• Field Trips

    University of Buffalo. The students visited several lab areas in the Engineering Department to observe lab applications and projects and network with graduate students who demonstrated their research projects. The students also toured the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research.


    The General Motors Power Train Facility. During this field trip, students were informed of various federal safety regulations. They toured the facility and observed the inner-workings of a car engine. 


    Moog. The tour of this East Aurora Company provided an amazing presentation and tour of their specialized manufacturing company.


    North Tonawanda History Museum. The Academy students visited the Museum and were fascinated by the history they learned about North Tonawanda.  Many students were extremely interested in the large scale model of the Pan American Exposition building layout and expressed a desire to work on the project.  Consequently, two museum volunteers come weekly to the high school and many students have rebuilt some of the structures.

    Frank Lloyd Wright house. Students tour either the Darwin Martin house in the city of Buffalo or the Graycliff house in Derby. Additionally, a Saturday field trip took students to Pittsburg, PA to tour Falling Waters, another Frank Lloyd Wright home.


    Statler Towers. All three academies (Engineering and Architecture, Finance, and International Studies) visited this historic Buffalo landmark building.

    New York Power Authority and Niagara Gorge. The academy classes visited the Power Vista and Niagara Gorge.   The kids hiked the gorge and saw former location of the Scholkolf Power plant.


    Calspan. Students toured the facility and got an extra bonus of visiting the Niagara Falls Air Force Base where the students toured a plane.


    Taylor Devices. A handful of Academy students were invited to a presentation at Taylor Devices. Doug Taylor, president of the firm, has received awards for the work the company has done for NASA. Several officials from NASA, including astronaut Lauren Shriver, spoke and were very interested in our Academy group.


    Greatbatch, Inc. This Western New York Company pursues revolutionary technologies solutions in many aspects and is located around the world. The founder, Wilson Greatbatch, was the co-inventor of the first successful implanted pacemaker. We visited their new medical facility in Alden and saw some of their assembly facilities, learned the correct use of fire extinguishers, practiced with a real fire and heard from several Engineers about engineering and their personal experiences in the profession.


    Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penny Art Center.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the interesting art at both of these wonderful institutions


    Praxair Cryogenics Demonstration. The students really enjoyed the in-house program that Praxair displayed.  Everything from frozen flowers to explosions was entertaining and very informative. 


    Frank Lloyd Wright Graycliff and Boathouse. The academy seniors, juniors, and sophomores visited the new Boathouse on the river.  The floor plans were drawn by Frank Lloyd Wright but the plans were never used until the structure was built in Buffalo a few years ago.


    The Linde Group.  It was an extremely interesting and eye-opening trip for the students.  They were the most surprised by the size of the facility.  We learned a lot great information and then we went on tours of the different facets of Linde.


    Delphi. This was another amazing tour of the engineering building where designs were created and testing was administered.  The wind tunnel was the most fascinating part of the tour