Information Night STEM Tour West Coast USA
Information evening for proposed STEM tour to the West Coast of the USA, Term 2 holidays, 2017.
Tuesday 13th September, GVGS Library, 7.30pm
STEM is an anagram for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Schools the world over are realising the importance of encouraging students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. GVGS has a STEM class at Year 9, and we are keen to lift the profile of STEM within the school.
To this end, Mr Steve Bayly is proposing to run a trip to the West coast of the USA in the Term 2 holidays next year that will have STEM as its focus.
As you will read in the itinerary below, this looks like a wonderful trip, but it will require at least 20 students to make it worthwhile. We hope to see as many parents and their sons/daughters from 2016 Year 7 to 10 at the information evening to find out more. There will be no obligation on the night. It is just an information and fact finding evening.
The proposed itinerary is as follows:
02-JUL 2017_Fly from Melbourne to San Francisco. After your arrival you will transfer from a bay area Airport to your hotel in Silicon Valley.
03-JUL_This morning visit 'The Tech' Museum of Innovation for a science lab on DNA & genetics - spooling DNA from animal cells, examining your own cheek cells and discovering more about the code for life. Afterwards head to the campus of Stanford University - the institution where most tech graduates are hired from. Tour the campus seeing what college life in the US is like. Afterwards drive out to get some photo opportunities outside some of the biggest tech companies in the world - Google, Apple, Facebook and Yahoo.
04-JUL_Start the day with a visit to NASA's Ames Exploration Center. Explore the exhibits on NASA's work here on the Kepler Mission to discover earth-like planets, seeing a REAL moon rock and learning about microgravity. Head up to the Chabot Space & Science Center for a chance to put this knowledge into practice - do a 'Voyage to Mars' simulation, planning & landing an expedition to the Red Planet. This evening you transfer to your Berkeley Hotel.
05-JUL_This morning you visit the California Academy of Sciences. Explore the Human Odyssey and Earthquake exhibitions to learn more about biology & earth sciences. Continue on to Pier 33 (the Alcatraz Landing) and join anafternoon or evening Alcatraz tour.
6-JUL_Spend the morning at the Golden Gate Bridge viewing stations, then continue on to the Exploratorium,(or depending on flight time availability, lunch at Fisherman's Wharf). This afternoon or evening you fly from San Francisco to Seattle and transferred to your Seattle Hotel.
07-JUL_This morning you go on the Boeing Tour at the Future of Flight Aviation Center. See 747, 777 and 787 aircraft being assembled before they take to the sky. Continue to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, seeing ingenious and lifesaving ventures such as a personal water filter and a device to keep vaccines cool for 30 days! Dinner this evening is at your leisure in this downtown location, then you enjoy an evening session at top of the Seattle Space Needle.
08-JUL_Begin this morning with a visit to Pike Place Market, the oldest farmer's market in the US and famous for its unique shops, produce, and flying fishmongers! Walk through Downtown Seattle to the Pacific Science Centre. Explore the state-of-the-art exhibitions on life sciences, engineering and sound. Take in a visit to the planetarium while here! In the evening enjoy a Baseball, Football or College Sports Game (dependant on schedule).
09-JUL_Early this morning you fly from Seattle to Los Angeles(Burbank Airport), then transfer to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to take part in a 3 hour tour of the Visitors centre, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. This afternoon you drive through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and some free time to explore Santa Monica pier, then your coach charter will conclude with a transfer service from Los Angeles to your Anaheim Hotel
10-JUL_Today you have a 1-Day Park Hooper Pass to enjoy Disneyland and California Adventure Park. For convenience your Hotel will be within walking distance from Disneyland to allow your group to stay inside the parks late this evening.
11-JUL_This morning you transfer from Anaheim to spend a full day visiting Universal Studios. At either 6 or 7pm your coach transfer service will be booked to meet this evenings flights home to Melbourne.
12-JUL_In-flight day lost across the International-date-line.
13-JUL_ Arrive into Melbourne Airport.