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Supersonic car project may inspire SA maths & science students

12 Dec 2012 13:37
If South Africa wants to inspire its children to study mathematics and science, it should consider strapping a rocket to someone's back and blasting him at 1600km/h across a salt pan, TimesLIVE says.

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Doing just that, the Bloodhound SSC supersonic car project has thousands of science and maths pupils in South Africa, the UK and the rest of the world excited about the exploration of limits of speed.

The plan seems straightforward enough: strap a fighter plane on wheels to fighter pilot Andy Green's back, use the jet to ignite the biggest rocket ever built in Europe, and see how fast it can go across 20km of desert. While doing this, attach all kinds of sensors and instruments to both the pilot and the car, and see what you can learn. The Bloodhound will try to break the current land speed record in the Northern Cape's Hakskeen Pan in June 2014.

Richard Noble, former speed record holder and head of the project, said people from across the world, including 5300 UK schools and 150 schools in South Africa, are following the team's progress. With South Africa struggling with maths and science, TimesLIVE says, projects like these might be the answer.

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