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THE replica of a car designed to go more than 1,000mph has been in Faversham.

The supersonic Bloodhound car is rocket and jet powered and aims to beat the current land speed record.

A replica car is being taken around Kent schools to teach pupils about how it works, covering the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

During the week beginning July 7, it was at The Abbey School, in London Road, where primary and secondary school pupils attended workshops.

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Schools from Faversham, Sittingbourne, Whitstable and Canterbury were involved.

They had a guided tour of the car, taking a look at the design and science behind it, as well as learnt how the 400 sensors on the car transmit live data and saw how the movement of the car changes with the conditions.

Using a simulator pupils experienced what it is like to drive the car.

They also had the chance to make and test their own cars using K’Nex, a popular construction toy.

The Bloodhound took up the length of the school’s gym and was seen by more than 500 children during the week.

Abbey School head teacher, Catrin Woodend, said: “Hosting the Bloodhound supersonic car was very important to us as a school because it provided our pupils with first-hand knowledge of this exciting project.

“When the Bloodhound supersonic car breaks the land speed record our pupils will be able to say ‘we’ve seen it and we understand how it was designed’.

“I hope this will encourage many young people to become engineers and scientists of the future.”

Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education visited The Abbey School on Tuesday, July 8, to see one of the workshops in action.

He said: “We need to do all we can to encourage more young people to take an interest in these subjects. Hopefully it will create future scientists and engineers.”

Abbey School pupil Lewes Clifford, 12, said: “I enjoy science and thought the workshop was very interesting. I didn’t know a car could go that fast and I would love to see the real thing and watch it take off.”

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