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Energy Coast UTC students win regional rocket car challenge

Energy Coast Students

Energy Coast UTC students visited RAF Leeming on 28 April to compete in the Bloodhound Rocket Car Regional Challenge. The year 11 students were placed 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th in an exciting rocket car launching regional final.

The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM).

The project is a great opportunity to get students excited about science, work as a team and get hands on experience of programming and aerodynamics in one of the most fun ways possible. Rocket car kits are designed, modified and constructed by students and then raced in controlled conditions. The rocket cars are launched down a controlled track and their speed is calculated using programmed BBC MicroBits. There is also a BBC MicroBit housed inside the rocket car which measures and records acceleration – this data is captured after the launch for analysis by students.

During the final summer term, Graeme Jackson (Head of Engineering) and a team of 4 students plus a supporting teacher will travel to Santa Pod to compete in the final for a chance to win:

  • 1st prize – £1000.00 for the school and a team VIP trip to South Africa for the team to see BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car run
  • 2nd Prize – £500.00 for the school
  • 3rd Prize – £250.00 for the school

Speaking about the team’s performance, Graeme said:

Our students performed brilliantly and showcased their advanced engineering skills to perfection. We are looking forward to the next stage of the competition.

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