Mark Rutherford School’s high-powered race car reaches national finals

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Mark Rutherford Race Cars

Year 7 students from Mark Rutherford School will be taking part in the national finals of the Race for the Line competition, after coming third in the regional finals at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford last week.

The future engineers had to design and build a rocket-powered car from scratch on the day, and race against competitors from 14 other schools.

Every team’s car used the same size rocket motor and competed over the same track distance.

“This project was a collaborative effort between the school’s STEAM departments and involved months of hard work and planning from both students and staff,” said Karl Stokes, teacher of physics and the event organiser.

“Students have learnt valuable life skills such as team-work and have put their classroom learning into practice in a fun and informative way. This is now the second year of this exciting project which is going from strength to strength.”

The team will compete in the national finals at the end of June, where the first prize is £1,000 of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) products from the Dendrite Shop, a social learning platform that helps students, teachers and parents engage with STEM programmes, challenges, projects and careers.