MVHS launches first-ever 'STEM Day'


Taking cues from Los Altos High School, which annually holds a Science and Technology Week, Mountain View High School has announced its first ever STEM Day, scheduled for April 30.

STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering and math" -- all crucial subjects of study in the modern economy and especially in Silicon Valley, according to Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District.

"STEM is one of our focus areas over the next six years," Groves said, referring to the entire district.

MVLA schools are focusing on STEM education for a number of reasons he said. Not only are there a growing number of career opportunities for scientists, engineers and mathematicians, he explained, but jobs in STEM fields are exciting and potentially world-changing.

In October, Los Altos High School marked its seventh annual Science and Technology Week -- held each year to both educate and inspire students by bringing speakers and real-world applications of technology to the school with which the teens can interact. Groves said that many parents and teachers from his district attended the Los Altos event and were inspired to launch something similar at their school.

Even though MVHS is only having a STEM day, the spirit of the event is the same as LAHS' week (which also began as a single-day event).

Science and technology professionals -- from the SETI Institute, Stanford and Google will be giving lectures on topics such as "Looking for ET," "Mathematics gives you wings," and "Engineering luck."

"It really creates a link between what they're doing in a classroom and what they would do as a career or in the real world," Groves said, adding he is "ecstatic" to see the launch of Mountain View's STEM Day.

It's a smaller version of LAHS' week-long science- and tech-oriented event. And that is purposeful, Groves said. Those spearheading the effort at Mountain View said they wanted to start slow, but that they may very well grow the event down the road.


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Posted by MVLA Parent
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Last time I checked Los Altos High School is too part of Grove's district. He is the superintendent of both Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools. It's about time MVHS takes a page from LAHS. They could do the same with the writers's week, as well.

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Posted by argiebarge
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

STEM Day - April 30th
NO STEM Day - April 20th

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I'm very upset about this. Science is against God. HE did not intend for us to pursue it, and we should not be brainwashing our children like this.

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Posted by Funny
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

All of these comments are so funny! I wish I understood any of them completely.

But I laughed when I read each of them, so I guess they were intended to be funny.

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Maybe they should teach our kids to read and write before moving on to science and technology. If things keep up like this, my niece will have no choice but to move to Sunnyvale and become a pole dancer when she graduates.

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Posted by Laura Ross
a resident of Castro City
on May 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I'm a bit confused. What does STEM stand for? Does it have to do with organics? If so, I'm all for it.

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Posted by Trent
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Good move by MVHS. I hope they extend it for a week. STEM education should be incorporated into the curriculum at all Silicon Valley Schools.

By the way, aside from the first comment, the rest of the comments are really stupid. Are these adults? I doubt any of them even attended high school at all. One could not even read the article.

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