For a number of weeks, students from schools all over England, Wales and Scotland have been designing, building and racing their own rocket cars, as part of Race for the Line – the micro:bit model rocket car competition. Now the challenge has come to Microsoft’s Future Decoded, at the ExCel Exhibition centre!
The Race for the Line Challenge is split into two regional competitions, and we are joined at Future Decoded by Littlehampton Academy (winners of the England & Wales competition), and Cleveden Secondary School (winners of the Scotland competition), where once again they must build a rocket car, designed to travel at as fast a speed as possible.
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But how does it work?
Each car is fitted with a BBC micro:bit, allowing the speed to be recorded when it shoots past the other micro:bits that form a speed gate at the end of the track.
In the video below, the students from Littlehampton Academy designed and built a car that travelled faster than the car built by our very own Microsoft UK Education team interns(!), but we’ll have to wait until later on to find out how the students from Cleveden get on!
Win a trip to Newquay with BLOODHOUND SSC
Over the next two days, delegates at Microsoft Future Decoded are invited to test their design and engineering skills for the chance to win a day out for them and their families with the BLOODHOUND SSC team at their Newquay testing site.
Using BBC micro:bits that are programmed to track the velocity of the rocket cars along the track, the BLOODHOUND SSC team will be keeping a live leader board of top speeds over the course of the two days, before crowning a winner at the close of Future Decoded tomorrow. Simply find the any of the BLOODHOUND team in the foyer at the ExCel and ask them about entering!
Taking its inspiration from the 1,000mph World Land Speed Record attempt, the Bloodhound Project is an opportunity to inspire a generation of young learners about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. As well as the Race for the Line project involving the BBC micro:bit, there are a number of other educational activities build around the BLOODHOUND Project, including BLOODHOUND BLAST, a free social learning platform created to allow the world of education to engage collaborate, and utilise the project to create inspire young learners.