College Now lets high schoolers grow


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High school senior Maya Ronen takes her courses at Foothill College through the College Now program.

For high school senior Maya Ronen, high school wasn’t really working. She was bouncing around from private school to private school, either not connecting with her peers or feeling like the social environments were actively “toxic.” Even though she liked her teachers at one school, it didn’t make up for the social scene. So she wanted to get out, but she still wanted to get her high school diploma.

Los Altos Hacks, an annual coding event for high school students, begins March 23


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The fourth annual Los Altos Hacks is in the works for March 23 and 24 in Sunnyvale. Last year’s event, above, drew 331 students.

The fourth annual Los Altos Hacks is set for March 23 and 24 in the Juniper Aspiration Dome, 1081 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale.

Organized by a team of Los Altos High School students, the hackathon offers an environment for high school coders of all levels – and from all schools – to pursue an idea for 24 hours under the guidance of workshops and mentors. Last year, it hosted 331 students. The experience is free for those accepted.

Santa Rita students talk climate change


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Miraslau Kavaliou shows his Google Site to one of the parents attending the Climate Change Expo Feb. 15

Our Earth will not have any rain forests in 100 years. According to National Geographic, if humans continue deforestation at today’s rate, our children will live in a world without rain forests.

Each year, the deforestation problem worsens. Deforestation is one of the main causes of climate change, a topic that Santa Rita School sixth-graders have been researching for more than a month now.

St. Francis student named finalist for 'Junior Nobel Prize'


Courtesy of the Karthik Family
Ananya Karthik was among 40 finalists out of nearly 2,000 applicants in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition for the “Junior Nobel Prize.” Karthik is scheduled to compete in Washington, D.C., this week.

A 2 percent finalist rate. Awards totaling $1.8 million. The opportunity to present original scientific research in front of a panel of leading scientists and members of the U.S. Congress.

These are all features of the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search, a competition in which St. Francis High School senior Ananya Karthik was recently named a finalist for what is known among scientists as the “Junior Nobel Prize.”

Schools Briefs: E-waste, eye glass collections and a search for STEM volunteers

Montclaire hosts e-waste drop-off site

Montclaire Elementary School is scheduled to host an electronic waste drop-off site 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 in the school’s front parking lot, 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos.

Eligible items include recyclable electronics, phones, wires, cables, TVs, laptops, desktop computers, CDs, DVDs, printers, monitors, metals, batteries, dishwashers, microwaves and lawn mowers (without gasoline).

Emergency powers: A ticking time bomb that's still necessary

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