Innovators unite to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists
Blackburn, UK, 7 July, 2010 – Educational technology provider, Promethean, which floated in March this year, has become the official interactive education technology partner of BLOODHOUND SSC (Supersonic Car) Project.
BLOODHOUND is an iconic engineering project to design and build the first supersonic car capable of achieving 1,000 mph and smash the World Land Speed Record. The three year project is led by Richard Noble OBE and Wing Commander Andy Green OBE who set the current record of 763mph (1228kmh) in October 1997.
Promethean will work with the BLOODHOUND SSC team to support its international education programme and engage young people in the science that underpins this challenge. Supported by an array of global technology companies and universities, a key objective for BLOODHOUND is to inspire young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
A remarkable feature of this project is that it will provide open access to its science and engineering research data and design iterations involved in the development of the BLOODHOUND SSC. Ultimately this will be the catalyst for a raft of cutting-edge research in fields such as: aerodynamics, materials technology, composite manufacturing and sustainable high-tech engineering.
“In the 1960s, the goal of putting a man on the moon inspired an entire generation to take interest in STEM. We hope BLOODHOUND will have the same ‘Apollo Effect’ for this generation,” says Jim Wynn, Chief Education Officer at Promethean.
Teachers, students and anyone with an interest will be able to keep up-to-date with the project and access a wealth of new curriculum-based interactive STEM educational resources on www.PrometheanPlanet.com/Bloodhound.
Promethean will be installing its ActivClassroom technology in BLOODHOUND’s forthcoming education centres, creating the ‘classroom of the future’ and will be equipping BLOODHOUND’s education ambassadors with relevant software and resources for use in schools.
Jim Wynn continues: “It is a privilege to be involved in this iconic project. As the world’s commercial, environmental and energy challenges become ever more pressing, the need to develop real scientific talent in the next generation has never been more apparent. Through our education programmes and materials, we want to reach out to young students worldwide and encourage them to take up education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Richard Noble OBE, BLOODHOUND Project Director and former World Land Speed Record holder, confirmed: “There is a natural affinity between Promethean and BLOODHOUND’s goals of pushing the boundaries of human achievement through inspiring STEM education. We are therefore delighted to have Promethean join our growing portfolio of partners and sponsors, and look forward to the expertise they can lend in bringing educational resources to life through classroom technologies that have a real resonance with teachers and young people.”
Over 3,500 primary and secondary schools, 200 further education colleges and 40 higher education institutions are already signed up to the programme and are using BLOODHOUND resources to enthuse young people in STEM subjects.
Please visit www.PrometheanPlanet.com/Bloodhound for more information and access to educational resources.
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Note to editors:
STEM subjects were designated as strategically important to the national interest in 2005, following a review by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE).‘ Following this, a £350 million programme was implemented to support strategically important subjects in deemed vulnerable due to declining student demand. Indicators suggest that the programme is having some effect; since 2005-06, the number of people studying physics, chemistry and maths at undergraduate level has risen by 6.8 per cent to 47,269 . Notwithstanding this, STEM subjects remain on the list of strategically important vulnerable subjects and it is deemed a national priority to support interest in and take-up of these subjects.
1. Bloodhound team members have held the World Land Speed Record for the past 26 years but aims to become the first in the world to attain a land speed of 1,000mph in 2012. Achieving this feat will involve a 31% increase in speed on the current world record of 763mph, achieved in 1997 with the first land vehicle (ThrustSSC) to break the Sound Barrier – driven by Andy Green OBE.
2. The BLOODHOUND Project is the engineering adventure for the 21st century, designed to inspire young engineers and scientists by developing a supersonic car capable of achieving 1,000mph and setting a historic new World Land Speed Record.
Behind this iconic achievement lies the key objective of inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and maths – by demonstrating how they can be harnessed to achieve the seemingly impossible, such as the BLOODHOUND SSC 1,000mph land speed record. Because the FIA World Land Speed Record rules are minimal, the challenger cars are bespoke and tend to be very different. It therefore means the BLOODHOUND SSC technology and research technology used is unlikely to be of value to a competing team and that there is no need for secrecy. Designs and technology are therefore shared on the web as they are developed. This is unique: the defence, motor race and space industries are unable to share their technology in this way.
BLOODHOUND SSC (Supersonic Car) has been designed to achieve speeds of up to 1,050mph and being jet and rocket powered has 133,000ehp (equivalent to 180 Formula One cars). Having completed the aerodynamic design, the project is entering the detail design and car build phase of the programme which will lead to roll-out towards the end of 2011, UK runway trials in early 2012 and finally, high speed trials on Hakskeen Pan South Africa later that year. For further information see www.bloodhoundssc.com
3. Richard Noble OBE, was the holder of the World Land Speed record between 1983 and 1997, and was the project director of ThrustSSC, the vehicle which holds the current land speed record, set at Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997.
The 35,000hp Thrust2 car raised the record to 633.468mph (1019km/h). ThrustSSC, the world’s first supersonic car was driven by Andy Green OBE, breaking Noble’s record and achieving the first supersonic record at 763.035mph (1221km/h)/Mach 1.02.
About Promethean - Lighting the flame of learning
Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around the world. It does so by creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology and by encouraging the growth of the world's largest online teacher community in this field. In these ways, Promethean is helping bring to life the promise of 21st century learning, improving engagement and results for learners and teachers alike.
The market for interactive learning technology is fast growing and global. In this market, Promethean is a world leader. Developed for teachers, Promethean's ActivClassroom brings together its interactive display systems (ActivBoard), its learner response systems (ActiVote and ActivExpression), and its suite of specialised teaching software (ActivInspire). They change how teachers and classes engage and interact, how students learn and how they are monitored and assessed.
Beyond the classroom, Promethean provides comprehensive training and support and, with over 600,000 members, the rapidly growing Promethean Planet (www.PrometheanPlanet.com) is the world's largest online community for users of interactive display system technology, providing user-generated and premium content, and is a forum for teachers to exchange ideas and experience.
Headquartered in the UK and listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange as Promethean World Plc (ticker symbol ‘PRW’), Promethean's technology is today helping educate over 12 million individuals in over 500,000 classrooms in some 100 countries. www.PrometheanWorld.com.
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