Two Rookwood girls went to Westminster for the finals of the UK OurSpace competition at One Great George Street, Westminster.
Special guests at the event included British-born Astronauts Dr Piers Sellers, Dr Helen Sharman and Richard Garriott. Abigail Burn and georgina McShane were accompanied by their mothers and by Colin Heath, a teacher at Rookwood. Their local MP, Sir George Young, looked in at the event.
Earlier in the year, Richard Garriott announced the launch of OurSpace - a UK-wide competition that challenged students to "dream up their own amazing space adventure, a flight of imagination about their own space to reach prizes that are out of this world."
The finalists and Grand Prize winners were judged by a panel of space, education and media experts, along with Richard Garriott himself. The galaxy of cool prizes included this visit to the House of Commons, tickets to the National Space Centre, World Space Week invitations to Intech, and signed goodies from Richard Garriott and Lucy Hawking, author and daughter of physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.
The Grand prize for the 13+ age category, including a trip to Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and Johnson Space Centre in Texas, was awarded to Mala Mawkin, aged 15, of Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree
The Grand Prizes for the under 13 age category were awarded to Jacob Westlake from Bishops Stortford High School for Boys, and Abigail Burn from Rookwood School in Andover.
• Heather MacRae, Director of Venture Thinking said: "We can see the inspiration that space provides to young people. This competition encourages students to use science in a creative way. We were amazed at their brilliant ideas."