Borders College

College Lecturer sets Rocket Car record

College Lecturer sets Rocket Car record

Speeding Borders College Engineering Lecturer, Dave Black (pictured left), has won the honour of having his name emblazoned on a rocket car which is set to break the world land speed record by reaching over 1,000 mph.

Dave Black won the honour as part of an initiative by the Energy Skills Partnership which encourages students to take up careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries as part of the BLOODHOUND Project.

The BLOODHOUND Project is an international education initiative focussed around a 1,000 mph jet and rocket powered car. The primary aim is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by sharing the adventure with the widest possible audience. Over 7,000 schools have signed up to use the BLOODHOUND Education Programme in their classrooms.

College Lecturer Iain Scott suggested that the College got involved after his partnership working with the Energy Skills body. This led to two of Iain’s colleagues attending a staff development training day to teach lecturers how to run Rocket Car workshops for students.

As part of the day Dave Black and Electrical Engineering Lecturer Dale Clancy (pictured right) had to design and build a Rocket Car each and race it against other Scottish colleges as well as representatives from the Royal Engineers, and Scots Guards. Dave Black’s Rocket Car won the overall event by reaching 61 mph and setting the record for that day. Dale managed to take second place with a speed of 57 mph.

Borders College is now a recognised BLOODHOUND Hub and can deliver Rocket Car workshops to schools either at our Galashiels Campus or on location at any school. Both Dave and Dale are now officially recognised as ‘Rocketeers’ and authorized to run the BLOODHOUND Education Programme.

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Published: Wed 30th Mar, 2016