— Students build solar suitcases to power a school in Africa

Sixth-grade students are building Solar Suitcases to power a partner school in Kenya, Africa.

We Share Solar is an education program in Berkeley that links science and technology with international philanthropy and service. Through building the Solar Suitcase (a 12-volt DC stand-along solar system that can power lights, cell phones, and small electronic devices) students learn how solar electricity works.

After they’ve built the suitcases, students will write letters to the students in Kenya and deploy the solar units for immediate use.

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— Students explore new areas of science

Sea Crest expands science fair categories. Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on Wednesday, January 17th. By Sarah Griego Guz.

The science fair is a rite of passage for many middle school students. Many adults remember sweating out the details the night before the big day in a final attempt to consolidate months of work on a tri-fold display board.

Sea Crest School has folded this event into an open house and schoolwide science festival that is suitable for all ages.

The hands-on happening offers innovative science experiences such as a banana keyboard made courtesy of Makey Makey. The electronic invention connects everyday objects to computer programs.

The standard science fair challenge is great for students who are wired to conduct experiments and are interested in specific topics, but others view the science fair with apprehension because they can’t find a question that interests them. Sea Crest Middle School science teacher Matthew Twining decided to modify the assignment.

“Traditional science fair projects appeal to a subset of the students,” said Twining. “There are students who are interested in engineering or environmental topics. I wanted to give everybody a chance to do something more closely aligned with their interests and aptitudes.”

Taking a page from Pasadena schools’ successful Innovation Exposition, Twining added categories for Invention, Environmental Innovation, Reverse Engineering, and Science Fiction.

Seventh-grader Chase Urban has been working on a project in the Reverse Engineering category.

“I couldn’t find a project or a question that I wanted to answer,” said Urban. “I like taking things apart. I liked the idea of taking the digital camera apart and mapping it all out and figuring out how it worked.”

 

— Art teacher got his second comic book published

Congratulations to our wonderful, creative and passionate Art Teacher, Khalid Birdsong, on the publication of his new comic book: Livin’ In Japan Still Ain’t Easy

The second collection of his Fried Chicken and Sushi webcomic about his experiences teaching English in Japan. If you’re interested in taking a look or know someone who likes Japanese culture, here are links to his work:

Book 1: Livin’ In Japan Ain’t Easy
Book 2: Livin’ In Japan Still Ain’t Easy
Comic Strip Syndicated Online: Little Fried Chicken and Sushi
His own original website: friedchickenandsushi.com
Interview with buyindiecomics.com

 

— A parent’s perspective for choosing Sea Crest

There are many reasons to choose Kindergarten at Sea Crest.
For more information: seacrestschool.org/admission.

 

— Students recognized for academic achievement

Students receive academic honors. By Sarah Griego Guz. Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on December 26th, 2017.

The end of the year is often a time for students to reflect on academic achievements. For some, the milestone marks overcoming adversity; for others, it is just one more achievement to add to their pile of accomplishments.

Six students from Half Moon Bay High School were awarded a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Siena Hinshelwood, Tatiana Ediger, Grace Carpenter, Tamlyn Schafer, Andrew Pantera and Tristan Madayag were recognized for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test in 2017.

Sea Crest Middle School recognized their sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in a special award ceremony on Dec 15. Earning a place on the Crest Roll with a GPA of 3.9 or above were: Olivia Cevasco, Peyton Daley, Billy Ou, Maisie Eliashof, Ryan Marquess, Renee Casentini, Beech Basler, Ryan Rose Grout, Helen Campbell, Sydney Franklin, Alexander Koron, Mia Etheridge, Nora Flynn, Kaylani Guevara, Kay Hildebrand, Lara Keshav, Sophie Slusher, Geoffrey Guz, Isabella Murphy, Jasmine Standez, Lucas Velyvis, Ya-Hsin Dittrich-Tilton, Naomi Popple, Ashlyn Cuvelier, Cade Ford, Michael Lieu, Basel Conroy, Jocelyn Hildebrand. Receiving a place on the school honor roll were Kate Reeve, Thomas Sukkestad, Chase Urban, Kaiya Hanepen, Carla Roberts, Jordan Grisim, Emma Sandel, Harry Marquess, Jess Kammeyer, Marina Pokorny, Thomas Cevasco, Sean Andrasick, Conor O’Quigley, and India Polacek.

Dozens of high-achieving students at Cunha Intermediate School were also honored for their academic work this month.

 

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