Students win national Botball tournament

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A local team of high schoolers celebrate their national Botball robotics tournament win.

In a typical year, several robotics teams from the Los Altos community compete in national and international Botball tournaments. This year, however, only one local team of high school students took on the national challenge – and it won.

Library teen events open the mic and aim to lower stress

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Local libraries offer teens a way to earn volunteer hours by creating video explainers for their online help library.

At a coffeehouse-style open mic night for teens last month, the performers appeared to one another as tiles and the audience was invisible but present, an idea of neighbors at their screens around the region.

Assistance League helps local college students with living expenses

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Three dental hygiene students pose on Foothill College’s campus. The Assistance League of Los Altos donated $10,000 to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation to support low-income students.

The Assistance League of Los Altos recently donated $10,000 to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation to help low-income students in Santa Clara County.

A piece of the PiE: MVHS grad part of nonprofit aimed at helping teens

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Students take part in a fall 2019 robotics competition with Pioneers in Engineering (PiE), a nonprofit that offers STEM-focused mentorship and education to Bay Area high-schoolers.

Living in Silicon Valley, it may be difficult to imagine not having access to computers, coding and robotics. However, that is the reality for many high schoolers in the Bay Area – one that a UC Berkeley-based nonprofit with a local high school graduate on its board aims to change.

Graham students recognized by C-SPAN for documentaries

Graham Middle School students Aria Rani Sindledecker and Anika Raman recently received recognition from C-SPAN for their submissions to its StudentCam competition, which invites middle and high schoolers throughout the nation to enter a short documentary.

“I wasn’t really expecting anything, so when I found out, it was a little unbelievable,” said Aria, a seventh-grader from Mountain View.

Blach student raises funds for charity

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Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader Devansh Malik has raised funds to help those in need.

For one local middle school student, helping others has taught him valuable lessons about volunteerism and appreciating what you have.

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