As a joint venture between the Science Club and the Programming Club we took a group of 15 Year 7 boys to visit the Bloodhound SSC headquarters in Avonmouth on June 21st. There the boys had the opportunity to take a tour around the Bloodhound Rocket Car that will be attempting to break the land speed record in October 2017 at a whopping 1000mph. We also caught a glimpse of Andy Green, the current land speed record holder.
But best of all the boys got to race their carefully crafted foam cars with real rockets with the timing and acceleration data recorded by BBC micro:bits. Unfortunately the boys narrowly missed out on reaching the top 30 teams in the UK who have their names added to the Bloodhound’s tailfin, although special commendations go to Charlie Healy & Oscar Pyatt whose car “Kuài sù” came in at 44th position on the national leaderboard.
The boys had a fun and informative afternoon and we hope to be able to run this again next year.
The video of the Beechen Cliff rocket cars racing can be seen below: