Student Information Session – Thursday Week 6 at 12.45pm in BL6

The aim of this tour is to immerse students in STEM experiences and career pathways that they would be unlikely to experience in Australia or on a family holiday. Every activity has a learning component related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Walford aims to run the STEM Tour every two years providing the number of participants is sufficient. The next tour is scheduled for early 2024. The length of the tour is two weeks and mostly takes place in the school holidays to minimise disruption to the academic year. Students need to be 15 years of age at the time of the tour in order to participate in the activities.

Although the itinerary is subject to change, the first three days are spent in Orlando experiencing indoor skydiving, a boat ride through the Everglades, Universal Studios and visiting the Kennedy Space Center. Five days are spent at the NASA-inspired Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Activities at Space Camp include scuba diving, three separate space simulation missions, the one sixth gravity simulator, the multi axis trainer, learning about the International Space Station and more. The last three days are spent in San Francisco. Students visit the National Ignition Facility, the Intel Museum and the Exploratorium. Other activities include a tour of the prison on Alcatraz Island and a half day tour of the city.

If you are interested in the 2024 STEM Tour USA, please come along to the Student Information Session next Thursday 24 November in BL6.

Maria Caruso
Head of Science