Ten lucky Walton Girls’ High School students recently enjoyed an exciting day at RAF Scampton, where they watched a display by the Red Arrows and met Professor Brian Cox.
The girls from year 9 attended the event encouraging young people to consider a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, collectively known as STEM.
Walton’s students marvelled at how Team Hare from the University of Huddersfield have built from scratch a 200kg racing car, the weight of less than three average humans, especially when they learned that it could reach a top speed of 80 mph, and that parts of the car had been made using 3D printing.
Representatives from Rolls-Royce were also present and explained the science behind how their jet engines power the Red Arrow planes, whilst the Bloodhound Project presented its design of a Supersonic car with which they aim to achieve a speed of 1000 mph.
Moreover a member of the Bloodhound team made their day by informing the students that in his experience girls make the best engineers and beat boys hands down!
They also had the chance to talk to Wing Commander Andy Green, who will be driving the Bloodhound when it attempts the record-breaking speed run.
If this wasn’t enough excitement the students also saw Jason Bradbury from the Gadget Show, spoke to Professor Brian Cox, and watched the Red Arrows in action.
Student Lili Hajnal said: “I really, really enjoyed the day as we had the opportunity to do so many fun activities! We learnt so much in the process; for example, we learnt about the Bloodhound, all the things inside it and how it works. It was absolutely amazing.”
Also impressed was Rachael Bromley, who added: “All the activities were really fun and interesting. The Red Arrows were incredible.”