The “mouse” was invented in Silicon Valley in 1963.
The name “Silicon Valley” originally referred to the region’s large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually applied to all of the tech companies in the area.
The “Valley of Heart’s Delight”—as it was once known—is also home to some of the most beautiful towns in the nation, including Santa Clara, San Jose, Palo Alto, Saratoga, and one of Money Magazine’s picks for best places to live—Cupertino.
Companies like Apple, Amazon, eBay, and Google have put Silicon Valley on the map, attracting a steady stream of power families, young tech professionals and entrepreneurs year after year.
Silicon Valley is widely recognized as the tech capital of the world.
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Our tour director will meet all participants at the San Francisco International Airport upon arrival. A Welcome Dinner awaits where everyone can have a networking meet-and-greet session. Check-in at the hotel afterwards.
DAY 2 - San Francisco Day Tour
After breakfast, participants will visit the Alcatraz Island. Followed by lunch and then a city tour of San Francisco. They will then visit Haight-Ashbury and enjoy a walk across the renowned Golden Gate Bridge. Later in the afternoon, they will participate in a STEM/Business/Tech Workshop. They will enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the Fisherman’s Wharf and check-in back at the hotel to recover for the next day.
DAY 3 - Explore Silicon Valley
After breakfast, participants will visit the NASA Ames Research Center and then tour the Carnegie Mellon NASA Campus, followed by lunch. They will also visit the Intel Museum, then participate in a Workshop: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Funding Sources / Sales: The Essential Skills. Dinner before coming back to the hotel.
DAY 4 - Explore Silicon Valley
After breakfast, the participants will enjoy a visit at the Stanford University, see the original Google Server, visit the Hoover Tower, and HP Garage Replica, followed by lunch. Visit the Tech Museum and enjoy a photo stop at the original HP Garage. Later in the afternoon, the students have their final Workshop: Social Media Marketing for the Small Business / Marketing Strategies for Small Business. Dinner before coming back to the hotel.
DAY 5 - Explore Silicon Valley
After breakfast, participants will visit the Computer History Museum and the Apple Corporate Store. They will enjoy lunch, followed by a visit at the Googleplex (outside) and Tesla Motors showroom. The rest of the afternoon will be given to their students to prepare for your capstone project. Enjoy dinner and recover for the next day.
DAY 6 - Capstone Project Exhibit
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the University of California at Berkeley and have a lunch on campus. The students may have their last-minute preparations for the Capstone Project Exhibit and enjoy the group presentation over a fun night of dinner, drinks, and networking. Check-in back to the hotel and recover for next day’s adventure.
DAY 7 - Yosemite Adventure Tour
After breakfast, the group will head towards the Yosemite National Park and enjoy a day full of adventure in nature and have lunch onsite. Enjoy the final closing dinner at Chinatown and have a restful sleep for your return.
DAY 8 - Fly Back Home
The participants will be given free leisure time and enjoy their final breakfast in San Francisco while waiting for their flight back home.
We are positive that all participants will come home with creative energies and remarkable memories.
LEARN WHILE YOU TRAVEL
The International Student Company works with educational leaders to provide students with quality Workshops that will enhance their knowledge and help them gain a new outlook on career and global business.
WORKSHOP 1 - Stem / Business / Tech
This is an introductory workshop to the Silicon Valley environment that will cover both Business and Technological aspects. The students will learn the impact of Technology today and how it affects worldwide business trends.
WORKSHOP 2 - Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Funding Sources / Sales: The Essential Skills
“Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” is a workshop that will help participants reach a “go or no-go” decision for a start-up. The workshop will help them decide whether they are ready to take the next step towards becoming an entrepreneur.
The workshop will focus on the following:
-Start Up Basics: the basics of testing a business idea and identifying the key factors that influence startup success. Overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business.
-Business Concept: Step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, market, and competition.
-Marketing Plan: introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach.
-Financial Projections: Reviews of sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true startup costs, ongoing operating expenses.
-Funding Sources: How to finance small business – sources of funds, accounting.
WORKSHOP 3 - Social Media / Marketing Strategies
This is an educational workshop that will focus on how to turn social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram into powerful business tools. This workshop will review strategies and the best practices to get the most out of social media activities.
During this workshop students will learn the following:
-Proven best practices for attracting more customers via Twitter / Instagram.
-Ways to boost loyalty with customers (without spending money).
-How to get customers talking about you (word of mouth & referrals).
-How to increase engagement with Facebook posts (likes, comments, shares).