DESIGNING A MARTIAN SOCIETY

Organisations like SpaceX and Mars One claim that we are almost ready to go, and that technological requirements for survival have been designed. But what is meant with survival? Are basic needs enough to survive? What about our social needs? How will you communicate with friends on earth? How will physical interaction work? What kind of activities will you do? It is in our nature to explore and in this age, what could be more interesting to explore than Mars? In order to successfully settle on the Red Planet there are many challenges to overcome, both technical and social.

In this masterclass, you and your peers will get to experience the potential chaos of small communities settling on Mars. You will develop technical solutions for a specific social problem and you will get acquainted with a practical design method to help plan, coordinate and execute the development, evaluation and implementation of your solution so that they can be used effectively and efficiently.

So, are you interested in society, technology and design, and willing to contribute to successful settlement of the first colonies on Mars? Do you enjoy team-work? Would you like to learn about innovative and critical thinking approaches to real-life problems? Then be sure to sign up!

HAVING TAKEN PART IN THIS MASTERCLASS, YOU ARE ABLE TO

  • List some challenges human colonies will face when moving to Mars;
  • Critically interpret and examine a major social problem related to colonizing Mars viewed from from different perspectives;
  • Design a solution to the problem and construct a prototype of the design;
  • Explain what the University College Twente (ATLAS) does in the field of colonizing Mars.
Colonizing Mars
Colonizing Mars
Colonizing Mars

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

All of the school subjects are related to this masterclass because it is such a broad topic. Because the teaching and materials of the Masterclass are in English, it is advised to be able to listen and write in English. 

DATES, APPLICATION AND COST

The masterclass is scheduled in the first period. Signing up for this masterclass in the first period is possible till the 15th of Ocotber. Students of Pre-U partnerschools can sign up by the Pre-U coordinator at their own school. Students from other school sign up at this registration form. Participation in this masterclass costs €125,- per person, but students from partnerschools pay a reduced amount of €95,- per participant.