Birkenhead School girls get out of this world with NASA trip

Girls from Birkenhead School, in Wirral enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when 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, rocket building 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 the School. Other trips this year 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.