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Race for the Line

On Tuesday 28 March, Allerton Grange School hosted the Leeds schools’ round of ‘Race for the Line’. The competition is linked to the world record attempt from the Bloodhound SSC rocket car, due to take place later this year. The other West Yorkshire schools taking part in the competition are The Kings School Pontefract, Queensbury School, Almondbury Community School and Castleford Academy.

The Bloodhound SSC is a UK-led global project aiming to break the land speed record of travelling over 1000mph. The project’s main aims are to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Teams of students worked together to design and shape a piece of expanded foam to create their rocket car ahead of the competition. The British Army were called in, as part of the project, to set off the rockets, which were used to propel the cars at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

The teams are awaiting the results of the competition which are due to be released shortly. The winners from this event will go through to Yorkshire Regional Finals, which are to be held at Magna Science Park, before going through to National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. The top prize winners will have the privilege of their school name being added to the tail fin of the Bloodhound SSC, as well as £1000 for the school and an exclusive VIP trip to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa to see the world record attempt.


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