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The Space Science Engineering Foundations (SSEF) supports the UK Space Settlement Design Competition (UKSDC) finals held at Imperial College, London and the Galactic Challenge (GC). This event stimulates students like no other and in many ways: enjoyment, fulfilment, learning, teamwork and adding to their desire to learn about science and the universe. The experience applies to not only those already interested in science and engineering but is an experience that participants will value for life whether they stay in science disciplines or not. The Galact Challenge is a shortened version of the UKSDC held at schools thoroughout the UK for 9-12 year olds and 13-14 year olds. The UK Space Design Competition sets 250, 15-18 year old students against each other in five companies of fifty students each, where students act as designers, engineers, managers, draftsman to name a few. The students are presented with a request that differs each year to design a settlement 60 years I the future on for example, Mars, Mercury or an asteroid. The settlement may be for as many as 10,000 people. The students must solve engineering problems but also, government, entertainment, medical, food, energy and all issues that a space settlement might confront. The students spend a weekend designing and presenting their results to 12 judges. The winning company selects 12 students to represent them in the International finals in Houston at NASA. The competition is an industry simulation that gives students experience in engineering and management. The competition is supported by Imperial College, the UK Space Agency and several other government and organizations including the Royal Society. It is unique in that students are given a detailed request for settlement design by a futuristic company. It is the students own designs and ideas, not adults and it is truly remarkable what they achieve. The competition is in its 5th year in the United Kingdom. the International competition has been held for the last 27 years. All schools and science clubs are welcome to enter. Both state and public schools have done well in the past with 2010 and 2011 having students from City Academies representing the UK in the international final.

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