Science Scope Review

Pupils and staff from three local primary schools joined us at Downside on Friday 21st September for our thrilling Science Scope ‘Race for the Line’ event – to build and race rocket cars. 

The cars start life as a block of foam drilled with axle holes. During the morning of the event, the children, working in teams of threes and fours, then draw designs onto the foam and choose their team names. The cars are cut into their aerodynamic shapes using a nifty hot wire cutter, sanded and the axles and wheels added.

After lunch it was race time! The atmosphere at the Pavilion was electric, with the event drawing a large crowd of fellow Downside students as well as many of the visiting pupils’ parents. With onlookers at a safe distance, the cars were propelled down wires using ‘rocket power’, whizzing through electronic racing gates to time them on their route.

Despite the odd drop of rain, the event was a great success, with smiling faces and laughter a-plenty. The winning team was Spots & Zig Zags – a group of four very happy girls – with an impressive time of 48.7ms!

Click here to see one of the cars in action!