Children and St Buryan and Helston win places to represent the South West in the Bloodhound Project finals

46 school teams arrived at RAF St Mawgan in Newquay on 27 April to take part in the Cornwall and Devon finals of the Bloodhound Project Racefortheline.com model rocket car competition.

The Bloodhound Project is using a 1,000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

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Rachel Delourme, STEM Advisor from Cornwall Council Education Business Partnership, said, We started with over 4,000 local children from over 100 schools and today was the final culmination in months of hard work. We had 23 primary school teams and 23 secondary schools teams, with eight of them from Devon. They all worked together to design and build their own model rocket cars made from a block of foam, four wheels, a ruler, pencil and sandpaper. All had to make sure they stuck to strict guidelines with absolutely no help from any adult, with the exception of cutting the foam. Every issue they had, they needed to solve themselves. It was a real test of their teamwork, skills and knowledge.

‘This opportunity has enabled all children from a variety of schools, backgrounds, level of ability and interest in STEM subjects to do something practical and learn about possible engineering career opportunities. For some, it has opened up a world of possibilities they didn’t know existed. Inspiring our young engineers of the future is a key component of the Cornwall Careers Offer and it was fantastic to see so many young people show enthusiasm for STEM.’

After racing their cars down a carefully constructed runway, propelled by rocket fuel, children waited patiently for the winners to be announced.

Anji, a parent from Wadebridge Primary said, ‘Thank you so much for arranging that awesome experience for the children. They loved, it was so well done and I can't wait to see the future ideas it generates. Things like this help kids like Jack to engage with education where he could so easily be moving away from it and I can't thank you enough for making these things happen.’

The winning teams from Cornwall are:

  • St Buryan Primary with their car The EDJ
  • Helston Community College with their car Helston Hound

The winners will represent the South West at the finals in Northamptonshire on 29 June, with a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to South Africa to spend a week with the Bloodhound race team, plus a cash prize of £1,000.