Budding scientists at Bruton School for Girls were given an ‘out of this world’ experience thanks to a live web link to Boeing Space Exploration experts in the USA.
The event at the Somerset school was hosted by Mr David Pitchforth, MD of Boeing Defence UK, with Mr Rick Navarro, Operations Director of Boeing Space Exploration, co-hosting the event from the USA with no less than seven female rocket engineers and team leaders. These engineers are working on the space project which will see the first astronauts sent to Mars using rocket engines designed by Boeing.
Following a talk giving the latest insights into space travel and the challenges it poses, girls were able, via the web link, to ask the scientists questions about their work and career choices which was incredibly inspirational for everyone.
Mrs Julia Rostrup, Head of Physics at BSG, explained: "With more than 50% of our girls studying the sciences, you can imagine how thrilling it was for our girls to hear directly from these ladies who have forged fantastic careers in engineering and space science.
"It certainly helped to show that we can all ‘aim for the stars’ and there are wonderful opportunities in the science and engineering fields. It truly was inspirational and I’m sure that many of our girls will go away even more determined to pursue their love of science."