This annual competition is a problem solving team event for secondary Physics and Mathematics students.
It is organised by the department of engineering science at Auckland university. Teams consist of four year 12/13 students. Bonita Menezes organised and entered two teams from Green Bay High School and Mike Reynolds was on hand to help out with maths issues.
The competition ran last saturday, from 8am to 5pm. The competition question was “How much fuel is required for a manned mission to Mars?”
The ideal skill set of an Engineering Science student includes
– logical and analytical thinking, strong mathematics/physics background: Skills that help develop mathematical models of real-life applications.
– computer affinity: Most models can only be solved and analysed with the help of computers.
– strong communication skills.