News Science Study Tour to the USA

During the recent school holidays, 26 Science students from Year 11 and Year 12 and three Science teachers enjoyed the fourth instalment of the College’s USA Science Tour. Our destinations were Orlando, Florida and San Francisco, California.

In Orlando, the itinerary included two days visiting the Kennedy Space Center where the students participated in an astronaut training program, had lunch with an astronaut and took a bus tour through NASA’s property at Cape Canaveral. The students took an airboat ride across Lake Tohopekaliga and were privileged to see a variety of native wildlife. They also spent time at Florida’s Universal Studios where they participated in specially designed educational programs that reinforced the physics concepts and technology behind some of the rides and attractions in the park.

In San Francisco, activities included a bus tour through Silicon Valley where the students were able to see many of the tech giants’ headquarters and walk through the Stanford University campus. We also enjoyed an informative walking tour, which highlighted some of the geology for which the San Francisco region is well-known, and took a bicycle ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Other activities included a visit to Alcatraz Island and the Exploratorium, a science museum designed to create inquiry-based experiences.

The boys were wonderful ambassadors of our College and for Australia, making a positive impression with all parties involved in this excursion. They participated with enthusiasm and interest, and were appreciative of the experiences.

Karen Billingham

2019 USA Science Tour Co-ordinator and Assistant Head of Science