BLOODHOUND SSC education and engagement – Inspiring the next generation
The BLOODHOUND SSC engineering adventure provides us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. To achieve this ambitious goal, the BLOODHOUND Education Programme will be made available to all pupils in primary and secondary schools, and to students in further and higher education. Nearly 4,000 schools have registered in the first 18 months of the project, plus numerous presentations have been given to other groups and professional institutions, taking the project into the heart of the community and society.
The BLOODHOUND SSC project is unique when compared to other ground breaking engineering ventures in that all the information about the research, design, build and testing of the car is available to teachers and students, and of course to anyone that wishes to visit the website. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) provided a very positive audit report on the first year’s progress, proving our activities and partners were delivering inspirational programmes and achieving our aims. We must now build up the momentum, rapidly growing our curriculum resources and recruiting more schools and colleges to the project.
And now, we introduce Bloodhound BLAST, our free online community for explorers and educators from 4 to 104!
EXPLORE - Register in our Global community to have fun exploring the world of science and technology; learn, create, share, watch, experiment and discuss. Be creative, be inventive and post back your ideas with the record, upload, link and forum features. This is the best of social media, video and blogs in a secure environment.
GUIDE - For all Educators and our STEM Ambassadors. Register for topic and subject resources and activities to use and develop. Put yourself on the BLAST map. Network and collaborate locally and globally with schools and colleges around the world on projects, ideas and experiences. Enjoy open access to our video libraries and use our built in functions to record and edit your own content, to upload files, post links or open a debate. Our network of Bloodhound STEM Ambassadors and many Sponsor companies have a wealth of information on the work they do, opening people’s eyes to possible career paths.
We look forward to regular Q&A sessions with the Bloodhound Team, our Ambassadors and between education establishments across the world. We hope that by the time the Bloodhound Project is complete, there will be thriving communities of people of all ages helping each other and learning from each other and continuing to share their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics for very many years into the future: The Bloodhound Project Legacy.
How do schools, colleges, families - and other groups - become involved?
To join the Bloodhound Education Programme, explore Bloodhound BLAST (above) then register your school, college, family or youth organisation. This will then enable you to download our education ideas and get you started. We will be in touch with you as soon as we can and help you get the best experience out of BLOODHOUND SSC, plus we will send schools and colleges in the UK two free posters and a flyer (please allow until the end on the month!).
If you would like to contact the BLOODHOUND SSC Education Team directly to discuss ways that your organisation can be involved or use the project's resources, then you can via the Bloodhound BLAST communities, or alternatively email any of the following:
- Dawn Fitt, Education Delivery Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jo Finch - Bloodhound BLAST communities. email@example.com
- Jonathan Ellis, Ambassador Programme Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Lanham, Bloodhound@University Coordinator, email@example.com
- Ian Galloway, Professional Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dave Rowley, Education Programme Director - South Africa, email@example.com
Why do we need a BLOODHOUND Education Programme?
In the UK, and many of the developed countries worldwide, there is a shortage of scientists, engineers and mathematicians and we therefore urgently need our young people to be motivated to enjoy and study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school and then at university. The BLOODHOUND Project is endeavouring to be the catalyst through which young people will acquire the skills and develop innovative talents that will enable them to overcome the challenges we face on a global scale.
The BLOODHOUND Project offers a unique opportunity to provide university level engineering and technology students with access to real design challenges and test data as the project develops. BLOODHOUND@University is run by a group of academics from the University of the West of England, (UWE), Swansea University, University of Southampton, Birmingham University and with support from the EPSRC.