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: 04.05.2018 15:28 - 30.09.2018 15:28

: 03.09.2018 00:05 - 01.07.2019 15:09

Welcome to Race for the Line ENGLAND & WALES Season 4

To register for Season 4 please click the register button below.

Season 4 is changing.

The feedback from schools on the past season has been incredibly positive. We now want to see the competition become even more effective in meeting the needs of schools and teachers by enabling them to embed Race For The Line as a project based STEM activity deeply into the school planning and curriculum. 

To make the competition easier to manage in school, a minimum of 2 teachers from each school will be trained and accredited to run their own qualifying race activity on school premises. Schools will be supplied with all the Race Management kit to do this safely and effectively. Training sessions will be twilight training sessions held near your school between 4pm and 7pm during the Autumn term. Kit will be given to schools at these sessions.

New: Schools can pick the days and times for their design development and qualifying races:

As well as allowing schools to choose the ideal dates and times for races, schools can also have all students engage in full cycles of design, test and evaluation in either Science and D&T contexts before regional finals, ensuring that the teams that learn the most and that apply their growing knowledge can progress.

New: Workshops on practical lesson ideas and software training for teachers included:

A wealth of engaging teaching ideas and tips will be shared at the regional accreditation workshops:

  • Science - Helping students investigate 'what makes a car go fast?' Motion and forces with rocket cars. Newton's laws, aerodynamics and friction.
  • Computer Science - measuring the speed and motion of rocket cars using micro:bit, making timing systems, exploring telemetry and the 'Internet of things', using simulators to model experiments, using Autodesk Flow Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics to model aerodynamics.
  • Design and Technology - using rocket cars as a D&T cycle activity - wheels, hubs and axles, making a wind tunnel, simulated and practical testing and evaluation

Engage with partner organisation STEM ambassadors at different stages in the design and race cycle:

Our national network of supporting STEM ambassadors are very keen to support their local schools earlier in the design and innovation process.  Schools can now organise STEM days and events to maximise local networks. 

Everything you need to run a race included:

We continue to have incredible support from our sponsors and funding is in place for rocket car kits, to make the competition sustainable as it continues to grow, the accreditation training for school staff to become accredited rocketeers will be a charged for part of the programme. Included in the accreditation training is the Race Management kit.

School Competition Resource Pack supplied to each registered school

  • 1 x rocket car kit per 4 students in year 7 (note if more kits are required these can be purchased from the shop)
  • 1 x rocket motor per team in year 7 (note if more motors are required these can be purchased from the shop)
  • 1 x rocket motor launcher
  • 1 x tether line
  • 3 x micro:bit accelerometer timing systems
  • 1 x Ammo box
  • Dendrite Data management App. (this allows all race data to be gathered automatically and loaded to the school race leader-board - no more manual data uploads!)

Race Schedule

  • 1st May-15th July 2018 - Registration
  • 3rd September - 30th October 2018 - Twilight Rocketeer Training for teacher rocketeers
  • 1st September 2018 - 4th April 2019 - School Qualifying 
  • 4th April - 15th May 2019 - Regional Finals
  • End of June 2019 - The national finals

Each participating school is required to have 2 members of staff trained and accredited as rocketeers.  The training fee is £598+VAT (£299+VAT per teacher).  There will be 2 training dates held per region during the September term.Training sessions will be twilight training sessions held near your school between 4pm and 7pm during the Autumn term. Kit will be given to schools at these sessions.

An additional option is to "buddy up" with a maximum of one other school.  This will enable you to train 3 rocketeers across 2 schools, thus reducing the cost to £897+VAT (£448.50+VAT per school).  Teachers would need to attend the same training date and share the equipment supplied.  We will provide 1 rocket car kit per 4 students in year 7.  

Training is valid for 3 years, you will need to demonstrate that you have been an active rocketeer annually.  This will be demonstrated by publishing material on your school community page, twitter etc of running your school race event.

Schools unable to fund their involvement in Race for the Line Season 4 may apply to The Learning Partnership to use our business matching service. We are working to build a network of STEM businesses able to buddy up with a school and provide grant funding for your involevment. please register and email to request support with funding.


  • 1st Prize -  £1,000.00 of STEM product from the Dendrite Shop
  • 2nd Prize - £500.00 of STEM product from the Dendrite shop
  • 3rd Prize -  £250.00 of STEM product from the Dendrite shop

Terms & Conditions

  • Schools must sign a contract by the end of the summer term 2018.
  • All year 7 students must compete with all qualifying race data uploaded to the school leader board via the Dendrite App.
  • Rocket motors must be ordered from TLP a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the school Race day.
  • A video of school Race events must be loaded into the school community in Dendrite as part of the health and safety oversight of newly qualified rocketeers.
  • Each School will have 1 team qualify for the regional finals event nearest them which will happen at the start of the summer term and be announced in the Autumn term 2018. 1 team from each participating school must attend the regional finals.

All competition resources will be delivered to the school at the start of the September term 2018.

Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
Qualifying 03.09.2018 15:12
04.04.2019 23:13
England 211
Regional Finals 04.04.2019 00:12
15.05.2019 23:13
England 0
National Finals 25.06.2019 00:12
30.06.2019 23:13
England 0