Midhurst college’s victory in Rocket Car competition

Year Nine students Saya Patel, Oliver Arnold and James Purves
Year Nine students Saya Patel, Oliver Arnold and James Purves

Students from Midhurst Rother College rocketed past teams from other West Sussex schools to win the Forest School Rocket Car Competition.

The event, which is part of the Bloodhound Education Programme, is supported by engineers who have been working on Bloodhound SSC - a supersonic car that is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound but to over 1,000mph.

The Bloodhound Project, a global engineering adventure, is using this record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The teams had a few hours to complete the task of making their own Bloodhound model from a block of foam, with students demonstrating their ability to work as a team, demonstrating their knowledge and thought processes through drawings, annotations, design ideas, construction of the vehicle and be able to suggest modifications to their cars.

As a final challenge, the model vehicles fuelled by small rocket chargers, raced on a launch system across the Forest School tennis courts.

A combination of good scores from the construction round, and a winning time in the race-off, saw Year Nine students Saya Patel, Oliver Arnold and James Purves win the event for Midhurst.

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