Race Day arrived at The Cooper School, for Year 7 recently. 133 Year 7 students were tasked with designing and making a rocket car as part of a nation-wide project supported by our armed forces.
The Students studied previous land speed record cars – their propulsion and design, then examined Bloodhound, the UK’s current land speed record machine. A quick study of basic aerodynamic shapes and wind tunnel tests allowed students to form a race team and design their own solution to the challenge of recording the fastest speed for a model rocket car. Once designed they marked and cut out their shapes from foam blocks.
Race day involved the team members delegated with tasks like mechanic, electrician, safety officer, and pilot. This mimicked the actual team set up used by Bloodhound (but obviously much more complex!)