On Friday last week I took the boys to see a life sized replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car at Brooklands museum. The real Bloodhound has not actually been built yet, but is hoped to break the current world land speed record of 763 mph held by Thrust SSC. So what was special about this replica? Well it is a World Record itself, being the World's Largest K'NEX structure, using over 383,422 parts. It was built by the RBLI as well as BLOODHOUND fans over a 2 month construction project. I think that you will now understand why I was more than a little nervous about the boys taking a closer look and asking how it was made and poking it a bit. (I am pleased to report than the structure is still intact!)
This World Record build was commissioned by the BLOODHOUND 1K Club to promote The BLOODHOUND project, which aims to inspire children about science and engineering by developing a 1,000mph Land Speed Record car. Well I am pleased to say that the boys were certainly keen to have a go at constructing themselves and big man had a go at making his own K'NEX cars and testing it on a runway. Here is how he got on.
He was also very keen on all the motorised K'NEX toys that they had to play with too! Who knows maybe this has sparked an interest in Science and Engineering into my little men for the future. Lets hope so.
We recieved complimentary entry into Brooklands Museum for this event and the boys recieved some K'NEX goodie bags.