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National Finalists - Santa Pod Raceway

TLA students beat thousands of others to win national Land Speed Record Rocket Car Challenge

Seven Year 8 and 9 students from TLA were amongst the many thousands of students across the country who took part in the Bloodhound model rocket car challenge. The goal was simple, using the foam block and wheels provided, design and make the fastest possible vehicle to race down a 20m track in order to gain a place in the National finals to be held at Santapod Raceway in July. To qualify the teams from TLA attended Goodwood Festival of Speed to race their rocket propelled vehicles down a 50m track in order to achieve a time fast enough to gain one of the top 30 places in the national final. We were delighted when two of the TLA vehicles successfully gained places in the final recording times of over 54mph in just 15 meters!

On finals day the teams were given one hour to build a new vehicle from scratch entirely unassisted by teachers using all their knowledge gained from building their initial vehicles. The race took the form of two runs down the drag strip at Santapod, the winners being the team that recorded the fastest combined time. At the end of the first round TLA teams successfully secured both first and second place out of a field of thirty vehicles an amazing achievement.

After watching an amazing launch of an unlimited class rocket car which achieved a speed of over 700mph all thirty teams were assembled for the prize giving. The winning team would be invited to Newquay for an unforgettable VIP day watching Bloodhound SSC land speed Record car test run before the car deploys to South Africa as well as £1,000 for their school.

What an amazing achievement, to gain first and second place in a national competition of this size.

Both teams put in a huge amount of time and effort researching, designing and developing their vehicles in order to get to this point. We are immensely proud of their creativity, perseverance and ultimately their achievement.  Team work and good humoured determination has been outstanding well done to each and every member of the team. Developing creative confident problem solvers that can deliver at the highest level is exactly what we are about within STEM and at TLA.  What’s our next challenge!


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