Girls from Birkenhead School had the experience of a lifetime as they travelled to NASA in Texas over the February half term.
The group of 20 students from Years 8 to 11 took part in the Mission to Mars event, which focused on encouraging young women to become interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).
At the Johnson Space Center in Houston, the girls had the chance to meet with astronaut Ken Cameron, as well as taking part in challenges such as building a 3D Martian habitat, scuba diving, building rockets, and cryogenic design, construction and testing. The girls will now take part in a follow up challenge called #NASAinspires, where they will share their knowledge and experiences with younger students in local primary schools.
The trip to Texas was one of a wide range of travel opportunities available at Birkenhead School. This year trips have included a cultural trip to New York and Washington, a ski trip to Canada, a cricket tour to Barbados, a music tour to Spain, and a charity hike to Nepal.