Fri12192014

Schools

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participated in national Hour of Code activities last week, aiming to spread the desire not just to consume technology, but to help build it.

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Los Altos High Green Team hosts conference for Bay Area students


Courtesy of Margie Suozzo
Members of the Los Altos High School Green Team leadership celebrate the success of their conference. Pictured are, from left, Bianca Champenois, Tatiana Gibson, Katia Gibson, Meredith Soward, Sruthi Jayakumar and Roya Samani.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green Team created a Bay Area-wide conference for students to discuss best practices for ensuring that their schools are as green as can be.

“By high-schoolers, for high-schoolers” was the motto of the Students for Green High Schools Conference held Nov. 17.

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MVHS students raise money for scientific journey


Courtesy of Mala Krishna
A group of Mountain View High School students – with their teacher, Mala Krishna, center – aim to expand their knowledge of biology by raising money for a trip to Honduras, where they will conduct research.

A group of Mountain View High School students interested in biology is raising funds for a trip to Honduras next summer, where they will receive hands-on experience through Operation Wallacea, a company that pairs students with scientists and grad students working on scientific studies in the field.

“It is a different aspect of science,” said Mala Krishna, the Mountain View High biology teacher who introduced Operation Wallacea to students. “Most people think about bio-tech and high-tech stuff, but a lot of science is done very simply. Observation is huge in science, so (this experience would encourage) kids to actually look at things and see organisms in their natural habitats guided by people who are experts in the field.”

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Students gather at MVHS to attempt Guinness World Record


Eric Soderberg/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship bracelets Nov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 local students gathered around tables in the Mountain View High School gym Nov. 9 to attempt a Guinness World Record with heart – tying colorful strings to form friendship bracelets.

Their goal to make more than 500 bracelets in four hours would not only set a new record, but also provide trinkets a local family could slip into their backpacks and hand deliver to orphans around the world.

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Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments with scientists each month in their own classrooms, with help from Science is Elementary, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve science education.

“Science education should not be something that we only give people who can pay,” said Tzipor Ulman, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Science is Elementary. “Science is part of our everyday life, so it needs to be part of our everyday education.”

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Savvy students organize Tech Team at Santa Rita


ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Santa Rita School Tech Team member Kirsten Peterson, in blue, helps a student during the Lunch Lab. The Tech Team helps run the Lunch Lab, a program popular with students.

A group of technologically literate students banded together at Santa Rita School this year to help teachers and students troubleshoot computer problems.

At the beginning of the school year, three sixth-graders approached the school’s technology specialist, Diane Hutchinson, with the idea of forming a group to help resolve technological problems at school – and the Tech Team was born.

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Local high school rock band raises funds to record album


Courtesy of Jason Guesman
37th Parallel, which includes local students Brad Guesman, left, and Eric Dyer, is raising money to record its first album.

What began as four junior high students getting together to play music for fun has transformed into a high school rock band that has performed many live shows, including an appearance at Live 105’s BFD concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Los Altos High junior Brad Guesman and Mountain View High juniors AJ Pelayo, Philip Chang and Eric Dyer formed 37th Parallel and are trying to drum up support for their first album. Working through a Kickstarter campaign, they are two-thirds of the way to reaching the $12,000 needed to record an album.

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