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New partnership aims to enthuse young people in STEM subjects

21 July 2010

The Farnborough International Airshow (19th to 25th July) marks the first appearance of the partnership between Promethean and the Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic Car) Project, which aims to design and build the first supersonic car capable of achieving 1,000mph and break the current World Land Speed Record. The partnership with Promethean aims to inspire young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

School parties are being invited to see the first life size model of the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (12.8m long, 2.8m high, 1.8m wide) on Friday 23 July, the show’s Futures Day, which is dedicated to promoting career opportunities in aerospace and defence industries.

At the same time, Promethean will be showcasing its range of interactive STEM resources, developed to support Bloodhound’s education programme, on its all-in-one interactive whiteboard mobile system.

The partnership will also see Promethean installing its ActivClassroom technology in Bloodhound education centres throughout the UK and equipping Bloodhound’s education ambassadors with relevant software and resources for use in schools.

Jim Wynn, Chief Education Officer at Promethean, explains: “Farnborough International Airshow is the perfect event to showcase our partnership. Promethean is delighted to be involved in this ground-breaking project and we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through our continued involvement with BLOODHOUND’s education programme.

Over 3,500 primary and secondary schools, 200 further education colleges and 40 higher education institutes are already signed up to Bloodhound’s education programme. They are able to take advantage of open access to the science and engineering research data involved in developing Bloodhound SSC.

The project is led by Richard Noble and Andy Green who set the current land speed record of 763mph in October 1997. Richard Noble, comments: “Farnborough International Airshow is a fantastic place to exhibit the first life size model of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car. The show has been a great success and we look forward to working with Promethean to support young people on their STEM journey over the next three years.
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