The Bloodhound Project

by Adam (BBC School Reporter)

Today I was in Newquay for the Penrice Academy Bloodhound Race.  The Bloodhound Project is an attempt for the land speed record and they’re doing a national competition in schools to see who could build the fastest miniature rocket car.

The cars were made out of foam and the students had to sand, cut and file away at it to give their cars a shape.

I asked some of the students what they most enjoyed about taking part in the Bloodhound Project and most of them told me that they enjoyed it a lot and some also said it was ‘very interesting.’

I also asked them what was special about their cars and many said  it was their paint jobs.

They also developed some skills during the process as well; for example they learned a lot about engineering which was the aim of the project.

After interviewing the students I then asked Mrs Nichols, Computer Science teacher, some questions.

I firstly asked her why she wanted to do the Bloodhound Project at school and she replied with: “I thought of it as an excellent opportunity for students to see the use of computing and engineering in the real world.”

I also asked her what skills the students may have learned during the project. She told me: “I like to think that the students could apply the skills that they have learned in the lessons so far, they’ll look at the design and creation of a car and how that car can be tracked to the data collected by the micro bit.”

And I finally asked her how far she thinks the students can get in the completion and she told me: “I’d like to think that the students could win the completion – fastest car wins of course!”

The Bloodhound Project is an fun, educational and unique opportunity for students to learn more about technology and engineering to encourage them to pursue a career in one of those subjects.

Unfortunately the students were not able to beat the fastest record but it still was a valuable experience for them and a great day out.