Field Trip Adventures
Throughout the year, a number of exciting field trip opportunities
will become available to club members and their families. These may be related
to special events or scientific occurences that appear during the year, so flexibility
is always a plus! Examples of just a few past field trips include:
- NASA Ames Research Center for an overnight adventure at the night
of impact for the LCROSS mission to the Moon and a meeting with Apollo Moon-walker
- NASA Ames Research Center for an opportunity to build and fly our
own rockets with rocket scientist Wendy Holforty and lunar mission specialist
- NASA Ames Research Center for a tour inside the Kuiper Airborne
Observatory, a chance to watch astronauts train in the Vertical Motion Simulator,
and a visit to the world's largest wind tunnel
- UC Berkeley Department of Neurobiology with a demonstration by Dr.
Marian Diamond of her research including her study of Einstein's brain
- UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department for a tour and participation
in special learning activities featuring fission, fusion, and quantum mechanics
and interacting with the department's undergraduate and graduate students
- UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Department for an introduction
to the design of electronic circuits
- UC Berkeley Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Experiment for a presentation
by researcher Kyle Sundqvist
- Stanford Linear Accelerator with a special presentation by Pief
Panofsky, father of the facility
- Stanford Radio Telescope where our students toured the big dish
and actually got the chance to move it themselves
- Marine Science Institute where our students had the opportunity
to examine and pet live marine animals
- Foothill College Observatory for first hand views of the universe
and the opportunity to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin from the first manned landing
on the Moon
- Foothill College Observatory to meet astronomer Frank Drake and
hear of his search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the development of
the famous Drake Equation
- Nike Rocket Launch Site where we examined actual rockets and their
internal components, learned of their roles in atmospheric and space research,
and toured the launch facility both above and below ground
Please note the following field trip guidelines:
- All field trips will be specially planned and prepared by Leslie
for ATOM Science Club.
- Field trips will usually take place on either Saturday or Sunday.
- Parental participation and supervision is required on all field
- Families are always welcome on field trips.
- Leslie is not responsible for club member transportation.
July 15, 2010, SRI hosted the Adventures Through Open Minds (ATOM) Science Club
of San Mateo, CA at SRI's 150-foot radio reflector antenna, known as "The
Big Dish", in the hills above Stanford University. Students in this summer
science camp program learned how the Dish operates and how it coordinates with
their studies of rockets, spacecraft, the sun, the solar wind, electromagnetics,
and related topics. SRI's goal was to inspire the students to become scientists
and engineers in the future.
Plaque designed by Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, flown on Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft which are now leaving our solar system.
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