Pupils from S3, S4, S5 & S6 visited Eden court on Wednesday 1st May to see the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car). This is the latest car produced by the makers of the previous land speed record car, Thrust SSC. In a joint project with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the cars manufacturers, the Bloodhound team have been touring the country to raise awareness of the car and to promote engineering to young people.
In total 48 pupils went to see the presentation and learn how the car works, what’s been involved in the design and how they are testing this phenomenal machine. The pupils watched a short video explaining the heritage of the land speed record and the battle between engineers in the UK and our counterparts in the USA. They told about the various technologies involved in designing, building and testing as well as the various roles engineers play in the project. Pupils had the opportunity to see a full size body shell for the car and handle some of the equipment to be used to control and power the Bloodhound which is hoped to attain a speed of over 1000mph in 2015.
The whole event was very informative and pupils said they really enjoyed the experience some showing a real enthusiasm for the project and engineering in general.
Mr Jonathan Richards, Technologies Department