Thursday the 9th was a great day at the Glasgow Science Centre.
The stage had been set by Roddy Scott and his team in preparation for the 32 teams that were entered into the competition.
Some special guests from Microsoft – Stevie Grier and former BTCC Touring Car Champion, John Cleland, were on hand to add additional inspiration to the day. In fact, they launched the finals by racing head-to-head in their own Rocket Car race. In this instance, Microsoft just stole the day!
The students were all enthusiastically engaged in building their own race cars to the BLOODHOUND build specifications. They had one hour to construct and then submit their finished designs to me for scrutineering. I’m pleased to report that all entries were eligible for the Big Race and there were some really innovative and impressive designs.
The racing and launching of the cars was in the capable hands of the British Army, with the timekeeping down to me. The weather could not have been better for racing cars on the banks of the River Clyde. The action attracted many casual observers who were visiting the Science Centre on the Day. Everyone was so enthusiastic about this great STEM initiative and challenge.
The Top three Teams won prize money. Blasting into first place and winning £1000 was Cleveden Secondary School, Glasgow. Thier team, SpiderPig, reached a top speed of 40.82mph. In a very close second place, winning £500 was Notre Dame High School where The 4 Pink Racers Speed were piped to the post with a speed of 40.52 mph. Sgoil Ghaidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow's Gaelic school) team, BEIDHIR, took third place with a speed of 40.23 mph.
Many thanks to all on the day, who made it a great success, and if you could have only seen the children’s faces and witnessed their enthusiasm and excitement throughout the day, I’m sure that you would agree “Job Done” all “INSPIRED”. Mike Ford – BLOODHOUND Education.