Here are the notes from the meeting of Engineers on Monday night:
The meeting went well and the children got involved discussing various aspects. Brimscombe and Meadowside were attending schools, Croft sent their apologies.
Happy to go with the common as the vote has gone that way. We spoke about it at the meeting and it seemed quite favourable even to schools who had to travel there.
The consensus is that we would like to have 3 figures as passengers or, if not possible, might combine parts of 3 so at least part of a mascot to return to school has been on the mission! We found quite a detailed graphic of weights of various Lego characters which helped predict combined weight!
The children wondered if we could use a flat strip of Lego for 1 or more figures to stand on in front of the camera. It would have to be superglued on presumably, so may require 'surgery' on return to Earth!
In order to get more interest in the project we discussed making some stop animations of the character(s) boarding shuttles as side projects at school.
We discussed using a food box/margarine tub containing bubble wrap/sponge/egg cartons as alternatives to polystyrene and that we should use reflective tape to help identify it as a recoverable object/stop it getting run over on a dark country road!
We decided that, if we can predict where the mission might land, we could contact some primary schools to let them know what we are doing and to look out (Even if this is highly unlikely, it seemed like a good communications opportunity!).
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