Promethean partners with Bloodhound supersonic car project

From: Promethean
Published: Fri Jul 16 2010

Promethean, a global leader in interactive learning technology, has become the official interactive education technology partner of Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car) Project.

Bloodhound team members have held the World Land Speed Record for the past 26 years, however the new Bloodhound project aims to design and build the first car capable of achieving 1,000 mph and smash the World Land Speed Record. The three year project is lead by Richard Noble OBE and Wing Commander Andy Green OBE who set the current record of 763mph (1228kmh) in October 1997.

Promethean will work with the Bloodhound SSC team to support its international education programme and engage young people in the science that underpins this challenge. Supported by an array of global technology companies and universities, a key objective for Bloodhound is to inspire young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

The project will provide open access to its science and engineering research data and design iterations involved in the development of the Bloodhound SSC. Ultimately this will be the catalyst for a raft of cutting-edge research in fields such as; aerodynamics, materials technology, composite manufacturing and sustainable high-tech engineering.

"In the 1960's, the goal of putting a man on the moon inspired an entire generation to take interest in STEM. We hope Bloodhound will have the same "Apollo Effect" for this generation" said Jim Wynn, Chief Education Officer at Promethean.

Promethean will be installing its ActivClassroom technology in Bloodhound's education centres, creating the ‘classroom of the future' and will be equipping Bloodhound's education ambassadors with relevant software and educational resources for use in schools.

Jim Wynn continued: "It is a privilege to be involved in this iconic project. As the world's commercial, environmental and energy challenges become ever more pressing, the need to develop real scientific talent in the next generation has never been more apparent. Through our education programmes and materials, we want to reach out to young students worldwide and encourage them to take up education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

Richard Noble OBE, Bloodhound Project Director and former World Land Speed Record holder, confirmed: "There is a natural affinity between Promethean and Bloodhound's goals of pushing the boundaries of human achievement through inspiring STEM education. We are therefore delighted to have Promethean join our growing portfolio of partners and sponsors, and look forward to the expertise they can lend in bringing educational resources to life through classroom technologies that have a real resonance with teachers and young people."

Over 3,500 primary and secondary schools, 200 further education colleges and 40 higher education institutions are already signed up to the programme and are using Bloodhound resources to enthuse young people in STEM subjects.

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Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around the world. It does so by creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology and by encouraging the growth of the world's largest online teacher community in this field.

The market for interactive learning technology is fast growing and global. In this market, Promethean is a world leader. Developed for teachers, Promethean's ActivClassroom brings together its interactive display systems (ActivBoard), its learner response systems (ActiVote and ActivExpression), interactive whiteboard resources, free lesson plans and its suite of specialised teaching software (ActivInspire). These change how teachers and classes engage and interact, how students learn and how they are monitored and assessed.

Beyond the classroom, Promethean provides comprehensive training and support and, with over 600,000 members, the rapidly growing Promethean planet is the world's largest online community for users of interactive display system technology, providing user-generated and premium content, and is a forum for teachers to exchange ideas and experience.

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