Entrepreneur and investor Ali Partovi is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for Los Altos High School’s 12th annual Science & Technology Week 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.
Partovi, CEO of Neo and co-founder of Code.org, which sponsors the Hour of Code, has invested in some of high-tech’s most revolutionary companies, including Airbnb, Facebook, Uber and Zappos. His presentation will address computer science as a foundational field and discuss the merits of offering it in the mainstream curriculum of U.S. schools.
“Computer science is about much more than simply learning how to code,” Partovi said. “It gives all students an indispensable foundation for other pursuits.”
Los Altos High Principal Wynne Satterwhite said the school is “excited to have an industry luminary” as keynote speaker for Science & Technology Week.
“Mr. Partovi has already had a major impact on students through Code.org and the Hour of Code,” she said, adding that the connections drawn by Partovi and other scheduled speakers between a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and a diverse set of fulfilling careers helps students visualize the future and the change agents they can become.
During Science & Technology Week, scheduled Monday through Oct. 18, speakers from more than 30 industries and academia will share their experiences with 2,000 Los Altos High students. Speakers will discuss how math and science helped them realize their dreams. Topics will include artificial intelligence, gene editing, ecology, automated driving and the engineering behind the Burning Man effigy from the Burning Man festival.
“I applaud Los Altos High School and programs like STEM Week that spark students’ interests in this area, and I hope more schools will make CS a standard part of their curriculum starting in kindergarten,” Partovi said.
Admission to Partovi’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit lahsstemweek.com.