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Local Harker School students test engineering chops at national competition


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Harker School’s nationally competitive engineering team prepares at home for the TEAMS event in Orlando.

Los Altos Hills teen Jackie Yang captained an engineering team all the way to Orlando, Fla., last month for the national TEAMS competition, challenging students’ prowess in tests of engineering aptitude, mathematics and science.

Downtown Los Altos family mixer promotes lifelong friendship


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Los Altos kids who met through the Cradle to Covington group  bond during a beach outing in Carme.

The community organization Los Altos Friends for Life has scheduled a social mixer Aug. 6 on the Downtown Green, aiming to help local families break out of their usual routines and meet new friends.

Local teachers attend coding bootcamp


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Elise Kuypers, front left, a STEM teacher at Oak Avenue School, and Alison Mort, a sixth-grade teacher at Springer School, power through a coding challenge at Foothill College’s Computer Science Crash Course for educators last month.

Far from the carefree poolside summer break one might imagine for teachers, local educators this month signed up in droves for Foothill College’s intensive Computer Science Crash Course. The workshop, offered at the Krause Center for Innovation, filled both the June and July sessions within days and overflowed to a waitlist.

Funded by a CS4HS award from Google Inc. supporting the teaching of computer science in high school, the four-day bootcamp bolstered teachers’ own coding skills while focusing on how to implement computer science content in the classroom.

Hooked on books: Teen tutors boost children's literacy


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Gialon Kasha, right, a Los Altos High junior and member of the Teen Tutors club, dives into the joy of reading with Mustafa Kadiroglu at the Los Altos main library.

A service project launched by a Los Altos High School student has grown bigger than any one student this summer, as high schoolers from across the district come together to help elementary-age students discover the joy of reading.

Los Altos High’s Teen Tutors club, founded by rising senior Javin Pombra, has brought its school-year mission to the Los Altos Library with the Read To Me initiative, founded by senior Jodie Bhattacharya, with local teens providing summer reading practice to kids from across the district, from kindergartners to second-graders.

Let's get quizzical: Homestead team goes national


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Homestead High School’s Quizbowl team placed 15th at the National Scholastic Championship, held last month in Chicago. Pictured, from left, are team members Brandon Herren, William Scott, Alistair Gray and Wade Wong.

Competing against nearly 100 schools, Homestead High School’s Quizbowl team placed 15th at the National Scholastic Championship, held June 10 and 11 in Chicago.

Homestead’s A team comprised Los Altos residents Brandon Herren and William Scott, along with Alistair Gray and Wade Wong. Herren and Scott graduated last month; Gray and Wong are entering their senior years.

Astro superstar explores strange new worlds: Local prof voyages to realm of science fiction


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Foothill College astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi retired June 30 after 25 years on campus, prompting tributes from students and colleagues who recognized not only his teaching at Foothill, but his role as a public intellectual in Silicon Valley and beyond.


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