Wales: Pupils take part in super learning day

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Year Seven and Eight pupils from Wales High School recently took part in a Super Learning Day supported by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Rolls-Royce Bloodhound Ambassadors and an engineer from Nikon Metrology.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project is attempting to create a car powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine and three rockets, which will propel the car to over 1,000 mph (1,600 kph or Mach 1.4).

The pupils spent the day learning about Rolls-Royce jet engines and the Bloodhound SSC project, also taking part in numerous practical activities such as building balloon cars and compressed air powered paper rockets based on the Bloodhound car project along with using an advanced engineering Nikon laser scanner.

It is hoped this is the first of many joint activities with Rolls-Royce.

Maths teacher and STEM Club co-ordinator, Simon Kerfoot said “We are very grateful to Ian and Rolls Royce, with their support we can provide practical activities and investigations centred on STEM subjects.”

“These events will be hugely beneficial to our pupils, providing opportunities for them to explore practical engineering projects”.

Year 11 Pupils will be visiting the AMRC TC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre) at Catcliffe in February to take part in another STEM event with Rolls-Royce.

Ian Crowston, Rolls-Royce Bloodhound Ambassador said “It was another pleasurable day for our STEM ambassadors having seen all the students fully engaged and captivated by the amazing facts and figures of the Bloodhound SSC project.”

“It is a real credit to the school to see students and teachers so enthusiastic to learn in this way.”