We are thrilled to announce some of the off-campus field trips we will be taking this summer as part of our academic experience! We work very hard to arrange these trips, and our commitment is to provide our students access to meet and interact with real engineers at their places of work, to see what their jobs are really like, and to get to see engineering in action!
This summer we have many trips already confirmed:
NASA Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston – We have visited this famed facility each summer because we know Engineers who work there and it has been the center of all US human spaceflight for more than 50 years. On a guided behind-the-scenes tour, conducted by a retired Apollo propulsion engineer who helped get astronauts to the Moon, we visited Mission Control, the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility where current astronauts train and the historic Rocket Park to see the Saturn V moon rocket. We had access to Space Center Houston and all of the artifacts and displays that trace US achievements in space and how engineers and scientists have contributed. The visit also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and there were many special exhibits and events. This summer our Rice engineering camp will be even better!
University of Pennsylvania:
This summer we have confirmed a behind the scenes tour of Leonardo Helicopters. Leonardo builds helicopters for military and commercial operators from a large manufacturing plant in Northeast Philadelphia, one of 4 the company has throughout the globe. The helicopters that are built at this plant are used by militaries, governments, and private users all over the world for a variety of missions, including Homeland Security, Fire-Fighting, Emergency Medical Service (Medevac), Search and Rescue, VIP and Corporate transportation. Students will see and learn first-hand from Leonardo’s engineers and pilots about how helicopters are designed and built, which will include special behind-the-scenes tours of the manufacturing lines and the pilot training academy.
Boeing Ridley Park
This summer we are planning a behind the scenes tour of the Boeing Ridley Park facility. Boeing is a leading producer of both commercial and military aircraft, and the Ridley Park site is part of the Boeing Defense Vertical Lift Division. Boeing Ridley Park is the manufacturing center for the H-47 Chinook aircraft, the V-22 Osprey fuselage and Common Configuration – Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM), and delivery center for the MH-139 aircraft. About 4,500 employees work at this site. Students will have an opportunity to tour the production lines for the H-47 and V-22 and will also get to interact and learn from the engineers who are working on these amazing products.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics:
This summer we are planning a behind the scenes tour of LaGuardia Airport. The airport, which has two new terminals in operation, is in the process of a multi-billion-dollar redevelopment initiative designed to transform the facility into an ultra-modern transportation hub for passengers. Completing a massive construction program while keeping this busy metropolitan airport operating involves intricate planning and execution. Students will see and learn first-hand from airport engineers what it takes to manage and operate the airport as well as the construction, tour some of the facilities and if weather permits visit the ramp to see the aircraft landing and taking-off.
Please note: all field trips are subject to change based on weather or other uncertainties!