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BCS continues county outreach



Teachers become the students again with Bullis Charter School’s STEAM Project-Based Learning practicum. Courtesy of Bullis Charter School

After a successful first year, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Bullis Charter School kicked off the second Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Integrated Project-Based Learning practicum for educators last week.

The inaugural practicum drew participation from more than 40 educators in Santa Clara County schools, exceeding expectations. The demand for the project led to an expansion with this year’s workshops, seminars and symposium.

Foothill's Physics Show spreads science enthusiasm


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Professor David Marasco, Foothill College physics instructor, demonstrates physics in action as he breaks a cinder block on top of fellow physics professor Frank Cascarano at The Physics Show last week.

After the lights dimmed in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College campus last week, approximately 950 third- and fourth-graders screamed with excitement as a fluorescent sign flickered “The Physics Show.”

The students, from schools with a high concentration of low-income families, were invited to campus to see The Physics Show, take a campus tour and have lunch.

Foothill College stages Physics Show this month


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The Foothill College Physics Show features science experiments that highlight real-life physics applications, above. The shows, scheduled Saturday and Sunday, are designed to engage all ages.

The Foothill College Physics Show, a family-friendly display of science experiments, is scheduled 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Foothill’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The 75-minute live performances introduce scientific concepts such as light, sound, resonance and pressure to elementary and middle school students and their families.

Pinewood School completes expansion, renovation project


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Pinewood School students play on the expanded artificial turf at its middle campus, above. Acquiring an adjacent lot enabled the school to increase classroom space and enrichment and play spaces.

The Pinewood School community last week celebrated the completion of the school’s expansion and renovation project.

What I learned from watching the Rio Olympics

The Summer Olympics takes place every four years and is a worldwide event. Families sit together huddled on their couches and watch, awed, as the best of the best compete on one of the biggest platforms in the world.

Loyola School recognized for digital citizenship


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Los Altos Police Officer Ryan Langone shares tips for navigating the internet safely with students at Loyola School. Loyola recently received recognition for promoting digital citizenship.

Common Sense Education, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, recently recognized Loyola School as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Loyola is the first elementary school in the Los Altos School District to receive the certification.

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