- Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 01:00
- Written by Traci Newell - Staff Writerfirstname.lastname@example.org
Los Altos High School’s Sixth Annual Science & Tech Week is scheduled next week. Major innovators in Silicon Valley’s technical community will visit the campus to interact with students and demonstrate the reality of careers in science.
Sal Khan, president and founder of Khan Academy, which uses technology to boost math skills, will be the keynote speaker. The Los Altos School District implemented Khan Academy online education tools in all nine of its schools this year after evaluating the benefits in an intensive one-year pilot program. Khan will share how the program applies technology to revolutionize education 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Eagle Theater.
Objectives of the week dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) include demonstrating the value of a math and science education to encourage students to take more math and science classes during high school; raising awareness of the variety of related career opportunities; highlighting the diverse backgrounds of current professionals; and inspiring students to think creatively and join the ranks of innovative thinkers for the next generation.
The speakers come from diverse backgrounds, and their topics are designed to demonstrate how professionals overcame their own obstacles to pursue careers in the science field.
Speakers will share information on their current projects and how fundamental science affects their day-to-day work. They will explain how they prepared for their careers and how their own high school experiences influenced them to pursue science and technology beyond graduation.
Professionals scheduled to speak include representatives from Google, Hewlett-Packard, Box.net, the Oakland Police Department, Foothill College and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
For more information and the full schedule, visit www.mvla.net/lahs/Academics/Science/Pages/ScienceandTechnologyWeek.aspx.