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.

MV's wellness week promotes stress relief


Photos Courtesy of Laura Norris
Students at Mountain View High School make bubbles to relieve stress before finals last month.

The Spartans PAUSE program at Mountain View High School features a week of activities aimed at helping students de-stress before finals. Before the recent holiday break, the school promoted a different theme each day of the biannual wellness week.

During the week, parent volunteers arrived on campus early each morning to greet students and pass out nutritious snacks as they headed to class. At lunch, students participated in a variety of stress-relieving activities.

Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade


Photo by Jim Zumsteg/ Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High’s marching band performs at the Rose Parade Jan. 1.

The 216 members of the Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band had a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call for the Jan. 1 Rose Parade, but they were up even earlier. They had to evacuate their Pasadena hotel three times for false fire alarms the night before.

The sleep-deprived band members were too excited to feel tired as they departed at 6:15 a.m. for the staging areas of the parade, according to Connor Chow, a freshman who is part of the drum line.


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