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Next generation

The next generation of rocket scientists showed their potential with inspired ideas for a manned mission to Mars.

The BlottMatthews Mission to Mars Competition at Langstone Hotel, devised by Charles Matthews and Richard Blott, and supported by the Young Engineers Charity, saw sixth form students from across Portsmouth and Havant compete for a £5,000 prize.

Havant MP Alan Mak awarded the prize for ‘Inspired Engineering’, recognising a particularly impressive use of complex mathematics, to the submission from Oaklands Catholic Sixth Form College students. A team of experts chose the winner, having reviewed all five submissions from Havant College, Portsmouth High, Oaklands, Portsmouth College and Portsmouth Grammar.

Following the ceremony, Alan said: “I was delighted to meet the next generation of budding rocket scientists at the BlottMatthews Mission to Mars competition awards. The entries were all of an extremely high standard, and the judging panel must have had a difficult time in picking an overall winner.”

Competition organiser Charles Matthews said: “It is good to see our local MP showing support for the core subjects in our industry, and I hope that the government continues to support school, college and university programmes for the next crop of British engineers, mathematicians and rocket scientists!”

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