The Bloodhound Project Air-Powered Rocket Cars Challenge

Invite the BLOODHOUND Education team to visit your school or college and we will inspire your students with our hands-on activities based around our project to build the world’s first 1,000mph car – BLOODHOUND SSC.

In this package we offer up to 90 children the chance to build and race air-powered rocket cars using K’nex, learning about physics, maths, engineering and aerodynamics as they do so. It’s a unique way of bringing fun into studying STEM subjects – they’ll be talking about it for weeks!

What we offer

In each Challenge visit we include:

  • Sessions for up to 30 students at a time in teams of 3 or 4 – a maximum of 90 students overall.
  • Run as three 1-hour sessions, or longer to allow for more maths content.
  • In each session students design, build, test and race their model air-powered rocket cars.
  • Designed to help them learn about physics, maths, engineering and aerodynamics.
  • Winning team has their team name added to the tailfin of BLOODHOUND SSC.
  • School provided with data gathered to allow for further activities in the classroom.


This is a typical schedule for a Challenge visit.

Time Activity
09:00 – 09:45  
  • Introduction to the BLOODHOUND Project - building a 1,000mph car and the science and technology involved in this unique engineering adventure.
  • Introduction to the Air-Powered Rocket Car Challenge (all 90 together).
09:45 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:00
13:00 – 14:00
  • Three workshops; each workshop will have up to 30 students.
  • Design and build air-powered cars.
  • Test designs.
  • Race cars under timed conditions.
  • Measure and calculate average velocity force and acceleration.
14:15 – 15:00
  • Review and summary.
  • Competition winners announced – ‘Name on the Fin’ details collected.
  • Spreadsheet of data passed to teacher for follow-on activities.
  • Closing session.


  • Classroom with tables for students to work in groups of 3 to 4.
  • A 10m smooth, flat surface to run cars along – this can be the classroom floor.
  • AV – for presentation and video.

How to book

To find out more or make a booking, please email education@bloodhoundeducation.com.