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Rocket car competition ignites Wayland Academy pupil’s passion for science and technology

Wayland Academy pupils working on their model rocket powered car. Picture: Ten Group

Wayland Academy pupils working on their model rocket powered car. Picture: Ten Group

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Fourteen pupils from Wayland Academy, Watton, had their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ignited with a day of designing and building model rocket-powered cars.

Wayland Academy pupils� model rocket powered cars being tested at RAF Honington. Picture: Ten Group Wayland Academy pupils� model rocket powered cars being tested at RAF Honington. Picture: Ten Group

Fourteen pupils from Wayland Academy, Watton, had their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths ignited with a day of designing and building model rocket-powered cars.

The youngsters, from years seven to nine, were representing the school at the regional final of the Model Rocket Car Challenge at RAF Honington.

The event is organised by Bloodhound, the engineering team behind the most recent attempt at breaking the land speed record, set up the national competition to inspire a generation of engineers.

After coming second in a regional heat at Peterborough, the Wayland Academy pupils were proud to have made it to the Regional Final.

Their car rocketed through the one metre speed measurement zone in just 64.2 milliseconds but unfortunately it was not quite enough to see the academy progress to the national final.

Amanda Todd, intervention group teaching assistant at the school, said: “Our students had an amazing day at RAF Honington and we are very proud of their achievement in making it to the regional final.

“We will definitely be entering again next year, and hope to do even better next time around. The Bloodhound Model Rocket Car Challenge has been a brilliant way to get students thinking about STEM-related careers.”

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