Cape schools make rockets for Bloodhound project

By admin
02 October 2013

Schools in the Cape were visited by a British cabinet minister recently to inspire them to become part of the Bloodhound SSC project, an attempt to break the world land speed record (read all about this and see what the car looks like in the latest issue of YOU, 3 October).

The aim of the project is to encourage young people in Britain and South Africa to become scientists and engineers, minister for universities and science David Willets said in a media release.

He was in Cape Town to support the supercar record attempt and the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) schools project. He visited the Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology, one of about 220 schools that have already joined the project.

British minister David Willets

During Willets’ visit a team from the Bloodhound schools project showed learners how to build rockets using paper, and how to launch them fast.

The Bloodhound SSC isn’t just a British experiment to better the land speed record but also an educational project your school can become involved with.

Schools can register at the Bloodhound SSC website to take part. This allows teachers to access to free classroom activities such as calculations for maths and Google map activities about Hakskeen Pan (the Northern Cape venue for the record attempt) for geography.

Lindon September and Qhama

David Rowly, director of the Bloodhound schools project in South Africa, said in a statement it was hoped that by the end of this year 1 000 schools would be involved in the project. “All the data and videos about the research, design, manufacturing and tests on the car are being shared freely with as many learners, teachers, schools and students as possible,” he said.

-Shané Barnard

Information and  photo’s: Engela Duvenhage, for Southern Science

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