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Field Trips

 

 

2016

 

 CA Science Center

 

 

 

California Science Center at Exposition Park

Students watched the IMAX movie – A Beautiful Planet 3D. As described on its website, it is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Students viewed the Space Shuttle Endeavour up close in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Students completed a worksheet by finding the answers in the “Air and Space” and “Creative World” exhibits. The Creative World exhibit features the communication, structures, and transportation areas.

 
     

   

CA Science Center              CA Science Center 

 
 

 UCLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCLA - University of California Los Angeles

We began with a tour of the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SSEAS). We toured many department areas, including Materials Science and Engineering. Our first robotics lab tour was of the Biomechatronics Laboratory. Their research incorporates robot hand and arm technology from Barrett Technology, multimodal tactile sensor technology from SynTouch and a custom BairClaw robot hand testbed. Our second robotics lab tour was of the Robotics and Mechanisms Lab (RoMeLa); it has some very cool and interesting robots being operated by graduate students. Some students were fortunate to speak with Dean Dhir, former Dean of Engineering. We visited Boelter Hall, room 3420, where in 1969, work done there made UCLA engineering become known as the Birthplace of the Internet. We visited the Meteorite Gallery in the Geology building, and had the pleasure of having a professor of geology as our docent. Their items on display are unique indeed! We finished by visiting the UCLA store, the John Wooden statue, and Bruin Bear.

 
     

            

UCLA

UCLA              UCLA   

UCLA      UCLA

UCLA         UCLA

 
 

NGC

 

  

 

 

 

 Northrop Grumman Corporation - Space Technology, Redondo Beach

We began our tour in NGC's Innovation Center. It combines multimedia technology and warfare simulation, interactive media kiosks, a large touchscreen TV for searching NGC patents, as well as models of satellites, rocket engines, and vintage and modern aircraft. Students viewed and learned about the technology related to the next generation space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Students viewed production facilities and a high bay clean room housing the support structure for the JWST. The JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide as they study the history of, and our place in, the Universe. Students toured a sub-assembly area for the F-35 Lighting II program (the F-35 is a stealthy, supersonic, multirole fighter jet). Students toured the spacecraft machining and fabrication production operations facilities, where satellite parts are built and assembled. Various fabrication processes were seen and materials handled. Students were able to ask questions of employees, who answered student questions about a STEM education and careers in high technology.

 

 

 

 

2015

  The START Program 2015 - California Science Center  

California Science Center at Exposition Park

We explored the "Creative World" exhibit, and learned the science behind communication, structures, and transportation. We also watched the show "HUBBLE in 3D" in the IMAX 3D theater. We finished our trip with a close-up viewing of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

 
     

The START Program 2015 - California Science Center          The START Program 2015 - California Science Center  

 
   The START Program 2015 - UCLA Bruin Bear  

 

UCLA - University of California Los Angeles

We began with a tour of the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SSEAS). The Robotics and Mechanisms Lab (RoMeLa) has some very cool and interesting robots. The students enjoyed meeting and speaking with the Dean of Engineering, Dean Dhir, and with Dr. Kleinrock, greatly responsible for UCLA being able to refer to itself as the Birthplace of the Internet. The Planetarium show reminded us how much technology has helped to understand our place in the universe. Items on display in the Meteorite Gallery are very unique. We finished by visiting the UCLA store, the John Wooden statue, and Bruin Bear. 

 
     

 

The START Program 2015 - UCLA RoMeLa           The START Program 2015 - UCLA John Wooden Statue

The START Program 2015 - UCLA - Dr. Dhir               The START Program 2015 - UCLA - Dr. Kleinrock     

 
  The START Program 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation  

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation - Space Technology, Redondo Beach

We toured the spacecraft machining and fabrication production operations facilities, and learned how satellites are developed and built. In addition, the START students watched a short video and viewed the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) production facility. The JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide as they study every phase in the history of our Universe. The new Distinguished Visitors Center combines multimedia technology and warfare simulation, and provides interactive media kiosks and plasma screens, as well as a historical display area containing "Jack Northrop's" desk and vintage aircraft models. 

 
     

 

The START Program 2015 - NGC          The START Program 2015 - NGC

The START Program 2015 - NGC           The START Program 2015 - NGC    

 

 

 

 

2014

  START 2014 CSULA field trip  

CSULA - California State University Los Angeles

We toured the technical laboratories of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST). ECST students spoke to the START students, and shared their experiences of working, studying and living at CSULA. CSULA's engineering program has ranked among the nation's best undergraduate programs for more than a decade.

 
     

The mechanical engineering laboratory at CSULA     The Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility at CSULA

 
  START 2014 Griffith Observatory pic 1  

Griffith Observatory - Griffith Park Los Angeles

We toured the observatory and its many exhibits, and watched "Centered in the Universe" in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. The show asks fundamental questions about our place in the Universe. Viewers are transported back in time, from the Library of Alexandria, to Galileo's courtyard, to the world's most powerful telescopes in a quest for answers among the stars to discover our true place in the cosmos.

 
      The Tesla Coil at Griffith Observatory  
 
START 2014 california science center field trip picture
 

California Science Center at Exposition Park

We explored the "Creative World" exhibit, and learned the science behind communication, structures, and transportation. We also watched the show "HUBBLE in 3D" in the IMAX 3D theater. We finished our trip with a close-up viewing of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

 
      The Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles  
 
START 2014 at Northrup Grumman Space Park
 


Northrup Grumman
- Space Technology, Redondo Beach

We toured the spacecraft machining and fabrication production operations facilities, and learned how satellites are developed and built. In addition, the START students watched a short show and viewed the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) production facility. The JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide as they study every phase in the history of our Universe. This year the students had a rare opportunity to tour the Microelectronics Fabrication Facility, where great big things were happening on a very small scale.

 
     
The Microelectronics Fabrication Facility at Northrup Grumman
  The Microelectronics Fabrication Facility at Northrup Grumman  Andy Roberts speaks to students at Space Park in Redondo Beach
 

 

 

2013

  California State University Los Angeles  

CSULA - California State University Los Angeles

We toured the technical laboratories of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST). ECST students spoke to the START students, and shared their experiences of working, studying and living at CSULA. CSULA's engineering program has ranked among the nation's best undergraduate programs for more than a decade.

 
  Griffith Park  

Griffith Observatory - Griffith Park Los Angeles

We toured the observatory and its many exhibits, and watched "Centered in the Universe" in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. The show asks fundamental questions about our place in the Universe. Viewers are transported back in time, from the Library of Alexandria, to Galileo's courtyard, to the world's most powerful telescopes in a quest for answers among the stars to discover our true place in the cosmos.

 
  California Science Center at Exposition Park  

California Science Center at Exposition Park

We explored the "Creative World" exhibit, and learned the science behind communication, structures, and transportation. We also watched the show "HUBBLE in 3D" in the IMAX 3D theater. We finished our trip with a close-up viewing of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

 
  Northrop Grumman Space Park, Redondo Beach  

Northrup Grumman - Space Technology, Redondo Beach

We toured the spacecraft machining and fabrication production operations facilities, and learned how satellites are developed and built. In addition, the START students watched a short show and viewed the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) production facility. The JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide as they study every phase in the history of our Universe.

 
  Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, El Segundo  

Northrop Grumman - F/A-18 Production Facility, El Segundo

We toured the production facility of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the US Navy's frontline carrier-based strike fighter. NGC produces the F/A-18's aft/center fuselage section and vertical tails and integrates all associated subsystems at its facility in El Segundo, Calif.

 

 

 

2012

 

California State University field trip

 

CSULA - California State University Los Angeles

We toured the technical laboratories of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST). ECST students spoke to the START students, and shared their experiences of working, studying, and living at CSULA.

 

 

JPL field trip

 

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology

We learned all about the Mars Science Laboratory mission, and the newest Mars rover called Curiosity.

 

 

California Science Center field trip

 

California Science Center at Exposition Park

We explored the "Creative World" exhibit, and learned the science behind communication, structures, and transportation.

 

 

Northrop Grumman field trip at Space Park

 

Northrup Grumman - Space Technology, Redondo Beach

We toured the spacecraft machining and fabrication production operations facilities, and learned how satellites are developed and built.

 

 

Northrop Grumman field trip - F/A-18

 

Northrop Grumman - F/A-18 Production Facility, El Segundo

We toured the production facility of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the U.S. Navy's frontline carrier-based strike fighter. NGC produces the F/A-18's aft/center fuselage section and vertical tails and integrates all associated subsystems at its facility in El Segundo, Calif.

 

 

 

Last Published 3/9/17