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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.

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.

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.

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.

Local students see music potential in joint performance with older peers


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Los Altos School District music teacher John Beeman, above, conducts a group of sixth- and seventh-graders performing “Malala’s Message,” a piece he composed for the “Strictly Strings” concert Feb. 16.

Los Altos School District elementary, junior high and high school students recently joined forces for the annual “Strictly Strings” concert, which offered the opportunity to envision their progress if they stick with their music instruction.

“‘Strictly Strings’ has been a big deal for about 20 years,” said John Beeman, music teacher for Los Altos School District schools. “It has made a huge difference. The elementary and junior high students get to see what they have to look forward to.”


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