Project Space Race Reflection

Project Space Race was split into 3 missions. Mission 1 was about the Cold War, mainly the Space Race. In mission 2, we learnt what makes a good speech/pitch, then we made the scaled drawing and first prototype of our rover. Mission 3 was just working on the final prototype for the rover and the website.

Our investors liked our pitch because we are more realistic. Most companies say that they can travel 40 light years within a year, but with current technology, we are no where close to traveling at the speed of light. The audience were surprised when they saw that our rover actually works. We were able to convince the uninterested investors to invest into our company by put their name onto our rover. Next time, we would make the base of our rover bigger, because our current rover balance as good as other rovers.

During this project, I learned about the Space Race and Arms Race, which helped me understand competition may drive innovation. For example, when the USSR send the first cosmonaut to space, the United States was desperate to send an astronaut to space. That made the US the first country to send a man to space and back. Another thing I found really surprising was NASA sent INSIGHT to Mars just to learn about the formation of Earth, which made me think that knowledge can also drive innovation. Completing this project, I learnt that I need to work on writing a hook and conclusion for an informative writing. For example, when I was writing the website informative essay, I had a hard time coming up with a good hook. Before this project I used to think that only competition drives innovation, now I think there’s a lot of other factors that drive innovation: curiosity, knowledge, survival, etc. The driving question impacts me or my community because innovation is crucial to start a business. For example, if my idea is common and nothing is unique, no one will buy my product; but if my idea is new and unique, more people will likely buy my product. Looking back on this project, I realize that innovative and new ideas are more likely to take over the old ones. For example, although NASA is the most successful space company, but there is a lot of supporters for a new space company, SpaceX. I think the main factors that drive innovation are passion and the desire for knowledge. However, a big question I still have is: Will there ever be an end to innovation?