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The Bloodhound SSC Project

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Summary

How the latest British land speed record attempt, Bloodhound SSC, is inspiring Key Stage 3 students to take up science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

Bay House School in Gosport gets to grips with the Bloodhound SSC land speed record attempt, and hosts a visit from one of its engineer, Annie Beresford.

The project aims to break 1000mph, faster than a speeding bullet, on a desert plain in South Africa in 2011.

Annie comes to the school to learn about a unique set of projects the school has set up based around Bloodhound, culminating in pupils building and racing their very own rocket powered model cars.

Along the way KS3 students have to calculate the speed of sound, study aerodynamics, learn about marketing and delve into the history of the land speed record attempt.

Tension mounts as the teams compete against each other to be the fastest, with their model cars reaching speeds of up to 60mph on the school's improvised test track.

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