Take me to Mars!

A design competition for young students in South Africa

Are you a student (between 10 and 18 years old) who is interested in creating, making and building? And do you want to know more about living on Mars and what scientist who will be based can 3D print? Then this competition is for you!

Send us your design suggestions takemetomars@whytoyz.com as to what Dr Adriana Marias may require on Mars that can be 3D printed. What can be important to her survival on Mars?

Application criteria:

Students ages 10 – 18:

  • living or studying in South Africa can apply either as individuals or in groups of maximum 3 kids per group.

Students ages 10 – 14:

  • One overall drawing (a hand drawing or a powerpoint slide will suffice) essential but can be expanded with extra drawings or slides to explain functionality (not essential)
  • A short description of functionality highlighting the purpose and the benefits

Students ages 15 – 18:

  • Hand drawings, slides, renderings or 3D models (idea only)
  • A more detailed description of functionality highlighting the purpose and the benefits

Whilst manufacturability, practicality and esthetics of the potential design may be important, the evaluation panel places a great emphasis on the idea of what can be 3D printed. So think out of the box and get creative!


Email us your ideas on takemetomars@whytoyz.com before the 27th of October, 2019. Winners in both categories will be invited to come to the RAPDASA Annual Conference in Bloemfontein on the 8th of November.