Rocket Car Challenge Regional Final

Rocket Car Challenge Regional Final

On Thursday 27th of April 2017 a group of eight students from Year 7, 8 & 9 travelled to RAF St. Mawgan, near Newquay in Cornwall along with Mr Bevan and Mr Whitfi eld. They went to take part in the regional final of the Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge in the beautiful sunshine. The day started with a welcome and an introduction to RAF St. Mawgan by the base commander, followed by an introduction to the Bloodhound Project and the itenarary for the day by the project leader.

Rocket Cars

Next followed the design and make phase which lasted for 1 hour and 15 minutes, where our 4 teams redesigned, built and improved their styrofoam rocket car in preparation for the regional final that afternoon. During this phase of the event all teachers and adult helpers were banned from helping the students, so they were on their own! Before the cars were tested, they had to be checked to make sure they met the minimum size requirements. Unfortunately, one of the teams from another school had cut away too much material and as a result their car was disqualified, as it wasn’t safe to test!

Rocket Car Design Phase

Once again a team of army personnel set up the rocket firing systems and conducted the test fi ring of the rocket cars on a temporary range. As they tested the fourty four cars in numerical order, our teams were nearly last to go, so having watched most of the opposition the moment of truth arrived. Here are the Sir John Hunt results:

Team 38 (Gary Chambers & Owen Andrews) 27.28mph
Team 39 (Callum Orme-Luff & Cameron Watson-Hill) 35.56mphM
Team 40 (Haydn Cooke & Joshua Vanstone) 30.56mph
Team 41 (Colbie Bishop & Kyle Ginter) 30.98mph

Therefore Cameron and Callum ended the day as the Devon Secondary Schools runners up! Due to technical problems with dud rockets, temperamental firing systems and problems with timing gates, the event over ran by an hour so the group had an interesting and challenging experience. Throughout the day our teams represented us superbly, were a credit to the College and were inspired to follow the progress of the main Bloodhound Project. We’ll have to wait and see if the team can set a new land speed record by breaking the 800mph barrier, before going on to try to go faster than 1000mph!!!

Mr Whitfield
CL Art & Creative Technologies