Wellingborough and Kettering pupils on track with racing success

The race day was held at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough

The race day was held at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough

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Students from schools across the county got the chance to design and race their own rocket cars.

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough was proud to be a race hub for the Bloodhound BBC Micro:bit rocket car race challenge and hosted five Northamptonshire schools and their students for a race day on Monday (June 13).

Some of the young designers at work

Some of the young designers at work

A closely fought contest saw one of Hatton’s race teams squeezing a very small lead over the teams from the rest of the county.

Latimer Arts College was consistently fast over the day with Wrenn, Weston Favell and Campion School teams all racing for their places on the leaderboard.

Unfortunately rain stopped play in the afternoon, with Bishop Stopford students needing to return to race their cars.

Students were supplied with free basic foam block car kits in May, which they modified to make into the fastest and most aerodynamic design to race on the 35m track.

The race cars were fitted with specially adapted BBC micro:bit computers which measured the acceleration of the cars, while the track had a set of timing gates to measure the speed.

The acceleration and speed data has been loaded onto the national leaderboard and they are now waiting to see if any of the Hatton teams will make it to the national final.

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy’s teams were led by Mr Young, Miss Joshi and Miss McLaughlin who helped the teams to design and build their cars.

A spokesman for the school said: “We were very grateful to receive support from the British Army on the day, and the rockets couldn’t have been fired without a battery kindly supplied by Bells Motor Group (Volvo and Kia) from Northampton.”