Rocket Car Report - The Final WeekOn friday 10th March, after several weeks of research, planning and making, 5 teams of students finally got to test their designs at the Bloodhound 'Race for the Line' competition hosted here at Sir John Hunt.
After a week of rain the weather improved, giving dry conditions for the races to take place. The day began with an early start for several students who took part in a live interview with BBC Radio Devon to discuss the challenge and their rocket cars. The Army arrived at lunchtime to prepare the race track and prime the rockets ready for inserting into the team cars. We were also joined by teams from Fourlanesend Primary in Cawsand and St Andrews Church of England primary in Buckland Monachorum, making a total of 35 competing cars.
Once everyone had been introduced the racing began, car times were measured using BBC Microbit computers to track acceleration and speed. The afternoon was also filmed by BBC Spotlight for a report that went out on Friday evening’s news and by the Plymouth Herald. There was a wide variety of cars on show, with some innovative shapes being tested. Only one car had an incident when it crashed into the timing gate in spectacular style, but it was able to race again shortly afterwards. The top speed recorded was 76mph by a team from St Andrews, with an SJH team making 72mph. The data will now be uploaded to the Bloodhound site and teams will then find out if they have earned a place at the regional finals in Newquay next month.
The event was a great success, which we hope to continue in the future. Also a massive thank you to all staff involved in supporting this event.
Mr Waite & Mr Whitfield
ACL for Science & CL Art & Creative Technologies