On the 10th November the Institution of Mechanical Engineers will be bringing the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car to the Folkestone School for Girls.
The full-scale model of the Bloodhound SSC car, which aims to break the world land speed record of 763 mph in 2017 before its 1,000 mph run in South Africa in 2018, will be on display. The visit will give our year 7 girls an opportunity to explore the different components of the car, get ‘hands-on’ experience using reaction timers to see how they compare to BLOODHOUND SSC driver Andy Green’s reaction speeds as well as an opportunity to design and build their own model rocket cars.
Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said:
“We need to encourage more young people, and particularly girls, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Women currently make up just 6% of the engineering workforce and, given the engineering skills shortage, we cannot afford to miss out on the talent and ingenuity found in 51% of the population. Showcasing the Bloodhound project at Folkestone School for Girls will help give students a taste of some of the exciting possibilities of engineering careers and hopefully inspire the problem-solving engineers of tomorrow.”