Bloodhound Education Programme: Follow-up Audit of Activities

Suzanne Straw, Anneka Dawson

01 February 2012

The Bloodhound Engineering Project aims to design and build a Super Sonic Car that will break the world land speed record, which is currently set at 763 mph. The car is now in its build phase and, in 2013, it will be shipped to South Africa, aiming for a new world record of 1,000 mph/Mach 1.4. Linked to the engineering project is the Bloodhound Education Programme (the ‘Bloodhound Education Adventure’) which targets young people aged 5-19 years.

Launched in October 2008, the Bloodhound Education Programme (BEP) aims to inspire the next generation of young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NFER completed an Audit of Activities of the BEP at the end of 2009. It was then commissioned in January 2012 to undertake a Follow-up Audit of Activities to explore how the BEP had progressed since 2009.

The BEP continues to make a significant impact on increasing young people’s awareness of, and interest and engagement in, engineering and STEM more broadly.

Key Findings

  • it has secured the commitment of a number of businesses and 473 Bloodhound Ambassadors to the programme
  • the team continue to have a high profile at key national events and to run successful activities in schools, as well as increasing their work in colleges
  • educational institutions can also engage with a range of resources on the Bloodhound website which are being developed further
  • five Bloodhound Education Centres have recently started operating, are soon to open or are in development.

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