students had to defend their team's rights to certain funds and tried to persuade the presenter from the Gray Team into allowing more money to be allocated to their respective projects. The students began to understand how much work goes into organizing such a large scale event. However, it is understandable why these gifted students are in this program. Again and again they astounded the mentors by their organization, innovation, and creativity. These students are taking the project very seriously and are doing an amazing job. If the students continue their achievements in this program and bring them to life in the future, then it shall be a bright future indeed. This research and presentation session raged until noon when the students split up for lunch and some well deserved rest in the cafeteria of the Student Union Building.
|Students working hard to finalize their presentations|
|As the contraptions 'fell with grace' students crossed their fingers|
and hoped their's would survive the Egg Drop Competition
|Superintendent Luna, Dr. Schrader, Dave Marquart, and mentors watching the competition|
|Students writing programs to help their rover identify colors|
These blogs will continue to be posted every evening. A more "live" version of the days' events are being uploaded onto the ISAS: Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars' facebook page.
--Andrew Schrader and Jaime Guevara--