By: Aliza Amsellem and Sarah Frieman
On Sunday, May 18th, the 9th and 10th grade students from the CIJE engineering program embarked on a rewarding adventure to San Francisco. Despite the delayed plane, we squeezed in numerous activities in just two days. Right after we landed in San Francisco, we made our way to the famous Maker Faire, where we saw and interacted with original and exciting innovations. There were technologies including the new 3-D printers, robots, innovative crafts, kinetic structures, intricate light fixtures and, static machines. Later, we hurried to the heart of San Francisco, where we happily situated ourselves in our hotel rooms. Soon after, we jumped on a bus to the Fisherman’s Wharf, near the bay, where we toured small tourist shops, relaxed at the sight of a beautiful sunset and ate a delicious meal from Sabra Grill.
The morning started bright and early for another jam-packed day, beginning with a visit to a Start Up data-organizing company named Splunk. There, we learned about the company and how it was founded and also got cool t-shirts with funny quotes like, “Finding your faults, just like mom.”
We soon moved on to our next activity; a visit to the iconic Facebook headquarters. There, two employees gave us a tour of the campus, which was modeled like a downtown center. The warm environment included several restaurants, gyms, pools, volleyball courts, and other every-day resources to make the working experience most enjoyable.
Moving on to the Google headquarters was thrilling and their campus was huge, around four miles in radius. A staff member gave us a detailed tour of the campus and Google proved to be a home-like environment, similar to Facebook.
After the busy day, which had not yet ended, we went to a local kosher bagel shop to eat dinner. Then, we made our way to the Stanford college campus where a YULA alumnus showed us around and talked to us about the Jewish community. It was all very informative and inspired us to pursue our academic endeavors and dream big.
The entire CIJE class would like to give a huge thank you to our chaperones: Mr. Potapenko, Mrs. Drebin, and Alison Snyder; you truly made this trip an unforgettable experience.