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Teens and seniors bridge the tech gap



Daniel Hong, a sophomore at Mountain View High, helps a local senior master a technology problem. Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier

Local high schoolers and seniors shared their knowledge last week at an Intergenerational Tech Tutors workshop offered through the Los Altos Senior Program at Hillview Community Center. Teen volunteers from both Los Altos and Mountain View High schools developed the four-week workshop’s curriculum and walked seniors through learning new technical skills, from performing a web search to navigating the wilds of social media.

“You don’t think about it because it seems so natural, but it’s really jargon-heavy,” said city recreation specialist Brandon Council. “(You might say), ‘Go to the search bar,’ but what’s a search bar?”

Let's get quizzical: Homestead team goes national


Colin McNamara/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School’s Quizbowl team placed 15th at the National Scholastic Championship, held last month in Chicago. Pictured, from left, are team members Brandon Herren, William Scott, Alistair Gray and Wade Wong.

Competing against nearly 100 schools, Homestead High School’s Quizbowl team placed 15th at the National Scholastic Championship, held June 10 and 11 in Chicago.

Homestead’s A team comprised Los Altos residents Brandon Herren and William Scott, along with Alistair Gray and Wade Wong. Herren and Scott graduated last month; Gray and Wong are entering their senior years.

Astro superstar explores strange new worlds: Local prof voyages to realm of science fiction


Fraknoi

Foothill College astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi retired June 30 after 25 years on campus, prompting tributes from students and colleagues who recognized not only his teaching at Foothill, but his role as a public intellectual in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Foothill offers free college to first-generation students

A program launching this summer at Foothill College aims to put underrepresented students through their first two years of college at no cost while they are still in high school.

St. Francis student wins honors for Zika research


Courtesy of Mythri Ambatipudi
St, Francis High School student Mythri Ambatipudi presents her award-winning research on the Zika virus at an international competition in Los Angeles.

If the phrase “youth science fair” conjures in your mind images of baking soda volcanoes, eggs soaking in Coca-Cola and wobbly Rube Goldberg machines, it’s time to reset your expectations.

Mythri Ambatipudi, a rising senior at St. Francis High School, won a slate of awards this spring for her research on the devastating effects of the Zika virus. Ambatipudi took home the Best in Championship grand prize from the Synopsys Santa Clara County science fair, won second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, placed at the California State Science Fair and was named an Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius by the California Life Sciences Institute.

Noteworthies

James Brewer of Los Altos graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration. He made the school’s spring semester dean’s list.


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