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National Finals of the model rocket car competition - Bloodhound SSC @SantaPod

Four pupils from Year 7 qualified for the National Finals of the inaugural Micro:bit model rocket car competition. Over 5000 kits were distributed to secondary schools in the UK, with over 400 teams registering a time on the national database. The top 30 teams were invited to attend the National Final at Santa Pod Raceway with the team from Rose Hill ‘WAW’ qualifying 25th.
Upon arrival at the venue Team WAW had an opportunity to sample Virtual Reality provided by the Army, a key sponsor of the Bloodhound project. There were other activities laid on by the Army from a climbing wall to team building exercises. After a team briefing all the school groups were given a new model rocket kit plus a STEM ambassador or a member of REME to act as a scrutineer and offer guidance. The teams had 55 minutes to craft a new car ready for the first of two timed runs.
The 30 cars were launched in pairs and we won our heat convincingly. The stiff head wind kept speeds down to the high 30mph. During a working lunch the team fettled and tweaked the design, hoping for an even faster run. They had no idea where they were in the standings and tension was high. The second run saw another victory and they were told it was substantially faster than the first run, but still no idea how they were doing. After all cars were run Team WAW were placed joint 12th with an average speed of 39.24mph. The team didn’t win, but they were elated as they had finished higher than the qualifying position.
As part of the day all teams and teachers got to watch the current world record holders for a model rocket car test fire their latest model. Joseph Whitaker School hold the record at 533mph. The first test fire hit in the region of 500mph. The second launch was a different sort of rocket mixture and hit an unofficial speed of 700mph! Seeing what a normal school can achieve was inspirational for everyone and the team are now raring to go for greater speeds in next year’s competition.

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STEM club

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Rocket cars...

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