Yate students discover supersonic car really is about rocket science

June 30 2015

STUDENTS from Brimsham Green School, Yate, were among a number of South Gloucestershire pupils invited to visit the site where the Bloodhound supersonic car is being built.

STUDENTS from Brimsham Green School, Yate, were among a number of South Gloucestershire pupils invited to visit the site where the Bloodhound supersonic car is being built.
They spent half a day at the technical centre in Avonmouth, where they took part in taster educational workshops that incorporated science, technology, engineering and maths.
Bloodhound is being used to inspire a new generation of engineers throughout its building and testing phases. The aim is to eventually try and reach 1,000mph in the car in South Africa in 2016 and to at least beat the current world land speed record of 763mph,
Pupils learnt how the car is powered with the help of an EJ200 jet engine normally seen in a Eurofighter aircraft and a rocket system.
They also met members of the development team, including technicians from the Royal Air Force and the Army’s Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.
A model rocket car workshop was even set up so they could design, build and race miniature cars. They also learned about chassis design, team work and time keeping, using physics, engineering and maths to help understand the science behind what the cars could achieve.
Rob Bennett, of the Bloodhound project, said information about the research, design, build and testing of the car was freely available to teachers and students - and anyone else – through the scheme’s website at www.bloodhoundssc.com/education
He said: “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.”