Bloodhound Supersonic Car

bloodhoundThe mission: to build a car capable of travelling at over 1000mph. The aim: to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Science made simple are taking the Bloodhound Supersonic Car project on the road, in this contemporary and topical science show.

Forget the fast cars of today, this is the fast car of tomorrow. But what are the challenges in building a vehicle that travels faster then a speeding bullet? How do we test air resistance, reduce drag, increase the strength of materials, and keep our engine powered? It’s not just about the engineering of cars; we also look at the far wider applications of 21st Century engineering.

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Bloodhound Supersonic Car is suitable for ages 9-13, as well as for family shows and festivals. The show duration is between 50 to 60 minutes.

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Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2

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    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

Key Stage 3

  • Friction and air resistance as forces, and how these can be reduced
  • How materials can be designed to be stronger and lighter
  • Sound as a wave, and supersonic sound as a shock wave in vibrating air
  • Forces are interactions between objects and can affect their shape and motion
  • Chemical reactions can produce energy and both useful and waste products
  • Use creativity and innovation in science, and appreciate their importance in enterprise

 

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.bloodhound_simulation

 

What people say about us

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    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “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