Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition England & Wales

Dear Rocketeers,

Congratulations to all participants, it has been a great year of local HUB racing. I know that in some cases the technology was not perfect, and we will continue to develop these Micro:bit enabled solutions to be more robust!

As I am sure you will have seen in your school communities collections area, a lot of time and effort has gone into developing a range of teaching resources for use in a cross curricular context both for this year and going forward into each new race season. 

I hope that this content will enable you to use the competition in a more curriculum centric way, and with a full year to plan for next year, in a more whole school year group manner. With this in mind we will be announcing the full race schedule for next year in the summer term, and schools wishing to sign up will need to do so before the end of the summer term 2017.

I would encourage you to invite one member of the Physics department, D&T department, Math Department, Chemistry Department, Computer Science department and the head of year 7 into your school community on Dendrite. Not only does this ensure that the school has access to communication around the competition but that you can make the most of the experience as a whole year learning programme. It is very likely that we will aim to support schools with much more resource for next season, and with a focus for the race for the line competition on a single whole year group. This would enable all schools to make much more of the experience. We are also launching 2 new channels on Dendrite this year, one with the UK Atomic Energy Agency focusing on Fusion Energy and the future of sustainable power production in the coming hundred years. Fusion is one of the only truly global open source research efforts, with every country on the planet sharing their work in this field. The second new channel will be the Airlander project, the largest and most advance hybrid air vehicle on earth which will be test flying over your schools in the coming years. In both cases competitions will be designed to support inspired learning across STEM subjects.

For Race for the Line 2016/17 the dates and location for the regional finals are as follows.

24th April 

Ministry of Defence Corsham

Westwells Rd, Box, Corsham SN13 9RA, UK


25th April (Prov)

Royal Air Force Museum

Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal TF11 8UP, UK


26th April

Get up to Speed

Get up to Speed, Magna Science Park, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX


26th April 

RAF Odiham

Royal Air Force, Odiham, Hook RG29 1QT, UK


27th April

RAF St Mawgan

Newquay | Cornwall | TR8 4HP http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafstmawgan/


27th April 

Royal Air Force Wittering

Wittering, Peterborough PE8 6HB, UK


28th April 

RHQ Royal Mons Militia RE, Monmouth

The Castle, Monmouth NP25 3BS


28th April 

RAF Honington

RAF Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1EE, UK


28th April 

RAF Leeming

Northallerton DL7 9NJ, UK


3rd May 

103 Bn REME, Crawley ARC

Crawley, West Sussex, South East, United Kingdom.
RH10 2BG


3rd May (prov)


Stable Rd, Aylesbury HP22 5PG, UK


3rd May 

127 Fd Coy, 101 Bn REME

Manchester Rd, Clifton, Manchester M27 6TA http://www.army.mod.uk/reme/101bn.aspx


4th May 

7th Battalion The Rifles

Army Reserve Centre, The Cedars, Portway, West Ham, E15 3QN



A Map has been published in the Race for the Line community which shows how local HUBs have been linked with which regional Finals venues. You can view this at https://www.dendrite.me/content/view/contentid/58e7483b08d7340e88b98754

If you believe your school has a team in the top 2 places in the secondary or primary school category for your local HUB, then please save the date above. There will be some fastest losers as well!

We will be in touch shortly with an official invitation for you to attend the regional final on the dates above.

If for any reason you have not been able to add your data to your school leader board, or if you believe you have been let down by the time recording technology please email me direct on aulden@thelearningpartnership.com .

For those schools racing at the very start of next term, please save the regional finals race date in your planning for next term as you are likely to have a team taking part.

Happy Easter!

best wishes

Aulden Dunipace and the whole Race for the Line Team.