Students traveled to California for a “Silicon Valley Tech Trek'' major trip for Grade 9-12 students. Their first stop was in Santa Clara at the Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers football team, where students participated in the 49ers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education Program. The program hosts a unique stadium tour where students learn the ways that STEAM is used in football. Students participated in a design challenge to prototype football shoulder pads for women.
The next stop was in Mountain View, California at the Google X headquarters to meet Emily Ma ‘99. Emily won the 2019 Alumnae Junior Achievement Award for her outstanding accomplishments in science, technology, and engineering and hosted students on their tour of Google X. She showed the students Google innovations such as the Waymo self-driving car that uses LIDAR technology to navigate, the evolution of Google Glasses, and WiFi balloons that provide internet access to rural and remote areas. And that was all just in the first day!