World Land Speed Record

World Land Speed Record

This is all about cars, when they were invented & what they first looked like. How & why cars have improved. Discover how different kinds of engines work & why thousands of little explosions make a car go! Learn about friction & how gears make a car go faster, slower & backwards.

Bloodhound is a rocket car that will attempt to break the land speed record in 2017. It is powered by a huge jet engine & a few car engines thrown in for good luck! Learn about how it works, who is making it & who will get to drive it at 1,000 M.P.H. Learn about aerodynamicsacceleration & braking. Do time trials of your own design on a ramp & then transfer your design to the high speed rail race track & watch your cars race along at incredible speeds.

 

 

Reception

  • Build and experiment with different kinds of vehicles.
  • Discover how different wheels, tracks and cams make for a bumpy or smooth ride over tricky roads. Design and build a balloon powered car.
  • Use measuring skills to collect and record data to determine which designs are best.
  • Learn about the world land speed record attempt before designing your own racing car to try out on the superfast rail race challenge.

Key Stage 1

  • Discover how different kinds of engines work and why thousands of little explosions make a car go!
  • Learn about friction and how gears make a car go faster, slower and backwards.
  • Learn and discover how different kinds of wheels, tracks and even cams are suited to different ground conditions.
  • Learn about the world land speed record attempt before designing your own racing car to try out on the superfast rail race challenge.

Key Stage 2

  • Discover how different kinds of engines work and why thousands of little explosions make a car go! Use some maths skills to work out how many explosions happen in a car engine every minute at different speeds.
  • Learn about friction and how gears make a car go faster, discover how ratios can be used to calculate gear train speeds.
  • Learn and discover how different kinds of wheels, tracks and even cams are suited to different ground conditions.
  • Use angles to determine how different designs perform, collect data from experiments to determine which designs are best.
  • Learn about the world land speed record attempt before designing your own racing car to try out on the superfast rail race challenge.
  • Fit accelerometers to the race cars, collect data and create graphs for each design.