On Friday 28th April, nine pupils from MCA were invited to RAF Honington for the regional finals of the Bloodhound SSC races. After some impressive speeds at the Mildenhall hub all students were excited about what they could achieve competing against other schools from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and in total there were 32 teams from the different schools.
The students competed in four teams and, after a briefing from members of the Bloodhound SSC team, students were given 90 minutes to design and build their rocket cars. Students were allowed no help from teachers so this was a chance to see what the students could do on their own and see what they had learnt about aerodynamics and Newton’s laws of motion.
All four Mildenhall teams came up with completely different designs and through good teamwork all cars were finished on time.
After lunch it was time for the races and with the track laid out and students in the stands the cars were lined up to race one vs one. The main competition was the time through the timing gates but it was good to be able to see two cars race each other for comparison.
The results for the MCA teams were as follows:
MCA 1 was George Finch and Joshua Dove – 67.7s/ 33.04mph
MCA 2 was Noah Kline and Tyler Miller – 78.9s/ 28.35mph
MCA 3 was Harvey Packham and James Dawson – 59.1s/ 37.85mph
MCA 4 was Andrew Varghees, Ben Hobbs and Jack Harrington – 60.9s/ 36.73mph
Unfortunately MCA did not have a team that qualified for the national final but all students did incredibly well and worked extremely hard. The students are all keen to improve their designs next year and learn from some of the teams that went faster to improve their designs for the next competition.
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