Rocket Car Challenge

Rocket Car Challenge

Last Friday saw four of our First Year pupils compete in the regional finals of the ‘Race for the Line Rocket Car Challenge’ at Brambletye School in East Grinstead. Yoyo, Erin, Lorcan and Pia represented the School against schools from all over the south-east in a competition designed to test design, maths, physics as well as team-work skills. The aim was to build the fastest model car, taking inspiration from Bloodhound SSC and its attempt to break the world land speed record and reach an incredible 1,000mph.

Having won the school heat earlier in the year, the team were tasked with improving their initial concept, while also designing and manufacturing their own wheels and axels. The day was made up of building their new improved car, constantly checking to ensure it met strict safety guidelines. With help from the army, their car passed scrutinising to be put on the start line. A rocket was then inserted and the car fired down the race track. The team managed a tremendous speed of 33 mph in their run which resulted in a very respectable eighth place in an extremely competitive and closely- fought competition.

Neil Stokes

Head of Computing

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