The Academy of Sciences: A highly anticipated field trip
This week, we will be taking a detour away from the engineering classroom to learn new things at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences. This field trip has been highly anticipated for months, and us MarinSEL juniors are getting prepared to fill our minds with inspiring, scientific knowledge.
The Academy of Sciences is a unique museum located in Golden Gate Park. It contains an aquarium, a planetarium, and a natural history museum all under one living green roof. The museum has over 40,000 live animals to study and learn about. This museum attracts people, not only from around the Bay Area, but from around the world. It is a popular destination for travelers visiting the area.
Unfortunately, we will be missing class time for this field trip, so we have one less day to work on our beautifully progressing coops. Since we are getting close to finishing, everyone is working hard and trying out new things; some of us are even going to learn how to weld and work with rubber cement!
The Academy of Sciences represents a move towards environmental technology with its living roof and other attractions. Its modern twist on science and the environment will definitely have an influence on us. We will not only be inspired to make our chicken coops to the best of our ability, but to think outside the box with other environmental projects in the future.
Speaking of environmental technology, we will soon be building solar phone chargers on Mondays when we have a shorter period! Very exciting.
A big thank you to the Academy of Sciences for letting us have a free tour, and to all of the other volunteers, community partners, and most importantly, Ms. Oropallo for making MarinSEL engineering an amazing experience for all of us.
by Julietta and Ana Paula