Silicon Valley One-Day Visit, 2017

(Reported by George Leung)




Every year, two groups of students of about 40 will attend summer classes at UC Berkeley, one after the other. Our Mentor Group will, as usual, arrange activities respectively for each group. The first group visited Jelly Belly Factory as well as the State Capitol in Sacramento last month. For the second group of 11 students , we arranged a one-day trip to Silicon Valley on July 15 . This year, we are glad to have Justine, the son of alumna Po Sin Yuen, to help us to mentor students. He is a recent UC Berkeley graduate working in the high-tech field.

Our Silicon Valley trip started with a visit to Googleplex, the Google Campus. Thanks to Daniel Fan, an alumnus who worked there, we were able to get an in-depth understanding of Google's operations. With the help of Daniel's two colleagues, Jerry and Herman , we enjoyed touring the visitors' center and the campus. We expressed our gratitude by sending them our OAACUHK mug as a souvenir.

After Google, we went to Stanford University and joined a guided tour arranged by David Campos, a Stanford graduate. The tour consisted of about 40 people. We walked around the campus more than an hour, and the enthusiastic student guide explained detailed history ,etc. of the University. We then visitded the Cantor Museum to see its world-renowned exhibits. We had lunch in the picnic area; our mentors Cecilia and Paul had prepared very delicious sandwiches for everyone.

In the afternoon, we headed to Mountain View and visited, for the first time, the AMES Research Center. Our guide James demonstrated to students a lot of interesting projects about NASA. He also showed us a video about the Mars Rover which is jointly created by California Institute of Technology and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The day trip ended in happiness by visiting the famous HP Garage -- the 'Birthplace of Silicon Valley'!

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