bloodhound challenge

Aluminium Desert Wheels Challenge for Years 3-6

The Aluminium Federation is partnering with The BLOODHOUND Project to help get primary school pupils engaged in a world land speed record attempt. BLOODHOUND is a collaboration between world-leading engineering companies, universities and the military to build a jet car that reaches 1,000mph.

The Aluminium Desert Wheels Challenge gives young people the chance to take on the role of engineer. It’s for Years 3 to 6 and covers wide area of the Design & Technology National Curriculum.

Check out the video here for an insight  

What the Aluminium Desert Wheels Challenge involves

A major element in designing the jet car relates to the wheels. In this challenge, pupils get a taste of what BLOODHOUND engineers are grappling with by designing their own wheels using recycled aluminium.

  • It’s a 5-hour project that can be run as an activity day or over several classroom sessions
  • Pupils design their aluminium wheels using simple tools, test their designs and then adapt and improve them
  • They record their findings in a poster and a 3-minute video diary, which they submit to the judging panel

A shortlist of teams will then be invited to Bristol in April 2019 for the final.

How to get your school involved

Schools receive a comprehensive resource pack with everything they need to promote the competition and get started. It includes a presentation explaining the competition, a template for making and testing the car, tips for working with aluminium, information on judging criteria and more.

Register at http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/competition

The competition is free to enter. The deadline for entries is 1st March 2019.

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