Manchester CanSat Project organises weekly workshops throughout the academic year to STEM students aiming to develop or even introduce skills such as soldering, modelling on SolidWorks, data acquisition, flight software and integration and testing.
The workshops are open to students who have no experience or next to none as well as students who do have experience and want to further their skills. Therefore, the workshops are orientated around both sets of students through simple explanations and practical activities to provide hands-on experience along with bonus objectives.
The workshops are run by MCP along with MANSEDS committee members. Each week, organisers deliver a presentation on a new skill set and will follow it up with a hands-on activity. The attending students will be placed into teams and each team will design their own QbCan. If students wish to continue with their design, they are encouraged to compete in the UK CanSat Competition.
Workshop objectives are currently preliminary but will most likely consist of and are not limited to the following:
Week 1 – Introduction, Systems Overview and Requirements
Week 2 – Descent Control and Mechanical Components
Week 3 – Sensors
Week 4 – Assembly and Integration
Week 5 – Guest Lecture – Communication Protocols
Week 6 – Communications and Data Handling
Week 7 – Flight Software and Assembly II
Week 8 – Integration II and Testing
Week 9 – Finalising of Design
Week 10 – Requirements Compliance and Sequence of Events
Week 11 – Final Checks
Week 12 – Launch
Week 13 – Guest Lecture – Introduction to Python
Week 14 – Data Processing with Python
Week 15 – Post Flight Review: Student Team Presentations
Week 16 – Winners of UK CanSat Competition Announced and Closing Session
Date and location of workshops will be announced later. Confirmation of Workshops Outline will also be confirmed at a later date.