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IVA students and friends, from left, Aidan McIntrye and Lewis Carmichael join TESLA enthusiast Jacob Cook, far right, and a guide from TESLA on a tour of the robotics-based company at its Fremont campus May 15 as part of a surprise field trip that focused on Cook’s big passion.

Field trip is a dream come true

Jacob Cook gets a surprise field trip May 15 to the corporation he’s most fascinated by: TESLA. The IVA student is passionate about emerging technologies. Photos submitted

The look on Jacob Cook’s face was priceless.

On Monday, May 14, some of Indian Valley Academy’s junior high students took an overnight trip to the Bay Area. The destination was a big surprise and a well-kept secret from Cook — a big fan of emerging technologies. Make that a huge fan.

Cook has been known to inform just about anyone of his interest and admiration of Elon Musk, founder of TESLA. He has, what some consider, encyclopedic knowledge of the company and its products. He has the same enthusiasm for Apple, too.

Director Sue Weber had been trying to find a way for the students to visit TESLA, with a field trip both for STEM education and career exposure. Normally TESLA only gives tours to TESLA owners and family members. Weber mentioned to a friend in San Francisco that she wanted to take students there — and that friend happened to have a friend who works there. The rest is history.

“One of the best things for me, besides seeing the amazing faculty and all the robotics, was watching Aidan McIntyre and Lewis Carmichael share in Jacob’s passion. It was amazing and how the world should be. They were so happy for him!” said Weber.

A video of Jacob Cook’s reaction to finding out he was about to tour the facility of his dreams has garnered attention on social media.

For Cook, the field trip was a dream come true.

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