Students Win For Super Science Searches

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Winners in the S3-Super Science Searches summer contest (Left to Right) Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti (First Place); Bev Lenihan, S3 project manager and Cupertino Library Foundation board member; Kiyati Sriram (Second Place); and Shiyalika Chayan (Third Place).

Plenty of middle school students spent big chunks of time this summer searching the Internet for entertainment and meeting new friends, but in the Cupertino area more than 200 students focused their searches on science using library online databases for the chance to win cash and prizes.

The Cupertino Library Foundation announced the winners of their second annual S3-Super Science Searches Summer Contest for Cupertino Union School District middle school students on Aug. 16, just before the launch of the new school year. First Place winners Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti, 8th graders at Cupertino Middle School, won iPad minis for their team entry. Niyati Sriram, an out-going 8th grader from Cupertino Middle School won $100 for her second place entry. Shivalika Chavan, an out-going 8th grader from Kennedy Middle School, was awarded $50 in third place. There were 206 registrants, and 63 official entrants. [Read more…]

Rural Chinese Children, Schools Prosper With Help From Bay Area Volunteers

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President Steve Ting and one of the students Shin Shin Educational Foundation is helping. Photo courtesy of the foundation.

“A group effort will bring prosperity,” goes the old Chinese saying. In the case of the Shin Shin Educational Foundation, a group effort by volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area is bringing educational prosperity to rural Chinese school children in the form of sturdy buildings, books, access to computers, and better-trained teachers.

It started in 1997 with a trip back to China for some elders who had settled in the U.S. Noting that schools in their home villages were in poor condition, they returned to their new country, determined to raise money to build new schools for the children of those villages.

Over the past 16 years that small group of elders has grown to hundreds of volunteers, and the Bay Area-based Shin Shin Educational Foundation (“Shin Shin” means “prosperity” in Mandarin) now helps more than 120,000 elementary school children and educators in 333 schools throughout rural provinces. [Read more…]