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Quartet perform well at Regional Final of Model Rocket Car competition

Quartet perform well at Regional Final of Model Rocket Car competition

A group of Rydal Penrhos pupils performed well in the district round of a special model rocket car competition.

The school sent two teams to the Regional Finals of the Race for the Line showcase, which was held in Manchester on Wednesday, May 3.

The teams qualified from the North Wales regional round of the Race for the Line Model Rocket Car competition, which is being inspired by the Bloodhound SSC project, which is a British supersonic land vehicle currently in development with a goal to reaching 1,000 miles per hour.

Overall fastest qualifiers Josh Peevor and Ben Purcell, together with Aidan Skinner and Juan Rajagopal, competed at the showcase in the hope of reaching the next round.

More than 25,000 rocket car kits were given out at the start of the competition, where the teams had just 90 minutes to build their car without external help before racing it along a 50 metre track.

Team Chinese Burn and Team Shatterproof managed to secure a respectable eighth place for their efforts in the Secondary School category, while the daughter of Head of Design and Technology Phil; Sutton claimed first place in the Primary School event, and will now head to the national finals with her teammate from Ysgol Craig-y-Don, who learned the strategy to building a fast car during a special workshop at Rydal Penrhos earlier this year.

They will now compete in the National Finals at Santa Pod on June 29 for the chance to win a £1,000 and a trip to South Africa to spend a week with the BLOODHOUND SSC car testing in preparation for the 1,000 MPH attempt.

 The project was part of A STEM initiative for local schools organised by Rydal Penrhos and the Royal Academy of Engineering.


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