Visit major industry leaders such as Boeing and NASA, and meet people working on the frontiers of technology.
Home to a huge tech and innovation industry, Seattle is an important stop on the west coast. Visit the Future of Flight Aviation Centre and take the Boeing tour, where you will see Boeing 747, 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets being assembled. Downtown, visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Centre and the Pacific Science Centre, which exhibits health and wellness, engineering, and environmental, earth, physical and living sciences.
In San Francisco, visit the California Academy of Sciences, the only place in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum. Continue to the Exploratorium, and explore the intersection of science, art and human perception. Use skills of critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork during a simulated space mission at the Chabot Space & Science Centre.
Continue south to Silicon Valley. Nicknamed ‘Silicon’ due to the many manufacturers of silicon chips in the area, it is now home to headquarters of all kinds of successful high-tech corporations, many of which are household names such as Apple, Facebook and Google. Visit the Intel Museum, enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Tech Museum of Innovation, and see real moon rock collected from Apollo 15 at the NASA Ames Research Centre. Inspire students with a tour of the Stanford University campus, where many professionals working in the area were educated.
Across the country, in Washington D.C., explore the Smithsonian Institute – the world’s largest museum, education and research complex. Boasting the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, the Air and Space Museum, and the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Centre in nearby Virginia, featuring a Lockheed Blackbird, a Concorde and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
In Orlando, Florida, tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, meet an astronaut and delve into challenging workshops and simulations. An Educational Program at Universal Studios will teach students concepts in physics with the practical application of theme park rides.
The USA has no shortage of exciting activities that can be added to enhance your tour. Roam across the Golden Gate Bridge and tour Alcatraz. Enjoy the views from atop the Seattle Space Needle, and celebrate a successful tour at the theme parks of Anaheim.
An excellent close-to-home option, the tiny city-state of Singapore can offer students a wealth of hands-on educational experiences. A world leader in technological and scientific innovations and a major international transport, finance and commerce hub, an array of unique and exciting options await.
The Singapore Discovery Centre is an ‘edutainment’ attraction featuring fascinating and engaging exhibits that provide visitors with insight into the unique Singaporean way of life and how it is protected. Go beyond the iconic lotus-shaped façade of the Art Science Museum to explore exhibits demonstrating the best of art, science, design, media, architecture and technology through the ages and into the future. Continue to participate in your choice of workshop at the Science Centre, such as ‘Scientist for a day’, before enjoying its indoor Butterfly Sanctuary and 3D Dome Movie theatre.
Head outdoors and take a guided walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Learn about sustainability, conservation and plant diversity amongst the towering Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay. In the evening, board a night safari in the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, home to over 1000 animals from 6 geographical zones.
End your tour on a high note, aboard the Singapore Flyer – the tallest observation wheel in Asia offering beautiful views over Marina Bay and beyond. You may like to treat students to an exhilarating visit to the attractions of Sentosa Island, such as Universal Studios.
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