Engineering day at Bradon Forest saw pupils creating their own rocket car

By Jamie Hill - 27 October 2023


The Rotary Club of Royal Wotton Bassett & District once again proudly sponsored a hands-on engineering workshop delivered by Bloodhound Education to local year 7 students. This is the third successive year of doing so and on this year it was the turn of Braden Forest School in Purton.

Bloodhound Education is a charity that brings STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects to life. STEM subjects are key skills for the careers of many young people.

Pam, an experienced trainer for Bloodhound Education, presented an engineering overview to nearly 200 year 7 students.

This was followed with two practical sessions. In small teams the students built an air powered rocket car using K’nex to be powered by compressed air and capable of travelling a distance of 10m. The sessions concluded with timed runs to determine the overall winner.

During the process, teams were encouraged to think  about what they were doing, test their models constantly, observe what happened, learn and redesign to improve. 

Delivery of the workshops was assisted by Graham, a STEM Ambassador for Bloodhound in addition to assistance from attending Rotary club members.

Mr Sturla, Head of Design and Technology at Bradon Forest said: "Thank you so much to Bloodhound Education for such an engaging day!

"A huge thank you also to the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett & District for funding the excellent educational opportunity. Its been such an enjoyable experience and has been great to see the students working together and challenging themselves."

Mark Mudd, of the Rotary Club, said: “It was a fantastic workshop, enjoyed by everyone and clearly of great value to the students who all embraced the challenge with determination and interest. The quality of the workshop delivered by Bloodhound Education was once again outstanding, and the event was very well organised by the Bradon Forest School.”

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