Return to Listings Rocket Car Day – March 2017

Thursday 23rd March saw OBHS host a regional heat of the Race for the Line competition organised by the Bloodhound Project who are currently designing a jet propelled car that will hopefully beat the land speed record by going in excess of 1000mph. This heat saw 3 primary and  6 secondary schools (including Old Buckenham) from the region testing out the rocket engine powered cars they had designed to see which was the fastest. The testing was carried out by a team from the Army who fitted each car with a  micro:bit and fuel cell and timed them using light gates along a 50 metre course. They certainly had their hands full as they had to test nearly 70 different cars in a day. All in all the day went very smoothly and the students were thrilled to test out the cars that they had spent weeks designing. The full results have not been released at the time of writing, but the winning primary school car and the winning secondary school car will from this heat will progress to the next round and a chance to go to the National final on the 29th June. The  overall winners will be invited to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa for an unforgettable trip to watch the Bloodhound SSC on its desert track for its land speed record programme.

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