A day of inquiry-based learning with the Bloodhound SSC Team

Inquiry is at the heart of ICS and the IB PYP. We invited the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC) team, with the support of Aramco, to our primary school today. Our students inquired into how they are attempting to break the 1000 miles an hour land speed record.

The students learnt about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the team are applying to the challenge. The opening presentation discussed the areas the team are focused on in breaking the record. This included the design of the wheels and the shape of the car.

Three sessions gave our students an opportunity to learn more about the car by

  • driving the car in a simulation
  • building a Lego kinetics model car and testing to see how far it went
  • design a plan for the Bloodhound base camp in the Kalahari desert

Learn more about the Bloodhound SSC with the video below. Their attempt will be sometime next year, with a first test run in October 2017 at the Newquay Airport, Cornwall. So keep an eye, and an ear out for the 1000 mph attempt!

Ben Toettcher