Speedy duo help stu­dents meet chal­lenges of fu­ture

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

IT was all sys­tems go at King’s In­fant and Ju­nior Di­vi­sion when a team of en­gi­neers hop­ing to break the land speed record vis­ited.

The Blood­hound SSC team are aim­ing to smash through the 1,000 MPH bar­rier on a 13-mile mud pan in South Africa’s North­ern Ter­ri­tory this Au­tumn.

An­thony Rhodes and Si­mon Proc­ter, from the team, vis­ited the school as part of their on­go­ing mis­sion to in­form and ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists, en­gi­neers and math­e­ma­ti­cians.

Si­mon said: “We want the next gen­er­a­tion to be ca­pa­ble of de­sign­ing and build­ing a car to travel at 1500 miles an hour.

“To­day we have talked about fric­tion and aero­dy­nam­ics with the King’s young­sters, who you can see are hooked on ev­ery word we say, be­cause the car they see be­hind us is so ex­cit­ing.

“You get the same twin­kle in the eye of chil­dren and sci­ence stu­dents all over the world.”

The school also hosted an event for par­ents later the same day so they could learn for them­selves about the tech­nol­ogy of the fastest car on earth.

Caro­line Hul­meMcKib­bin, prin­ci­pal, said: “Many of the roles our pupils will be tack­ling in the fu­ture sim­ply haven’t been in­vented yet and what they will need above all is the in­tel­lec­tual cu­rios­ity to rise to new chal­lenges and solve com­plex, in­trigu­ing prob­lems.

“If ever a project tested those qual­i­ties it is the Blood­hound SSC team.”

Mike Carter

Si­mon Proc­ter (left) and An­thony Rhodes with King’s Ju­nior pupils in a sim­u­lated cock­pit

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