Blast Off for Rocket Car Challenge

Blast Off for Rocket Car Challenge!

Last week saw the official start of Sir John Hunt’s Rocket Car 'Race for the Line' Challenge! The project is Inspired by the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car attempt at the World Land Speed Record. Teams of students from schools and colleges across the country are designing and building their very own foam rocket cars. Once finished the model rocket cars must blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates that gather vital data, enabling teams to modify and improve their designs.

The project works closely with Microsoft Education and the British Army with the competition blasting off in over 4,000 schools across the UK, reaching an estimated 112,000 students. SJH is the Regional Race Hub for Plymouth and will see various school teams competing at open race days in March of this year. The top two primary and secondary school teams from each hub will qualify for the regional finals. The winning primary and secondary school teams at each of the 15 regional finals are then invited to the national finals held in June at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire.

Rocket Car

The overall winning team will be invited to join the actual BLOODHOUND Team in South Africa for a once in a lifetime trip to see the Supersonic Car make history on the Hakskeen Pan.

During this week’s meeting students were briefed on the project, the materials available and began research into designing their rocket cars. They got to experiment with different methods of shaping and cutting the foam material to be used and were introduced to the various machines, computers and resources available to help them.

If you were unable to attend this week but would like to join in, come along to C001 on Thursdays from 3.05-4pm or speak to Mr Waite.

Rocket Car Designer

Mr Waite & Mr Whitfield
ACL for Science & CL Art & Creative Technologies