It IS rocket science! Out of this world day for schoolchildren

Pupils at a Hemel Hempstead school have spent the day learning about supersonic jet and rocket powered car.

Longdean School pupils have been given an insight into an exciting UK-led, global project to build a supersonic jet and rocket powered car that will not only beat the current land speed world record but also smash the 1,000mph barrier.

It IS rocket science!

It IS rocket science!

A pivotal aspect to the Bloodhound SSC project is the work being done to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) with young school children throughout the UK, to help close the projected shortfall of qualified people in these subjects within the UK.

Atlas Copco, a Hemel based engineering company, is sponsoring the Bloodhound project by supplying tools, compressors and generators for the build.

Atlas took the education team into Longdean on Thursday and spent the whole day there. Pupils were introduced to the Bloodhound project, and encouraged to design, build and race K’NEX air rocket cars. The winning team will get their name on the tail fin of the real car.

Atlas Copco also showed the children how they can access careers in the industry, as well as offering an insight into the work the company is doing to support Bloodhound in it’s attempts.

Video reporter Natalee Hazelwood spent some time with the pupils earlier today.