Local high schools compete in robotics tourney this weekend

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The Mountain View High School Robotics Team refines its robot at a competition earlier this year.

Los Altos, Mountain View, Pinewood and St. Francis high schools are scheduled to compete in a regional robotics competition at San Jose State University this weekend.

Student-designed robots will go head-to-head in the Silicon Valley Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) tournament.


LAHS celebrates annual Writers Week

Los Altos High School’s 30th annual Writers Week, scheduled Monday through March 20, features a lineup of writers, poets and journalists.

Writers from all walks of life will bring diversity in themes and genres as they engage with English students. Writers of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, songs and blogs will meet with English classes and share their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the techniques of their writing processes.


Los Altos High School History Week focuses on California

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Louis Pare, chief engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp., discusses the history of California’s aerospace industry at Los Altos High’s third annual History Week.

Los Altos High School’s third annual History Week, with the theme “California on the World Stage,” drew a wide range of speakers to campus Feb. 9-12 to address the state’s impact on the nation’s history, economy, society and culture.


CSMA student artwork on display at Mountain View City Hall

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The Community School of Music and Arts is hosting an art exhibition featuring local students’ creations – such as the piece above by Springer School sixth-grader Megan Q. – at Mountain View City Hall through Feb. 20.

The Community School of Music and Arts and the city of Mountain View have scheduled “That’s Too Funny!” – a collaborative exhibition from faculty and students in the Art4Schools program in local elementary and middle schools – through Feb. 20 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St.


Foothill hosts Cash for College workshop

Foothill College has scheduled a Cash for College workshop for current and future college students and their parents 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Foothill College Middlefield Campus, Building I, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The annual event provides one-stop service for those completing financial aid applications. Financial aid professionals will offer line-by-line assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The workshop is designed for high school and college students who currently attend or plan to attend a California community college, CSU or UC campus, private university or vocational/technical school.


Freestyle hosts exhibition at Computer Science Museum

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Mountain View High junior and Freestyle Academy student Radika Gupta, right, works with a fellow student during a WebAudio course this month.

For three periods a day, a small subset of students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools participate in a project-driven, design-based curriculum at Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology.

More than 140 juniors and seniors break from the traditional comprehensive model of high school to attend Freestyle, where curriculum centers on four projects a year.


CSMA hosts student-faculty exhibition

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled the multidisciplinary art exhibition “Beginning With Water” through Jan. 11 in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain.

“Beginning With Water” showcases the work of artists ages 5 to adult.


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