Bloodhound Supersonic Car

swansea landspeed record attempt graphicThe mission: to build a car capable of traveling at over 1000mph and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Science made simple are taking the project on the road, in this interactive science show.

What are the challenges in building a vehicle that travels faster then a speeding bullet? See rocket tests, the effect of drag and the fastest mathematician on earth.

 

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2

  • Comparing properties of materials including hardness, strength and flexibility, and relating these to uses of the materials
  • Friction, including air resistance, as a force that slows moving objects and may prevent objects from starting to move
  • When objects are pushed or pulled, an opposing pull or push can be felt
  • Sounds are made when objects vibrate, but that vibrations are not always directly visible
  • Looking at the part science has played in the development of many useful things
  • Using appropriate scientific language and terms, including SI units of measurement to communicate ideas and explain the behaviour of materials, phenomena and processes

Key Stage 3

  • Forces are interactions between objects and can affect their shape and motion
  • Elements and compounds show characteristic chemical properties and patterns in their behaviour
  • Use real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science
  • Use creativity and innovation in science, and appreciate their importance in enterprise
  • Explore contemporary and historical scientific developments

 

Learning Objectives

Key Stage 2

After watching this show pupils should:

  • Understand that engineering is a practical application of science and technology.
  • Know that science and engineering can be used to develop new technology, and make advances to existing technology, and that these developments can have implications for how we live our lives.
  • Understand that air is a material and that it can affect how a moving object will travel.
  • Know that materials are considered for different purposes based on their properties.
  • Know that things that go faster than the speed of sound will make a sonic boom.
  • Know that forces can be used to make an object move and that the amount of force applied to an object affects how much the object will move.
  • Know that oxygen is needed for things to burn.

Key Stage 3

After watching this show pupils should:

  • Understand that engineering is a practical application of science and technology.
  • Know that science and engineering can be used to develop new technology, and make advances to existing technology, and that these developments can have implications for how we live our lives.
  • Understand that air is a material and that it can affect how a moving object will travel.
  • Understand that aerodynamics is a very important consideration in the design of cars, in terms of drag and turbulence.
  • Know that trial and error is a very important part of the design process.
  • Know that materials are considered for different purposes based on their properties.
  • Know that things that go faster than the speed of sound will make a sonic boom.
  • Know that forces can be used to make an object move and that the amount of force applied to an object affects how much the object will move.
  • Know that oxygen is needed for things to burn, and that oxygen can relight a glowing splint.

 

Duration

50 or 60 minute versions available

Suggested audiences

  • 9-13 year olds
  • Families or mixed age groups
  • Festivals and events

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector Screen
  • Two long tables
  • Room that can be darkened is preferable
  • Floor space that can get wet!
What people say about us

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    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive