Y Full STEAM Ahead inspires teens

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Mountain View High senior Ashwin Hingwe, left, works with Y Full STEAM Ahead participants.

Despite an abundance of cutting-edge technology a stone’s throw away, many Silicon Valley youth from low-income families have limited exposure to the inner workings of high-tech companies.

Underserved students may lack access to technology learning experiences and exposure to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career opportunities. The absence of technology in the lives of underprivileged youth can hinder their exploration of their true potential.

Retired math teachers establish scholarships for future educators

Once Jim and Louise Dunaway retired from teaching math in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the couple knew they wanted to help others get into the profession they love.

Four years ago, they began contacting their alma maters about establishing scholarships for students pursuing careers in math education. The first round of scholarships in the Dunaways’ name were awarded in 2017 to Fresno State (where Jim earned his undergraduate degree), San Jose State (where he earned his teaching credential) and the University of Mount Union (where Louise earned her undergraduate degree).

Krause Center sponsors tech training for women

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Clelia Villalta is studying computer science at Foothill College and works in the Krause Center for Innovation’s makerspace on the side. She said her favorite machine is the Carvey, which carves 3-D shapes based on a computer program.

Women will flood Foothill College’s Krause Center for Innovation this month for the center’s first makerspace coordinator certification program.

A makerspace is a place to make something new, a place to be an inventor. But the center’s Innovator in Residence Lisa DeLapo noticed that the people running makerspaces usually all look the same.

LASD's new camp aims to improve reading skills for kids who fell behind during the school year

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Teacher Vanessa Jordan works with two students on reading instruction. The Los Altos School District’s new Challenger Camp aims to reduce the summer slide.

The Los Altos School District’s new Challenger Camp comes to a close this week, and the eight-week program to help children improve their reading skills has been a success.

High schoolers at LA History Museum celebrate Briones

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Volunteer John Grafton, left, hacks dried grass with a machete as Perlita Dicochea, co-curator of the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming Juana Briones exhibition, watches.

Adobe-brick making, medicinal-herb planting, archival research and videography were all tools of the trade for the 22 high schoolers who created exhibits for the Los Altos History Museum.

The museum this month hosted a two-week workshop during which the students, including several from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, learned about Juana Briones and developed displays that tell the story of her life. Their work will be featured in the exhibition “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” scheduled to open Oct. 18 and run through April 20.

Foothill students search for affordable housing for their peers

Foothill College students are taking the housing crisis into their own hands.

Eoin O’Farrell, a student at Foothill, helped start Bay Area Students for Affordable Housing because he saw firsthand the desperate need for housing. The group’s mission is twofold: advocate for housing resources and connect homeless students with housing.

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