Squaw Valley Academy Bay Area students took a field trip to California Academy of Sciences. Students explored different topics in science. The Academy features unique Educational Exhibits, Lectures and a Planetarium which is a 75 foot, all digital dome.
Students and staff watched an educational program called, Life: A Cosmic Story which covers dark matter, the first generation of stars, the explosion of stars, the creation of the sun, Earth and sibling planets. It continues to discuss primordial oceans and continents taking shape, to early nucleotides to primitive algae giving rise to plants. By the film’s end, there has been a glimpse of dinosaurs, of the Earth drying out, the first flowers blooming and different species evolving into the world we know today.
Students expanded on in-class science related discussions. Not only was the Academy highly educational, it was a fun learning environment. Students loved walking through the different interactive exhibits. The exhibits featured aquariums, tide pools, rainforest, natural history, gems and minerals, African Hall, the swamp, project labs and many exotic animals and plants. These different exhibit topics brought textbooks to life and sparked student curiosity and questioning.
Our excursion included a stop at the stunning Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Originally constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, the palace was used to exhibit different works of art. The Palace is one of the last surviving buildings from the exposition. Today it has become a popular tourist stop and local photo-stop for weddings. Both the Academy of Sciences and the Palace of Fine Arts are must sees when visiting the San Francisco Bay Area.
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