VIDEO - Rocket powered car fires young imaginations at business event

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Primary and secondary school pupils paid an inspirational visit to see the Bloodhound Supersonic Car when it came to town for a manufacturing conference.

The two-day event was held at the premises of SHD Composite Materials on Sleaford Enterprise Park, which is supplying resin that makes the carbon fibre bodywork of the car being designed to break the land speed record and travel at more 1,000mph within the next two years.

A balloon powered rocket car constructed by Carre's and High School pupils launches down the test track. EMN-141013-172737001

A balloon powered rocket car constructed by Carre's and High School pupils launches down the test track. EMN-141013-172737001

Tony Parraman, head of sponsor Liaison with the Bloodhound SSC team, explained the primary aim is to inspire the next generation to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to provide a workforce for the design and manufacturing industry. On Thursday year six pupils from Heckington and Leasingham Primary Schools, as well as year nine students from the town’s secondary schools, went along to hear a presentation from Mr Parraman, before having a go at making their own balloon-powered jet cars and viewing the Bloodhound.

On Friday, a manufacturing conference was staged by the county council and NatWest Bank at the venue to highlight the support available to companies within Lincolnshire promoting manufacturing and engineering within the county and the opportunities and support networks in place.,

Carre's Grammar School year nine students with the Bloodhound SSC car. EMN-141013-172748001

Carre's Grammar School year nine students with the Bloodhound SSC car. EMN-141013-172748001