Upper School students visited Silicon Valley over spring break on a study tour to the heart of innovation in America. Students presented about STEAM @ Marymount to Apple executives, highlighting how technology is integrated in all disciplines throughout the four divisions. It was rewarding to hear that Marymount has a stellar reputation at Apple because of its commitment to innovation and creativity. The girls also got to tour (and play games at) Zynga's headquarters and even meet the CEO, Don Mattrick. The highlight of the visit was a panel discussion by women executives at Zynga, spanning a wide variety of roles from human resources to user interfact design to computer/software engineer to executive VP. Students capped off the week with a tour of Facebook headquarters - a true city within a city - where they met with a sales director, a software developer, and a press director to discuss the future of computing and social interaction.
In addition to these memorable visits, students also had time to explore many attractions in the Bay Area, including the Exploratorium, Stanford's Center for Clinical Sciences Research, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone enjoyed having the opportunity to visit their peers at Castilleja School -- a school similar to Marymount in its commitment to hands-on experiential learning and passion for technology. It was an inspirational trip for all involved!