A large number of pupils jetted off to far-flung destinations during the February break.
Around 40 Hutchesons' pupils in S2-S4 hit the slopes in Austria and enjoyed blue skies and great snow conditions throughout the week.
They spent their days skiing and snowboarding on the slopes at Zell am See and the evening activities a snow show spectacular with fireworks, an ice-hockey match, bowling and relaxing at a thermal spa.
Another group of pupils travelled to Houston, Texas to visit NASA and attend the ‘Space University’.
On the first day the group were given a full tour of the facility here and were awed by the sheer scale of the place. Everything is truly bigger in Texas! The mothballed Saturn 5 rocket (the same type as was used in the Apollo program) was a real eye opener.
After the tour, the pupils were split into smaller activity groups and began working on the first task set; construction of a model rocket, under the supervision of NASA trained engineers and specialists.
Poor weather on the Tuesday delayed the launch of the rockets until Friday, and instead the groups began thinking of the problems of shielding their payloads from the extreme heat of atmosphere entry, and the extreme cold of inter-planetary travel.
Hutchie pupils excelled in the Cryogenics challenge, claiming first place in the competition in not just one, but both larger group competitions. Congratulations to Sophie, Anna, Eve, Mark and Toby and Helen, Abby, Cameron, Finlay and Eashan!
The groups also presented their plans for construction of a habitable base on the Martian surface and took part in some robotics competitions. A highlight of the trip was a visit to the National Buoyancy Labs where the pupils got the chance to train in the underwater environment just as the astronauts do.