Field Trips 2019

Picnic at Alki Beach Park

July 5, 2019. Almost 100 students were joined by STEMsub staff at Alki Beach Park for the first field trip of summer academy.  The field trip served as a kick-off for the summer program and included games, ultimate rock-paper-scissors, human bingo, delicious food, and a knowledge bowl competition.  This field trip is always a fun way to get to know their fellow students as well as some of their instructors.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

July 9-10, 2019. This year’s STEMsub’s Summer Academy, our students got the opportunity to visit one of the United States Department of Energy National Laboratories, managed by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. PNNL is known for its advancement of science and technology, with distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics, laying a foundation for innovations that improve America’s energy resiliency and national security. Students toured the PNNL campus, participated in various STEM-focused activities (including cyber security, VR technology, and machine learning), and learned about different cutting-edge research being conducted at PNNL.

Boeing Facility Tour and Future of Flight Museum

July 17 & 24, 2019. Students visited the Boeing Everett Campus, where they were treated to a VIP tour of the Boeing Factory Floor in the “largest building in the world.” They were able to see how each aircraft are being manufactured and assembled using the latest tools and technology. The second part of the trip, students also had the opportunity to explore the Future of Flight (FoF) gallery, where they saw interactive displays, videos, and models of different aircraft components, and learned about the history of human flight.

Western Washington University

July 17 & 24, 2019.  Even though students spend most of Summer Academy on the UW Seattle campus, it is important for them to see what other college campuses have to offer.  For this field trip, students got a chance to tour the campus, dine like a college student, and hear admissions presentation at  Western Washington University. These experiences helped students think about how to access their resources in the application process, as well as consider how various college campuses compare to each other.


July 31, 2019. Students visited the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters on their Redmond Campus.  Students learned about the many pathways that can lead to a career at Microsoft through speed networking with current employees.  They were able to participate in a coding workshop, coding a robot car to go through a path with Summer Academy instructors led by Ben Nguyen, Kim Nguyen, and Kasey Champion. Students toured the User Experience Research department, discussed STEM pathways with industry experts, learned about accessibility for others when creating new technologies, and dined at Studio H.  Over the course of the day, students were able to soak in the atmosphere of the campus and see what they could do with a STEM degree in the future. A big thank you to Ben, Kim, and Kasey for hosting the field trip!