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3-D printing brings science with a vision to local schools


Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier
Young campers at Olimpico Learning’s summer STEAM program show off their new eyeglass frames, hot off the three-dimensional presses.

As a large 3-D printer hummed away in the background, crafting name tags for an array of visitors from local schools and tech companies, the kids’ brainstorming was fast and furious: We could 3-D print a new fin for an injured dolphin! A shell for a turtle! A prosthetic leg for a puppy! A horn for a narwhal!

Thoughts roaming further, they considered how to help humans: a hand with articulated fingers; a cast for a broken arm; custom-fitted shoes that mold perfectly to the wearer’s feet.

Student Voices: A history of walls and their worth

The idea of a wall is not a new concept. From the earliest known civilizations all the way to the 21st century, walls are a seemingly easy idea to keep away enemies.

Let's talk about the hijab

When people hear that I’m Muslim, one of the first things they ask about is the hijab. Why do I not wear one? What exactly is the deal with the hijab, anyway?

Unfortunately, the lack of understanding around the subject of the hijab leads people to make false or stereotyped claims about what Islam requires and stands for. Even the most well-intentioned people tend to have misconceptions, because of the misinformation spread about Islam in the public arena.

Silicon Valley culture leads to stress in teens and adults

Many articles have been written about the state of mental illness in Silicon Valley. I’ve read my fair share of tirades by concerned adults, such as the famous Atlantic magazine article “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”

Despite these articles, awareness campaigns, speeches, discussions and forums by both teens and parents, no action of consequence is actually taking place. Well-intentioned initiatives such as mental health groups at schools, websites and apps such as Teenztalk.org, created by Silicon Valley teens, are not enough to counteract the mental health epidemic.

Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp settles into stability


Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier
Pulses race and hearts thump in a science class at last week’s Bullis Boosters summer camp, as campers learn to take their own vital signs.

It takes a village to put on the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp.

Co-founded five years ago by a group of Bullis Charter School parents to battle “summer slide” in kids’ academic prowess, the camp has grown through collaboration as it pursues a permanent and sustainable future.

Let's promote active citizenship by lowering voting age to 16

 

Voting has always felt like a part of my life, even though I cannot yet vote. For as long as I can remember, I have accompanied my parents to polling places each November and marveled at the array of people gathered there. It was a tangible reminder of the importance of active citizenship.


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