Edinburgh College students are trying to set a mini land speed record during Scottish Apprenticeship Week as part of a rocket car challenge inspired by an attempt to build the world's fastest car.
The college has joined forces with colleges from across Scotland and the British Army to take on The Energy Skills Partnership's (ESP) Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge. The Bloodhound project is a global engineering adventure using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The partnership is working with the army to establish the Bloodhound challenge in Scotland, getting colleges across Scotland on board to deliver workshops and delivery hubs and work with local schools.
Edinburgh College and City of Glasgow College are both host colleges for the ESP's training events and alongside staff from West College Scotland, Borders, Fife, West Lothian, Dundee & Angus and Dumfries and Galloway colleges, as well as members of the Army have spent the past two weeks training as Bloodhound ambassadors.
This week Edinburgh College staff including electric vehicle administrator Robert Murphy, joined the army and local school pupils at the college's Midlothian campus to test out the cars and prepare them for the race track.
During Scottish Apprenticeship Week, a three day event (29 February – 2 March) to launch the project was hosted at the Glasgow Science Centre with workshops run by the Army, ESP and West College Scotland. Local schools and colleges were invited to take part in the workshops which will result in a race between each of the teams' rocket cars.
The Bloodhound Project will also be running at City of Glasgow and Edinburgh colleges who are running their first rocket car challenge workshops with their local schools. ESP are currently planning further training for colleges in the North of Scotland to ensure schools from across Scotland will be able to take part in this inspiring project as part of the national focus on STEM.
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