Bloodhound goes back to school

On Monday 23 March the Institution of Mechanical Engineers took the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car to visit the Simon Balle School in Hertford.

The full-scale model of the Bloodhound SSC car was on display to help raise awareness among schoolchildren about the Bloodhound SSC project and its aims to inspire a generation about science and engineering.

The vehicle is aimed at breaking the world land speed record of 763 mph later this year before its 1,000 mph run in South Africa in 2016.
The vehicle is aimed at breaking the world land speed record of 763 mph later this year before its 1,000 mph run in South Africa in 2016.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is one of the key sponsors of Bloodhound SSC, which aims to break the world land speed record of 763 mph later this year before its 1,000 mph run in South Africa in 2016.

The visit gave pupils an opportunity to explore the different components of the car, as well as providing them with workshops on 3D manufacturing and rocket cars.

James Hobbs, marketing and membership director at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’, said: “We need to encourage more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), to ensure we have the right skills to keep the country’s economy growing and to tackle the big challenges facing humankind like rising population and climate change.

ImechE reps hopes that events like these will inspire the next generation of youngsters to pursue careers in engineering.
ImechE reps hopes that events like these will inspire the next generation of youngsters to pursue careers in engineering.

“At the moment the number of people pursuing STEM careers is just not enough to meet future demands, which is why inspiring young people through the Bloodhound SSC project is so important.

“We hope that by showcasing the Bloodhound SSC car pupils at Simon Balle will realise the hugely exciting prospects there are in pursuing a career in engineering and STEM more generally.”