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Students from local schools prepare to compete with rocket cars

The engineering team at Reading College are hosting a number of rocket car building workshops for local schools.


The project is being led by mechanical engineering teacher, Bernard Hope.  The first school to get involved was the Oratory School, bringing 36 students and four staff members along to get involved in the engineering department's workshop.

The workshops are all in preparation for the 'Race the Line' event at Reading College on Thursday 9 March. Each school will enter their own Rocket Car, which will have been created out of Polystyrene, modelled on the Bloodhound SSC and powered by a rocket motor.


The students received training and tips from Bernard Hope and they were then able to begin fashioning their designs and testing them out in small teams. The winning team will represent their school at the race where around 15 schools will be competing.

Bernard said: "This is a great opportunity to give school pupils an experience of Engineering through a fun challenge with a competitive edge. The students took to the challenge with such enthusiasm and I hope that this activity encourages them to begin thinking about studying engineering in the future. The team at Reading College are really looking forward to the 'Race for the Line day'.