Bloodhound speeds in to inspire pupils

A UK project to break the world land speed record is coming to North Oxfordshire to inspire local school pupils.

BLOODHOUND SSC is a high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier.

On Monday 20 April the BLOODHOUND STEM roadshow arrives at Banbury and Bicester College’s Bicester campus to offer local young people a host of related activities.

The roadshow, featuring a full-sized model of BLOODHOUND SSC, will be at the campus in Telford Road for a full week, culminating with an open day style event for local people on Saturday 25 April.

BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car

Schools are being invited to get involved by organising trips for pupils in Years 3 to 9. The roadshow will feature engineering and computer science activities to inspire young people into pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Up to 120 pupils can attend each day. Schools can register their interest here.

Rose Turner, principal of Banbury and Bicester College, said: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming the BLOODHOUND Roadshow to Bicester and to be able to widen participation to schools in North Oxfordshire.

“Our Bicester campus is home to our motorsport and engineering programmes so we already know that our students will get a great deal from the experience, which will support their studies.

“We hope that as many schools as possible will take the opportunity to come along and get involved as we seek to inspire more young people into science and engineering.”

Schools are invited to book in to take part in a day of presentations and activities, covering themes including aerodynamics, engineering problem solving and teamwork, forces and augmented reality. There will also be a chance to try 3D printing and to build a rocket car.

Kirsty Allpress, education programme manager at BLOODHOUND, said: “There is a shortage of scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the UK and we therefore urgently need our young people to be motivated to enjoy and study science, technology, engineering and maths subjects at school and then at college and/or university.

“The BLOODHOUND Project is endeavoring to be the catalyst through which young people will acquire the skills and develop innovative talents that will enable them to overcome the challenges we face on a global scale.”

Any schools wanting to find out more and book a visit to the roadshow can visit  the dedicated web page and complete the online form.

Anyone else keen to visit the roadshow can do so at the Banbury and Bicester College open event at the Bicester campus, in Telford Road, on Saturday 25 April, 10am until 1pm.