VC students explain how they would colonize Mars in engineering class project

Project3 Two Victoria College Introduction to Engineering students make their PowerPoint presentation explaining how they would sustain life on Mars after evacuating a war-ravaged Earth.

The fate of the entire human race rested in the hands of nine students in Victoria College’s Introduction to Engineering class on Dec. 5.

The students were presented with the scenario of being left with only three weeks of preparation to evacuate a war-ravaged Earth with their classmates and colonize Mars. Magically, the Japanese dragon god Ryujin came to the students’ rescue and proposed to transport the students in the massive Tokyo Dome.

All the students had to do was inform Ryujin what alterations would need to be made to the Tokyo Dome before liftoff, how many people would be transported, what skillsets the evacuees would need to possess and what additional materials would be needed to transport the Tokyo Dome and sustain life on Mars.

Three engineers – Victor Mendoza, Alton Tupa and George Schmidt - and VC Industrial Programs Director Dwayne Maly served as judges for the project.

“Overall, I was pretty pleased with the presentations,” said Schmidt, a former mechanical engineer at Alcoa. “I think this course is excellent for students to get started in engineering at Victoria College.”

“This class has really helped us get to know what it is going to be like when we get into our core engineering classes,” said student Angela Winn. “Whether it’s machinery, aerospace or whatever, this class has prepared me to know what to expect later on when I go to a university.”

VC began offering the Introductory to Engineering course this semester. The course will be offered again during the Spring 2018 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:50 to 11:40 a.m.

“We are very excited about offering the course again next semester,” said instructor Deborah Pedraza. “We are looking to developing more engineering courses next year.”

Registration for the Spring 2018 semester will run through Jan. 10. VC offices will be closed for Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Jan. 1, but eligible students can still register online at via the Pirate Portal. VC will reopen on Jan. 2.

For information on registering, call (361) 573-3291.