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Academy students can choose from a variety of activities throughout the school year.  Typical activities are listed below. Not all activities are offered every year.

Aerospace Museum: Academy students tour exhibits of military and commercial aircraft and engines, take a flight simulator ride, and tour a NASA traveling exhibit about Moon exploration.

Assembly: Academy students and staff get together each fall to review Academy requirements and opportunities for the year and to challenge each other in an Academy trivia contest.

Awards Night: Academy students, staff, and families get together over dessert in May to recognize the achievements of our students during the school year, particularly our Academy Graduates and Graduates with Honors.

Bowling Night: Academy students practice Newton's Laws of Motion at the Tracy Bowl one evening after school.

Chabot Space & Science Center: Academy students take an astronomy class, view a planetarium show, and tour astronomy exhibits.

Challenger Center: Academy students simulate a mission to Mars, completing tasks at one of nine different stations including communications, life support, and  navigation.

Homecoming Parade: Academy students put together a Space & Engineering float entry for West High's homecoming parade through downtown Tracy each October.

iFly Vertical Wind Tunnel: Academy students learn the physics of falling through the air at terminal velocity, then experience it first hand inside a giant vertical wind tunnel.

Socials & Game Nights: Sometimes Academy students get together just to socialize around a bowl of ice cream, or to play games they all like, such as video games and card games. 

Outreach: Academy students go to 8th grade classes to talk about engineering and the Academy, or put on exhibits at K-8 school science nights.

The Tech Museum: Academy students view an IMAX film and participate in interactive technology exhibits.

Young Eagles: Pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association host Academy students at a local airport on a Saturday for an aviation talk and flights in their planes (or, in one case, helicopter).

 

   
 
Space and Engineering Academy | Merrill F. West High School
1775 W Lowell Ave | Tracy, California 95376
Phone: (209) 830-3370 ext. 3133
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