St George’s Academy students were among 380 from across the county attending RAF College Cranwell’s annual Sir Isaac Newton Lecture.
They listened to the latest update on Project Bloodhound, Wing Commander Andy Green’s attempt to achieve the 1,000 mile per hour land speed record.
Wg Cdr Green, a former Phantom pilot, will drive the Bloodhound Supersonic Car at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in 2015 but while he hopes to take the land speed record he told his young audience the main objective was to showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics and inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers. Asking them to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ he hoped they would ‘confront and overcome future global challenges’.
The Bloodhound education programme is available to all pupils in primary and secondary schools and to students in further and higher education. Over 5,000 schools have already registered, plus numerous presentations have been given to other groups and professional institutions, taking the project into the heart of the community and society.
Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph, with more power than an F1 starting grid. The car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front being carbon fibre like a racing car and the back being metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.
The Sir Isaac Newton Lecture is an annual event aimed at giving Key stage 4 and 5 students an insight into engineering or science-related subjects with a view to following a career in these subjects.