About the Tour
The USA STEM Tour is organised through Student Horizons and aims to provide students with an opportunity to meet people pioneering advances in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and to inspire and challenge them on their educational journeys. It is also an exciting test of each student's independence and resilience as an international traveller away from family and friends.
The tour is coordinated by Mathematics Head of Department, Mr Phil Freeman.
Highlights of the Tour
The USA STEM Tour features many highlights which include the following:
- NASA Kennedy Space Centre: The visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Centre is a stand out where students acquire amazing insight into the unique scientific research occurring aboard the International Space Station. They also receive the special opportunity to have lunch with past NASA astronaut, Fred Gregory, who commanded two Challenger missions and piloted a third.
- Universal Studios: It's not all rides and skittles as students are challenged to calculate potential and kinetic energy changes through pivotal points of the Rip Ride Rockit Rollercoaster ride.
- Boggy Creek Airboat Tour: Students discover territory that remains unaltered in the wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. Their captains take you into the breathtaking beauty of nature, including wetlands and wildlife, where students will see alligators, turtles, birds and more in their natural environment.
- Golden Gate Bridge: Students are treated to spectacular views of the engineering marvel in San Francisco.
- Muir Woods National Park: Muir Woods National Monument is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, north of San Francisco. Students are able to explore the woodlands that feature beautiful, towering, old-growth redwood trees.
- Lombard Street: A one-way street in San Francisco where eight sharp turns are said to make it the most crooked street in the world.
- Alcatraz: Students travel to Alcatraz Island where they are treated to a tour of the infamous federal penitentiary that operated from 1934 - 1963.
- Stanford University Tour of Maths and Engineering Department: Students are provided with the opportunity to meet industry experts, including Aussie expat and PD student, Justin Kruger, who works in high-tech labs considering miniaturisation, formation flying and AI in space scenarios, as well as Professor Mykel Kochenderfer, a mathematics and robotics expert, pioneering AI in airline safety.
Due to current circumstances regarding COVID-19 and restrictions on international travel, there is no current tour plan in place. When circumstances change, a new date will be advised.
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