Bloodhound Micro:Bit Race for the Line Schools Competition


BLOODHOUND SSC is a UK designed and built car that is aiming to break the 1000mph barrier and set a new land speed record.

This summer term, the BLOODHOUND Project is using its world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics




Over the past year we have been working with the Bloodhound team and partner to develop a set of resources which allows students to utilise the BBC Micro:bit and programmed with Microsoft Touchdevelop.

The Micro:bit’s are used to capture the telemetry data X,Y,Z movement and acceleration from the rocket car. Students simply fit a Micro:bit into the Rocket car, the Micro:bit is secured within a custom case, which protect the Micro:bit. In association with Kitronik we have developed set of IRDA timing gates, these have been built to time the cars over a fixed 1m distance allowing students to measure the speed of their cars accurately during race conditions.


School teams across England, Wales and Scotland are invited to take part in the Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition, open for students aged between 11-16 years old. Design, build and race a model rocket car, using the BBC micro:bit accelerometer as your on board measure of acceleration and g-force. 

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Free model rocket car kits and teaching resources are available to help get your teams started, and a network of nationally accredited Race HUB’s are available to provide further support and training.

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Deadline for entry to receive free kits is the 29 April.


To enter, visit the pages below and register your school for your free kits and supporting materials:

If you are interested in finding out more about education resources related to the Bloodhound Project, visit:

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