Desert Environment Advanced Challenge

Desert Environment Advanced Challenge

desert campSuitable for:
ideal activity for 10+
What you’ll learn:

  • Planning skills
  • Environmental considerations
  • Communication of ideas
  • Presentation of ideas on a plan and verbally
  • Demonstration of problem solving skills
  • Applying maths in real applications


The Bloodhound LSR High Speed Testing took set on a dry lake bed ( Hakskeen Pan ) in Northern Cape, South Africa. There are no facilities of any kind at the Pan ; it is basically a blank desert landscape many miles from the nearest township .
Bloodhound-in-the-desert-Nov-2019 The Bloodhound plan team, the cable car and all of their equipment had to be transported there and set up to run the project at its crucial final phase, leading to the record try. This necessitate 30 personnel for up to 90 days. This was done by Stuart Edmondson, Engineering Operations in 2019 .
deseert team and member
This video recording shows how crucial keeping the environment protected around Hakskeen Pan is :

Your Challenge:
Your challenge is to consider homo and storage needs when running the car in South Africa and to plan a nucleotide for personnel to live and work in, set in a abandon environment .
You can work in groups or on your own .
Workshop requirements:

  • A large blank piece of paper
  • Pens & pencils, including different colours + rulers
  • Tables & chairs to work from.

actual desert camp
Task 1:

  • Work together to decide on requirements making notes, drawings, layouts, etc. on the plan provided.
  • You will then need to work as a group on how you can take care of this pristine environment considering everything including recycling, energy, food, water and team welfare
  • There are issues relating to water. Each person requires 200 litres per day for washing, cleaning, drinking. Calculate how much water you will need & think about how you will store it

Task 2 ( Key Stage 3 Level 5+ )
We besides need water for washing, showers, cleaning clothes and cook .
a ) It is estimated an adult uses 5 Litres of urine per lavish. Supposing you have 2 showers a day ( you might need this because it is so hot in the desert ), how much water will be needed for the 60 people for the 90 days ?

barn ) Supposing you chose to store this water in standard urine tanks measuring 3 metres by 2 metres by 2 metres. How many of these water system tanks would you need ?
Task 3 ( GCSE Higher Level )
a ) It is suggested storing the water in a vertical cylindrical tank.Using your answer to Task 2a, calculate the height this cooler would need to be ?
b-complex vitamin ) How much would the water weigh ?
( 1 cubic meter of water weighs 1 metric ton )
coke ) The tank has to be manufactured from metallic element.
The manufacturers need to know the entire open area of the cylinder. Calculate it in square metres .
Task 4
Why store the water in a cylindrical tank rather than a orthogonal one ?
Why not have the cooler with a 20m base alternatively of a 5m base so it does not need to be american samoa high ?
Task 5
Simon, an engineering scholar came up with the idea below for a shower, in the Bloodhound LSR abandon camp .
Simons shower
It consisted of a long rectangular urine tank 450mm high, painted black, with a organ pipe leading to a shower head over where the person stands .
Do you think this would work ? Why ? What are any advantages or disadvantages you can think of ?

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