Nonprofit teaches tech skills, fights inequity


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Egan Junior High student volunteers refurbish old MacBooks at last week’s EqOpTech workshop.

Where some might have seen a pile of refuse, Terence Lee saw a treasure trove – and an opportunity to help others.

When Lee, a Los Altos High junior, learned that the Los Altos School District owned a collection of first- and second-generation MacBooks too old for the district to maintain, he started thinking.

Blach, Egan host inaugural STEM Career Day


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Egan Junior High students examine a robotic surgical tool during STEM Career Day.

The seventh- and eighth-graders passed around a vessel sealer, an imposing laparoscopic surgical implement, with trepidation at first.

“Is it on?” a student asked.

Los Altos High School honors the power of pen during Writers Week


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Author Kate Crane shares her story with students during Los Altos High’s Writers Week.

The Los Altos High School campus bustled last week as more than 30 writers ranging from poets to YouTube stars dropped in for the 32nd annual Writers Week.

Visiting writers circulated through the school to lecture, read from their work, lead writing exercises and answer questions. Many shared stories of their own early forays into the writing life, and illuminated the diverse forms that a career in writing can take.

Gardner Bullis celebrates student authors


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Gardner Bullis School second-grader Jackie Chow, left, and kindergartner Soraya Kermani review Soraya’s ABCs book during the school’s BookQuest.

Students at Gardner Bullis School became published authors and saw their finished products for the first time at the school’s inaugural BookQuest March 2.

After learning of Almond School’s similar BookWave event last year, Gardner Bullis parents Anna Kermani and Elaine Wang were inspired to launch a program at their school.

Mountain View High School students teach girls to code


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Samritha Nagesh, left, and Cathy Zhang, second from right, celebrate with graduates of CodeChic’s Scratch class – and one of their teachers – at Landels Elementary School in fall 2016.

Mountain View High School juniors Cathy Zhang and Samritha Nagesh are bringing computer science to local elementary schools with CodeChic.

The weekly afterschool program teaches young girls in Mountain View to code using programming languages such as Scratch and Python.

LAHS students teach coding to elementary students


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Los Altos High junior Anyka Chan, center, helps fifth-graders at Santa Rita School during a Computer Engineers of the Next Generation after-school class last week. The organization, run by Los Altos High students, provides free computer science courses in local schools.

With the goal to offer free computer science courses to kids at a young age, a group of Los Altos High School students launched Computer Engineers of the Next Generation.

The group of nine students offers the after-school classes to local fifth-graders with the aim of creating a diverse workforce of computer engineers for the next generation.


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