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Year 10 Trip - Bloodhound Project at Beijing Jiao Tong University

22 May 2015

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This year, the Science department is holding STEAM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) on the 1st – 5th June to celebrate all things Science and engineering!

As part of the STEAM week, we took 100 pupils to Beijing Jiao Tong University for the exciting opportunity to attend a lecture on the BLOODHOUND project. Wing Commander Andy Green is a serving Royal Air Force Fighter Pilot and, through the Bloodhound project, aims to break his own land speed record by driving his supersonic car at 1000mph. In doing so he will travel faster than a speeding bullet!

Throughout his lecture Wing Commander Andy Green highlighted the multi-disciplinary nature of large scale engineering projects such as BLOODHOUND. From the material science of manufacturing a wheel that can rotate at 10304 revolutions per minute to the aeronautical engineering of keeping a 1000mph rocket powered car on the ground; we gained an insight into the range of different disciplines of science and engineering that go into breaking the land speed record.

Pupils also had the opportunity to talk to the fastest man on the planet and find out what inspired him to pursue his goal and the education and career choices he has made that led him to where he is now.

Update from: Mr. Ross Harnett, Teacher of Physics