Computer Science Trips to New York
New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world, at the forefront of world culture and finance, so it goes without saying that it takes a certain level of technology to keep a city like that going, which makes it an ideal destination for students of ICT and computer science.
In addition to its many museums and art galleries, iconic landmarks and Broadway shows students of computer science can get hands-on at Microsoft's recently opened flagship store which offers fantastic workshops on coding, game and app creation. They could explore the New York Transit Museum to learn how technology has transformed the city infrastructure or head to the New York Hall of Science and visit the technology centre. Whatever you are interested in there is something for everyone and you can not fail to please your students and inspire them with a visit to the city that never sleeps.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight to New York||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation||Visit to Empire State Building|
|2||Visit Nintendo World||Visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum||Evening Meal in a restaurant|
|3||Visit and Workshop at Microsoft store||Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise||Evening meal followed by a Broadway Show|
|4||Visit to New York Hall of Science||Transfer to New York airport for return flight||Overnight flight back to UK|
|5||Arrive UK Airport, onward return travel to school|
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight to New York|
|Afternoon||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation|
|Evening||Visit to Empire State Building|
|Morning||Visit Nintendo World|
|Afternoon||Visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum|
|Evening||Evening Meal in a restaurant|
|Morning||Visit and Workshop at Microsoft store|
|Afternoon||Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise|
|Evening||Evening meal followed by a Broadway Show|
|Morning||Visit to New York Hall of Science|
|Afternoon||Transfer to New York airport for return flight|
|Evening||Overnight flight back to UK|
|Morning||Arrive UK Airport, onward return travel to school|
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Reasons to Visit
Microsoft Store Workshops
Alongside a tour of Microsoft's flagship store on fifth avenue students can take part in 2 hour workshops and learn the art of coding. Workshops are available using 3 of microsoft's coding products; Kodu, a visual programming language made specifically for creating games; TouchDevelop, a programme for creating and sharing apps; Project Spark, where you can build your own gaming world and characters. A great way to get some hands on experience in an inspiring and iconic environment.
New York Hall of Science
NYSCI, New York City’s hands-on science and technology centre, has more than 100,000 square-feet of indoor exhibition space to explore. It presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities that explain science, technology, engineering, and maths. See website for downloadable resources to enhance a visit.
New York's newest museum explores the underworld of spies and espionage. Tech and innovation are often at the heart of how the secret services stay secret and one step ahead. With areas dedicated to encryption and hacking this museum offers a fun and interactive way of looking at the application of computer science in the unreal world of secret intelligence.
Museum of Moving Image Workshops
Hands-on workshops are offered as a supplement to guided tours of the Museum's exhibitions, and support learning across a variety of curricular areas. They offer an hour long Video Game Programming workshop where students use programming software to build their own versions of a ping-pong style video game.
Learn about the technology behind Nintendo and explore each of the interactive gaming areas at Nintendo World where hands-on gaming demonstrations are provided.
Empire State Building Observatory
New York’s famous Empire State building soars more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan. Located on the 86th floor, the observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
The newly renovated Observation Deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Rockefeller Center. The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees and stretching for miles in every direction.
Circle Line Tour (Boat Cruise)
This cruise circumnavigates Manhattan Island allowing you to see all its highlights (dependant on length of cruise chosen) 3 rivers, 7 major bridges, 5 boroughs, over 25 world renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available on board.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty is New York's most symbolic structure. The Auguste Bartholdi statue was given as a gift from the people of France and stands at 111 feet 6 inches from the toe to the crown. In the base of the statue there is an interesting museum devoted to the statue's history.
Basketball and Ice Hockey Matches
Tickets to the New York Knicks Basketball and New York Rangers Ice Hockey Games range from $25 and upwards depending upon availability.
9/11 Tribute Center
Remember and honour the thousands murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2011. It further recognises the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath.
Ice Skating at Wollman Rink
Wollman Rink provides 26,600 square feet of ice for skaters in the winter. Wollman Rink, located near the Parkside Avenue/Ocean Avenue entrance to Central Park, is open for ice skating from late November through March. The Rink features a snack bar, skate shop, skate rental and free lockers.
Staten Island Ferry
This free ferry ride to Staten Island offers impressive panoramas of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The ferry departs from Battery Park every thirty minutes.
One of the great pleasures New Yorkers and tourists enjoy is getting away from it all in Central Park. Stretching 51 blocks between 59th and 110th streets, this 843-acre area, green rectangle has served its city well since 1859. From famous statues to castles, there is so much to see within this pastoral landmark.
Watch a Broadway Show
Make the most of your stay by rounding off the day with a Broadway show. The best value tickets are available for mid-week performances and can be combined with dinner in a nearby restaurant before the performance.
Examples of current shows on offer are: Aladdin, Wicked, Chicago, Mean Girls, The Phantom of the Opera and Beetlejuice.
There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability - so book early for your favourite show!
One World Trade Centre Observation Deck
The Freedom Tower is a 104 storey building that stands on the World Trade Center site in Manhattan - giving amazing views of the city. Interactive exhibitions reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s remarkable forest of skyscrapers. Ascend the 102 floors to the observation deck in under 60 seconds in one of five sky pod elevators!
Yankee Stadium Tours
This classic tour of Yankee Stadium allows you to absorb the history of one of the most iconic of American sports teams. The Yankees are 27-time World Series Champions, the tour will take you to famous locations such as Monument Park, get you up close to historic baseball memorabilia as well teach you more about how the stadium is used and the events hosted here which go beyond baseball. Each tour is led by an expert guide and culminates in the chance to purchase some of its famous merchandise.
- Empire State Building
- Top of the Rock
- Broadway Show
- Sports Fixture Tickets - choose from basketball, hockey or baseball
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What you say
They (Microsoft) asked on arrival if we would like to do a VIP Tour and it was fantastic! I would highly recommend the 5th Ave. Microsoft store, every member of staff that we came in contact with were so helpful and made it a fun and enjoyable session. Ice Hockey game in Brooklyn was fab we all had a great night. The Aerial Tram to Roosevelt Island was good the learners got to see a different sight of Manhattan in the dark. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic High School
Microsoft was amazing! Students enjoyed the Apple visit also. The New York Hall of Science was very good but probably more suitable for younger children. My seven year old would have been in his element! It was nice to get out and explore Queens though. I will be back! I've used EST before and wouldn't look at using anyone else at the moment. The service received is always excellent and Sarah never sounds like she minds all my questions (about stuff she's probably already explained!). Holbrook Academy
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