Student becomes teacher at CENG

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Isabella Borkovic, kneeling at right, smiles with a fellow teacher and students in CENG Summer Academy’s coding class for first- through third-graders.

I’ve always wondered why anyone would ever choose to become a teacher. The endless paperwork, pushy parents and unruly children all made me think of teaching as an extremely unappealing job.

But after I had the opportunity to teach at the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) Summer Academy, my mindset toward teaching changed dramatically.

Racial profiling happens in the liberal Bay Area, too

I’d like to believe that everyone treats me the same as everyone else in this town, and that’s the case in most situations. People are usually friendly, generous and – most of all – respectful of who I am: a first-generation, Ethiopian-Eritrean, African-American.

Women in technology: Where are they?

In August 2017, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, was asked a question by her daughter after she read the news: “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”

She asked her mom that question because around that time, a controversial memo written by James Damore, a former software engineer at Google, was made public. According to an analysis by journalist Catherine Clifford, Damore argued in the memo that women are less represented in technology due to biological limitations. Assertions like this create an impetus to examine the lack of women at technology companies, especially in computer science roles, where female representation is only 25 percent, according to research by the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Money isn't happiness

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Allyson Levy, rising sophomore at Pinewood School, volunteered at a school in Ecuador this summer.

Here we are. The heart of Silicon Valley. A city run on money. We live in our $3 million houses and drive our Teslas. However, there is a question we have to ask ourselves: Does money make us happy?

This summer I traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on a mission trip. I volunteered at a school, St. Vincent de Paul, which is in a very rough part of town. The students have different backgrounds and home lives yet have one thing in common: School is a getaway, a safe place, a sanctuary. A sanctuary protected like a fortress, with tall concrete walls and barbed-wire fences. It looks dark on the outside, but on the inside, the walls are painted with an assortment of colors, and kids are running around with big smiles from ear to ear. I spent five days teaching kids how to make art. It was an amazing experience resulting in a major takeaway: how happy they are.

U.S. immigration needs evidence-based reform

I believe that immigration reform is the most contentious issue our nation will face in the next quarter-century because it cuts to the heart of deeply partisan identities and anxieties.

Teens win Youth Tech Day

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Team Latch and Patch demonstrates how to detect a puncture in a wheel and patch it.

The Los Altos Entrepreneurship Boot Camp provides students with the opportunity to feel like they are working on an MBA before even finishing high school.

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