Schools Briefs March 8 2017

Foothill talk focuses on search for life

UC Berkeley scientist Dan Werthimer is scheduled to discuss “Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars? The Hundred-Million-Dollar Breakthrough Listen Project” 7 p.m. March 15 at Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, the illustrated, nontechnical presentation will cover the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe. Werthimer will address whether researchers can detect radio, infrared or light signals from alien civilizations and whether current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100 million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project, may provide an answer.

Werthimer will describe plans for future searches and reveal how new technologies are revolutionizing the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. He will also highlight the SETI@home project, which analyzes data from the world’s largest radio telescope using desktop computers and cellphones from millions of volunteers, forming one of Earth’s most powerful supercomputers.

Werthimer is chief scientist at the Berkeley SETI Research Center, overseeing SETI@home, the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project and several other SETI programs.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the SETI Institute, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, NASA Ames Research Center and the Foothill College astronomy program. Past lectures in the series can be viewed on YouTube at

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Arrive early to locate parking. Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide access to the theater. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept credit/debit cards and $1 bills.

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Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach the students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies. The program now also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman and Palo Alto Unified school districts.

Training is available to acquaint docents with the lesson content. All materials are provided and no teaching experience is required. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

A training session in Palo Alto is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Monday in the Palo Alto Unified School District Science Resource Center, 445 E. Charleston Road. Trainings in Los Altos are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon March 20 and March 27 in the Los Altos School District iLearn Studio, 201 Covington Road.

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Loyola K-Kids launch eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, is collecting eyeglasses for its annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. Students hope to collect more than 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses during this year’s campaign.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses each year with help from the public and local storeowners, who offer space for collection buckets.

The glasses are sent to Direct Relief International in Goleta, where they are repaired, prescriptions identified and distributed to those who need them in the U.S. and around the world.

Los Altos collection boxes are located at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave.; Heritage Bank of Commerce, 419 S. San Antonio Road; Ciana Salon, 227 Plaza Central; Eye Lite Optical, 286 Main St.; Meyer’s Learning Center, 365 First St. Unit D; and the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main St. Mountain View collection boxes are available at Eye City Optometry, 1350 Grant Road No. 17; Alan Clark Optometry, 644 San Antonio Road; YMCA, 2400 Grant. Rd and Wells Fargo Bank, 809 Cuesta Drive.

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