1000mph Bloodhound car inspires pupils
Published on: 30 Jun 2015
CHILDREN from Blackhorse Primary School in Emersons Green had the chance to visit the workshop where the Bloodhound supersonic car is being created.
The car, which will attempt to create a world land speed record of 1000mph next year, is under construction in Avonmouth.
The 20 children, from Years 3 to 6, saw the EJ200 jet engine and other main components of the car. They also met Bloodhound’s build team and technicians from the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Army’s Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) working on the project, and learned of some of the extreme facts and figures involved in the ambitious attempt.
The pupils took part in a model rocket car workshop where they worked in pairs to design and build miniature race cars from foam blocks which they shaped and refined before going out to the test track area to race them. They learned about chassis design, team work and time keeping with the Bloodhound team using physics, engineering and mathematics to help them understand the science behind what the cars could achieve.
Sonya Lalli, who is in Year 6, said: “I really liked making the rocket cars and watching how each reacted because of how they are shaped. I’m thinking of becoming a chemical engineer when I’m older.”
Mark Truman, in Year 3, said: “I have really enjoyed the day. It was great to see how the engineers are working to fit all of the parts of the Bloodhound car together. It was also great fun to see the video of the Bloodhound car racing against a jet plane.”
South Gloucestershire Council’s Children and Young People Committee chair councillor Jon Hunt said: “We need to find ways to inspire today’s young people so they want to become the engineers of the future and meet the skills required for our hi-tech and aerospace industries here in South Gloucestershire. This project really captures pupil’s imagination and by using science, technology, engineering and maths skills to analyse the results of experiments they are learning valuable skills too.”
Rob Bennett from Bloodhound said: “The Bloodhound Project is unique when compared to other engineering ventures in that all the information about the research, design, build and testing of the car is freely available to teachers and students, and anyone else that wishes to visit our website. We want children and young people all over the world to get involved, set their own race times and get inspired by this one-off global research and development programme.”
Bloodhound’s primary aim is to inspire a generation, bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.
Bloodhound Blast is a free online community full of national curriculum educational resources that users can pick and choose whatever they wish to use. Take part at www.bloodhoundssc.com/education
A further series of school visits are planned to take place during the summer.