Science / Design & Technology KS2: Is the Bloodhound SSC a car, a boat or a plane?

Dr Yan Wong sets a team of young investigators a challenge; to decide whether the Bloodhound super sonic car is most similar to a car, a boat or a plane.

They visit a racing track to find out about the design of cars, observe a junior water-skiing champion to find out how boat design influences Bloodhound.

They also meet the RAF fighter pilot who will drive Bloodhound, to find out why driving it will be like flying a plane.

They compare and contrast features of all three, and conclude that Bloodhound has attributes from all three.

This clip is from the series The Bloodhound Adventure.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to classify means of transport.

Show the clip and invite the pupils to participate in the discussion as to whether the Bloodhound is a car, a ship or a plane.

Ask the children to work in three groups to find arguments for each of them.

This can also be used to look at pioneering engineering projects such as the Bloodhound project.

Have the children heard about it before?

Start a discussion on why it might or might not be a good idea to develop a 1000mph car.

Are there other scientific benefits coming out of this development?

Can the children think of other examples like the Montgolfière, the hot air balloon developed by the Montgolfier brothers?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching science at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Level 2 in Scotland.

More from The Bloodhound Adventure

Experimenting with balloon-powered cars
Experimenting with reaction times
What's Bloodhound like to drive?
Experimenting propulsion with water rockets
Harnessing air resistance with parachutes
How air resistance slows down vehicles
Investigating air and water resistance
Investigating friction
What impact does air resistance and density have on travelling fast?
Why doesn't Bloodhound have tyres?
What makes a supersonic car move?