Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissman and Nick Mumm pose with their creation, which won third place for Best Engineering Design Process.

Los Altos students competed in the Tech Challenge April 12 and 13, with several teams earning awards.

The annual engineering design challenge, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, invites students in grades 5-12 to compete in a team design exercise to solve a real-world problem. Although all teams tackle the same challenge, they compete in separate grade divisions: fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth or ninth through 12th.


LASD Junior Olympics scheduled Saturday

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Jump rope is among the many events in which students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades will compete at the Los Altos School District’s 54th annual Junior Olympics Saturday.

An estimated crowd of more than 3,500 local students and their families, friends and neighbors is scheduled to gather 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View High School for the 54th Los Altos School District Junior Olympics.

The inter-school track meet celebrates more than 50 years of physical education in the district. The annual Olympic games feature fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from the district’s seven elementary schools competing in an array of events, cheered on by supporters.


Local student lends a hand

Courtesy of Jacob Rogers
The Vests and Veils team provides First Communion clothing to those in need.

Los Altos resident and Bellarmine College Preparatory junior Jacob Rogers and Serra High School junior Joseph Kaiser, co-founders of Vest and Veils, donated free First Communion outfits to children at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto March 22.

Rogers and Kaiser, alumni of St. Nicholas School in Los Altos Hills, founded Vests and Veils in 2012 to meet the needs of two groups: families who struggle to purchase expensive First Communion clothing and families with used First Communion outfits searching for a place to donate them.


LASD students celebrate service learning

Courtesy of Sandra McGonagle
We Day, held March 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, exhorts students in the Los Altos School District to effect positive change.

More than 150 Los Altos School District student leaders joined 16,000 Bay Area students to celebrate their accomplishments in service learning March 26.

The students participated in We Day, an initiative of Free The Children, an international nonprofit with which district students partner for many of their community service projects.


Local students urge people to dim the lights

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Egan Junior High students Sarah Chang, above, and Rebecca Lim promote energy conservation.

Egan Junior High School students Sarah Chang and Rebecca Lim wrote this piece for a school assignment and wanted to share it with Town Crier readers.


Schools Briefs

BCS presents spring production

Bullis Charter School students in kindergarten through third grade are scheduled to perform “101 Dalmatians,” based on the Disney animated classic, April 24-26.

The production features Roger and Anita, a pair of artists with wonderful problems on their hands – their dogs Pongo and Perdita, 99 Dalmatian puppies and where to put them all. But when the villainous Cruella de Vil and her hapless henchmen try to kidnap the dogs, the situation becomes even hairier.


Loyola School hosts STEM Expo

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Ari Garabedia, above right, demonstrates his team’s project for curious classmates at Loyola School’s STEM Expo.

Some local schools are taking a different twist on the traditional science fair this year.

As a pilot program, Loyola, Gardner Bullis and Santa Rita schools are scheduled to host STEM Expos that offer students opportunities to work on projects in several science, technology, engineering and mathematics categories.


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