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BLOODHOUND Scotland Rocket Car Challenge Competition Final

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BLOODHOUND Scotland is a partnership between Energy Skills Partnership (ESP), the Army, Education Scotland and Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) working together to bring The Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge to Scotland.

The BLOODHOUND SSC Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 BLOODHOUND Scotland currently consists of a network of 15 regional college hubs across Scotland from Isle of Lewis and Thurso to the Scottish Borders. Through support from the partners 40 college staff and 45 Army personnel from across Scotland have been trained as BLOODHOUND Ambassadors to deliver the Rocket Car workshops.  Each hub has also been equipped with a race kit including BBC micro:bits and a supply of rocket cars. The competition allows the college network to engage with their local schools and promote STEM related careers and inspire the next generation.

BLOODHOUND Scotland’s Rocket Car Challenge: Race for the Line (#bloodhoundscotland) sponsored by Microsoft was launched on 18 April 2016 as part of the National competition which is open to secondary students aged 11-16. The competition will see teams compete to design, build and race a BLOODHOUND SSC model rocket car. National heats have been taking place in May hosted by hubs across Scotland with 92 schools taking part in the competition.

“I feel this project has created an excitement for STEM subjects that we haven’t seen the like of before and I hope to use the momentum to drive more enthusiasm from pupils and staff alike”. Dumbarton Academy.

On 9 June 2016 the fasted 30 teams from the heats will compete in the National Final at Glasgow Science Centre for a chance to win £1000 for their school and a trip to Newquay in early 2017 to see the real BLOODHOUND rocket car test run up to 250mph before it is transported to South Africa for its record breaking attempt. 

Jim Brown Director of Energy Skills Partnership stated:

“Having recently developed our STEM Strategy to engage with schools we have identified a number of partners to work with including Education Scotland, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre, Skills Development Scotland, BLOODHOUND, EngineeringUK and the Glasgow Science Centre. This is the first programme to be rolled out and has been a fantastic partnership. You must see this, young people love it and are clearly inspired.”

Ed Fenton Regional Operations Manager, Army Careers Said:

“The Army are excited to be part of this partnership that is bringing the BLOODHOUND Scotland project to secondary school pupils across the country. Our team have enjoyed working with ESP to promote STEM subjects as we recognise the value of these skills in our own future apprentices. The Rocket Car Challenge is a brilliant initiative that has enthused students and enabled them to get involved with science, technology, engineering and maths in a practical way. The project has given these young people a better understanding of how STEM subjects can be used in various job roles to help them build their careers in the future.”