Nobel Prize winner engages Blach students during speech

Lauren Koong/Town Crier Junior Reporter
Blach Intermediate School students ask Nobel Prize winner Professor William E. Moerner questions after his Feb. 1 speech.

The Blach Intermediate School auditorium filled with excitement at the prospect of meeting a Nobel Prize winner. Professor William E. Moerner of Stanford University visited Blach Feb. 1 to discuss his reserach work and his path to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Moerner was born in Pleasanton but grew up in Texas. He grew up loving to build things after his parents gave him a transistor radio kit in first grade. At his eighth-grade science fair, he won the grand prize for his project on various motor oils and their viscosity.


Student reflects on becoming coding teacher

Courtesy of Erik Zhang
Los Altos eighth-grader Erik Zhang teaches a class of students at CoderDojo.

I’m an eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, and I wrote about my CoderDojo learning experience in the Town Crier three years ago.


Year in Review: District undergoes change

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Among the many changes afoot in the Mountain View Whisman School District this year, the board recently voted to reopen the Slater Elementary School site.

I have to look at a calendar to believe that so much change has occurred in the Mountain View Whisman School District in one year.


Understanding what AP credits mean after graduation

Following is the second in a two-part series on Advanced Placement classes. Part 2 explores what happens with AP credits once students matriculate to college.


Consider balance and interests when selecting APs in high school

Following is the first in a two-part series that explores the two primary ways Advanced Placement classes impact the college process. Part 1 reviews the role of AP classes as part of college admissions. Part 2 will address how AP credits are handled after college matriculation.


New admissions program enables students to create 'digital lockers'

Hey, Common Application, move over. You are no longer the only game in town for a one-stop college application system.


Town Crier intern provides advice to peers

Town Crier intern and local teen “Cocoa” invites youth to submit questions about problems they need help with. Below are some questions that Cocoa has answered in the past as an advice columnist at her high school.


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