Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students

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Students use software connected to a 3D printer, left, to create a miniature San Francisco, including the Ferry Building, below, at Foothill’s STEM Summer Camps.

Expanding efforts to spark and inspire students’ interest in Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Math, STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College more than doubled in size this summer.

From serving 480 students last year to 1,250 this year, the program offers hands-on and experiential lessons in STEM topics.


Local camp promotes speech and debate

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Students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools sponsored a speech and debate camp for middle schoolers, above, last month to encourage interest at an early age. Camp participants spend a week practicing their public-speaking skills and refining their debate strategies, below.

After a successful launch last year, the Mountain View Los Altos High School Speech and Debate Team held their second summer camp for middle schoolers last month.

Co-founded by James Naumovski from Los Altos High and Moira Huang from Mountain View High, the camp is designed to foster middle-school students’ interest in public speaking and debate and provide an introduction to the high schools’ debate program.


Local high schoolers receive scholarships from MVLA Scholars

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MVLA Scholars 2015 scholarship recipients celebrate their academic achievements at the Los Altos Community House.

MVLA Scholars recently awarded seniors from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year – and the services of a college mentor.

“We wanted high-achieving, low-income, first-generation-to-college applicants, and we received a huge response,” said Dee Gibson, co-chairwoman of MVLA Scholars. “Of the 70 qualified applicants, 29 received scholarships, more awarded in one year than ever before.”


KCI hosts annual cohort of teachers

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The Krause Center for Innovation is hosting a group of 49 local teachers during its annual MERIT program at Foothill College. Participating teachers, above and below, listen as MERIT alumni and education experts share strategies for using technology to transform their classrooms.

Teachers became students once again during a two-week intensive training program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College that wraps up Friday.

The teachers are part of the MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program, a research-based educator development initiative that focuses on using technology tools to transform how students learn.


Shared-lands subcommittee considers school site criteria

The Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Subcommittee convened July 8 to develop criteria for a potential 10th school site in Los Altos.

The committee reviewed shared-use of four public parcels: the Los Altos Civic Center and Covington, Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools.


High schools welcome new teachers, revived young-parent program

A continuing rise in local property-tax revenues will support additional teachers and the return of a program serving some of the most vulnerable local high schoolers.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees anticipates up to 9 percent growth in property-tax revenue in the coming year – revenue that funds 85 percent of the 2015-2016 budget approved at the board’s June 20 meeting.


Online public school hosts information session

California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school, has scheduled an information session in Los Altos 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Residence Inn Palo Alto-Los Altos, 4460 El Camino Real.

The session is aimed at families interested in learning about the program and the school’s individualized approach to education. California Connections Academy @ Ripon is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District and is open to students in grades K-12 who reside in Santa Clara County, among other areas.


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