Manchester: St Paul's students inspired by supersonic BLOODHOUND project

Supersonic students

Supersonic students

Students from Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, recently attended an inspirational lecture delivered by the Bloodhound project team and organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The BLOODHOUND Project centres on BLOODHOUND SSC, a supersonic car that is designed to not only go faster than the speed of sound, but to over 1000mph. It can travel a mile in just 3.6 seconds! The car will be powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, which together produce more than 135,000 horsepower, more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.

Year 10 Physics students attended the amazing lecture at the University of Manchester where they were able to listen to the team as they discussed the innovative solutions required for this technically challenging project.

Mr Stephen McMahon, Head of Science at Saint Paul's, said: "The aim of the lecture was to inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics - and it certainly did that! The Bloodhound team shared their iconic research and talked about how they were going to attempt to set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000mph."

"The event focused on the magic of Physics and appealed to our students' interest in speed," commented Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher at Saint Paul's. "The lecture was fast-paced instilling a sense of excitement and wonder; it definitely captured the attention and enthusiasm of our students. We are sure that it will inspire and engage our students even more in their science studies."