IEEE Mars Space Colony Game Teaches Technical Standards

Budding engineers will gain a better understanding of the process for developing standards for electric cars

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THE INSTITUTEMany organizations and agencies are working on sending humans to Mars. Before that can happen, though, a lot of decisions have to be made. One is what kind of vehicle people will use to get around. Although that question might seem simple enough, many factors play into that choice, including technical standards.

To help prepare the engineers of tomorrow who are likely to make those decisions is the Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization developed by IEEE Standards University, a joint program of the IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Educational Activities. This standards development simulation game aims to give participants a better understanding of the process of developing technical standards by putting them into the roles of working group members. They will work towards building consensus on the technology to be implemented for the electric cars to be used on the Red Planet.

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