Next, the teams were challenged to design and build an air-powered car using Knex, making it lightweight, aerodynamic and – most importantly – fast! Weight, distance and speed were measured in a number of exhilarating test runs. Results were analysed and careful adjustments made to the engineering. A final, nail-biting race-off saw Longden just pipped to first place, with an amazing 10.67m – just 3cm shorter than the winners at 10.7m!
The day came to an end with careful consideration of everyone’s work from a panel of judges. Three awards were made – one for car design, one for the desert camp and one for teamwork.
We were delighted to hear Longden announced as winners of the desert camp challenge! The team were blown away to hear that their prize is to have their team name emblazoned on the tail-fin of the Bloodhound car itself! Our proud group chose to be immortalised as “Team Longden”.
It was a fabulous day, and the children’s great behaviour, focus and enthusiasm represented the school brilliantly. More information can be found at www.bloodhoundeducation.com
Well done Team Longden! [Thank you to Chantal Worsdell for giving up her day to take the teams and for this great report and photos.]