LAHS robotics team wins regionals, advances

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Members of Team 114 Eagle Strike from Los Altos High, above, celebrate after winning last month’s Ventura Regional FIRST robotics competition. The team, below, wheels its student-built robot into the competition area.

Los Altos High School’s robotics team, Team 114 Eagle Strike, celebrated a first-place finish at the Ventura Regional FIRST robotics competition last month and will advance to the national championships in Houston, scheduled April 19-22.

The Los Altos High competitors pitted their student-built robot against 42 other high school teams from across the globe in the steampunk-themed challenge. The nearly 120-pound robot, which took them six weeks to build, program and test, crossed obstacles, climbed a rope and catapulted balls across the competition pit to win.

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.

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