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Nascot Wood
Junior School

Science Competition - October 1/2 Term

For the first Inter House competition of 2018-19, the House Captains have set the school a scientific challenge.

Who can build a balloon race car to win a race? 

The challenge was inspired by the foundation set up by James Dyson. James is a British inventor, industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works on the principle of cyclonic separation.

Below is a video, hosted by female mechanical engineer Shanice O'Mara, which explains the science behind the challenge, gives you ideas on what you might do and how you might take it to take your learning and understanding even further.




To make a Balloon Race Car you'll need to follow the instructions via the link  HERE.


What: A race to see which balloon powered car will travel the fastest along our race track. Each year group will have it's own race and house points will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Additional house points will be given for the design of the vehicle and any effective modifications you have added.

Where: The Main School Hall

When: Thursday 8th November 2018, Lunchtime

How: The winner will be judged by which car makes it past the finish line first. A few heats may be needed, depending on the number of entrance