Community College Rocketeers Win Regional Final



A team of three students from the Community College, Bishop's Castle won the West Midlands Regional Final of the "Race for the Line" Bloodhound Land Speed Record Challenge. Charlie Banford, Alfie Booker and Jack Smith (all aged 14) designed and built the fastest rocket powered car at RAF Cosford, beating around 30 teams from across the region. At the same event Norbury Primary School took third place for the primaries category. The competition is run by the Bloodhound Land Speed Record attempt which is producing a car designed to go faster than 1000mph next year. These winning rocketeers from Shropshire will have their team names written on the tail fin of the record breaking car. The three boys are very excited about representing their college and their region at the finals in June. The first prize in the national competition will be to go to South Africa to watch the Bloodhound land speed record attempt next summer.

This initiative is designed to enthuse and engage students in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), due to a national shortage of skills in these areas, particularly in engineering. The Community College is introducing Engineering GCSE and has developed links with engineering and STEM based organisations across the region in order to raise students' aspirations and careers awareness.