Year 7 pupils have been working on a STEM project called Race For The Line. The project is organised by the Learning Partership who are a group of STEM ambassadors working with the Royal Airforce, the Army and Navy. The project has involved some 408 schools and over 80,000 pupils throughout the UK designing, building and racing rocket powered cars.
Pupils worked in groups of four to design and build their cars. They learned about aerodynamics and forces and factors such as mass, drag and friction that affect the performance, design and engineering in cars.
On Wednesday, pupils raced over 30 cars on the school yard. The pupils were delighted to see how fast their cars went, reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph with 7 G of force exerted by the rocket motors.
The winning car belonged to team KFC, passing through the timing gates in 36.4 milliseconds. In second place were Dynomatics with a time of 39.3 ms, in third was Mid 37 with a time of 45.3 ms and in last place was Fantastic 4 with a time of 96.7 ms.
Next year, we hope to run the project again and enter winning teams into a regional competition. ... See MoreSee Less