30th September 2016
Head of Science
Bloodhound SCC - workshop
The current world land speed record stands at 763.035 mph, set in October 1997 by British RAF pilot Andy Green driving the jet-powered Thrust SSC. Green is looking to break his own record and has a new team and a new car behind him.
Bloodhound SCC has come to Cornwall and our group of Y10's spent a morning learning what it takes to make a car break the sound barrier and beyond. Truro museum houses an interactive model of Bloodhound and hosted the workshop where pupils designed, built and tested their own air powered rocket cars.
The workshop provided a perfect opportunity to combine elements of scientific learning along with tackling some of the soft skills that are so essential in adult life. The pupils were expected to work as a team to come up with a workable design that took into account all the ideas of their group, managing conflicting ideas and compromising along the way. A testing phase challenged the pupils emotional resilience as cars fell apart or crashed under the huge stresses of the air powered launcher but provided an opportunity to improve and refine designs. They problem solved the issues and came up with original solutions to try to overcome them. Repeat testing allowed fine-tuning of ideas and built self-esteem as their hard work paid off. Final testing allowed for reflection of efforts, ideas for what they would have done next and a chance to appreciate the efforts of the winning team.
The real Bloodhound SCC comes to Newquay airport in June next year for its only UK based trials before trying to exceed 1000 mph in South Africa in October 2017. I hope that the Bloodhound team are as successful as our students were at achieving their goals.