Hudson - East Woods students are learning faster than a speeding bullet.

Hudson City School District fourth- and fifth-graders will put their learning to the test beginning at 9:30 a.m. May 18 when they race their rocket cars.

Residents can watch the event by streaming live on HCTV at watch.hudsoncommunity.tv.

The Hudson school district collaborated with Solon-based manufacturer Swagelok Company and BLOODHOUND SSC, an organization based in Bristol, England, pursuing a 1,000 MPH world land speed record.

Swagelok Company associates approached Hudson School District Superintendent Phil Herman in 2015 to check the district's interest in exploring science, technology, engineering and math content the company had access to with its sponsorship of the BLOODHOUND effort.

The students designed, built and will race BLOODHOUND model rocket cars--another first for BLOODHOUND in the United States.

"The races by East Woods School fourth graders in Hudson will be a profound moment for everyone involved with BLOODHOUND," notes Mike Ford, an event lead on the BLOODHOUND SSC Education Team. "The hard work of the staff and teachers in Hudson and Swagelok associates is paying off. Students are being inspired about engineering and all the STEM subjects."

Hudson City School District has become the first school district in the United States to formally add BLOODHOUND lessons to its curriculums.

"We examined the BLOODHOUND STEM content through the lens of project-based learning and then reflected on what essential questions could be posed to incorporate the content," says Christina Wooley, PK-12 curriculum coordinator, Hudson City School District.

Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, two teams of fourth-grade teachers have integrated BLOODHOUND lessons across a range of subjects: earth, physical and life sciences; physics; chemistry; language arts; social studies; and English.

"We are so grateful to Swagelok for bringing Hudson students this inspirational learning opportunity," Herman said. "I've seen first-hand how our students light up with enthusiasm when they're solving a STEM challenge tied to BLOODHOUND."

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