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LAHS hosts Science and Tech Week


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Los Altos High School’s annual Science and Technology Week exposes students to professionals who use science in their careers. Students discuss psychiatry with Dr. Melanie Watkins, above, during the 2010 Science and Technology Week.

Los Altos High School’s eighth annual Science and Technology Week is scheduled to begin Monday. Major innovators from the community will visit the campus to interact with students about careers in Silicon Valley’s high-tech fields.

Keynote speaker Adam Cheyer is founder and vice president of engineering for Siri Inc., the company that created the Siri app, a voice-activated digital assistant available on hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Cheyer is scheduled to speak 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 23 in a presentation open to the community.

As a startup, Siri won the Innovative Web Technologies award at SXSW and was selected a Top Ten Emerging Technology by MIT’s Technology Review. Apple’s version of Siri earned the “Best Technical Achievement” award at the 2011 Crunchies Awards.

Cheyer also co-founded Change.org, an international community of 40 million members who “fight for what’s right” locally, nationally and globally. In addition, Cheyer co-founded Genetic Finance, which distributes machine-learning algorithms across more than 1 million CPUs to discover novel solutions to complex problems.

Objectives of Science and Technology 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’ 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 describe 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 Pixar, Foothill College, Intel Corp., Smule Inc., Mozilla, Stanford University and Facebook.

For a full schedule and more information, visit mvla.net/LAHS.

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