Los Altos High in 3-D: Students create art, glasses and frames on high-tech printer

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Los Altos High School senior Attila Delingat dons a pair of glasses he printed on the school’s 3-D printer.

Los Altos High School senior Attila Delingat produced three eyeglass frames in the school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab. The first one was too small, the second one too big, but the third one fit perfectly.

“It took about 45 minutes to design the frame,” Delingat said. “Then it took about an hour to print the front part and half an hour to print the side parts.”

Springer's older students help younger ones in the school's second-year Mentor Program

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mentor Trevi Noel, above in green shirt, watches a younger child play “Gaga Ball” at Springer School. Mentor Nicola Barcelona, right, helps second-grader Nora Pearl complete a handstand.

During the lunch hour at Springer School, the playground is dotted with the eye-catching neon-green T-shirts on fifth- and sixth-graders who guide younger children through various activities.

One of the sixth-graders, Nicola Barcelona, helped second-grader Nora Pearl learn how to do a handstand.

Members of Bullis robotics team invent Greymobile to save water

Courtesy of Tim Herby
Yomibots team members present their invention, the Greymobile, a bike that delivers recycled water to lawns. Pictured are, from left, Chase Omura, Nikash Gupta, Alex Zaretzki, Gabriel Ancajas and Sean Herby.

Water is a big part of our life; we use 80-100 gallons per day. Think of it as 28,800-36,000 gallons per year. Bottom line is, we use a lot of water. Not to mention that we have had way below average rainfall at the end of 2017 and in the beginning of 2018.

Conserving this precious resource is paramount. Luckily, the Yomibots – a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League robotics team – has been working on ways to save it by using greywater.

Igniting challenge-based learning

Courtesy of Erik Zhang
Erik Zhang, third from left, attends his first hackathon last year with friends, from left, Anson Bridges, Jonathan Liu, Gage Rodriguez, Dean Tan and Nakul Shenoy.

Last year, as a freshman, my friends and I were in California Pizza Kitchen for a late lunch. We had just completed our first hackathon (DeveloperWeek, the biggest professional hackathon in the U.S.), an event where we worked on a project for 24 hours and competed for five finalist spots among hundreds of mostly professional developers. With minimal sleep the night before, we were exhausted, having just finished our pitch. We looked forward to returning to our beds at home.

While waiting for our pizzas, we got a call asking us to pitch as a top-five finalist. Confused, we told the caller that he had the wrong number and hung up. Minutes later, we received an email from DeveloperWeek asking us to return to the venue to pitch as a finalist.

Los Altos High launches inaugural intersession

Photos by Crystal Tai/Town Crier
Los Altos High students participate in a premed workshop during last week’s intersession, performing surgery on raw chicken.

A group of students performed surgery on poultry as part of Los Altos High School’s intersession, a series of workshops held last week.

The intersession ran Wednesday through Friday. It not only informed students of classes available at the school, but also went beyond the regular curriculum, including workshops that gave students hands-on experience in various fields – like medicine. Students in the premed workshop learned about surgery by incising and suturing a piece of raw chicken.

Student raises funds for no-kill shelter

Courtesy of Mckayla Kao
Bullis Charter School fifth-grader Mckayla Kao hopes to raise $1,000 for Pets In Need.

Mckayla Kao, a fifth-grader at Bullis Charter School, has a goal of raising $1,000 for the no-kill animal shelter Pets In Need in Redwood City.

A no-kill shelter doesn’t kill the animals it takes in unless they pose a threat to public health, Mckayla said.

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