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
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
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).