Trip of a lifetime for youngsters who get to enjoy the sights and sounds of America

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GEOGRAPHY and maths students discovered the fun side of their subjects as they flew out to experience the wonders of Los Angeles.

The group of 43 13 to 15-year-olds from Crofton School in Stubbington experienced soaring temperatures in Death Valley, giddying heights at the Grand Canyon – and even a fun night in Vegas.

Paul Michelmore, head of maths, who was one of five staff members who accompanied the students on the trip, said: ‘It was absolutely brilliant and a great opportunity for the youngsters to experience something a little different.

‘Death Valley was incredible.

‘We lasted three minutes in the sand dunes at 123 degrees before one of the teacher’s trainers began to melt.

‘We were staying in the aptly named Furnace Creek Lodge, and everybody enjoyed late-night star gazing – we could even see the Milky Way as the night sky in the desert is so clear.

‘And the best time to swim was at night when the temperature at 10pm was still 100 degrees!’

The trip lasted eight days which gave all the students and teachers the chance to explore many sights including the Badwater salt flats at 282 feet below sea level, and the Hoover Dam on their way to Las Vegas.

After a night in Vegas, the group arrived at the Grand Canyon where all 48 students and staff braved the glass floor of the Skywalk – 4,000 feet above the Colorado river.

They also visited an Indian reservation before heading the 350 miles back to Los Angeles to stop by Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Santa Monica beach and Universal Studios.

Mr Michelmore said: ‘Overall, it was a once in a lifetime experience for the students.’