Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.
Nueva Students Inspire Community Towards Climate Action
On Sunday, October 24, in celebration of International Climate Action Day, several Nueva students presented at an event organized by Nueva freshman Charlotte R., entitled Teen Innovators for Climate Action. The goal of the event, which was held at Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough, was to inspire more youth climate action throughout San Mateo County.
Nueva’s slate of presenters included:
- Amrutha R. ’24 who is leading the Engineering Against Global Warming Club.
- Kayla L. ’26 who was the winner of the CEC Film Festival for her climate action film.
- Daniel R. ’23 who is currently converting a gas-powered Jeep to all-electric.
“The moment the presentations ended, I had people coming up to me of all ages—ecstatic parents with questions and young kids bursting with ideas and excitement,” Charlotte shared. “It filled my heart to see how the talk had succeeded in sparking inspiration in the young generation of my community—which was the ultimate goal of the event.”
Reflecting on what is next, Charlotte said, “I would like to continue to help people discover the changemaker within themselves, because in the end, stopping climate change is a team effort and every single person on our planet needs to take some sort of action.”
I-Lab Director, Angi Chau Among Authors of Updated Version of Classic Tech Book
Fifty years ago, Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon published a paper called “Twenty Things to Do with a Computer,” which described a profound vision for computer science and technology education.
In November 2021, Nueva I-Lab Director Angi Chau was among the authors of a new book celebrating the landmark paper, Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50: Future Visions of Education Inspired by Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon’s Seminal Work.
“At the time, the vision Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon set forth seemed almost impossible to achieve because the technology simply wasn’t pervasive and accessible enough to support their groundbreaking ideas about why children should learn to be creative with technology,” Angi explained.
Angi considers the new book both a celebration of the incredible and “ahead-of-its-time" vision that Papert and Solomon set forth and an opportunity to bring their work back in the foreground, “now that the tools are available to truly engage all children to create with technology,” she said
Given how busy and unpredictable the past year has been, Angi knew that if she was going to participate in the book, she would have to be creative about her time and the approach she took to her contribution.
“I took a step back and thought about it as a design problem—what are my constraints and would I be able to create something I can be proud of given those constraints?” Angi shared. “In the end, I had so much fun writing ‘Twenty (Poetic) Things to Do With A Computer,’ a piece written in haiku format that both celebrates Papert and Solomon’s paper and provides readers with a glimpse into the types of projects I like to do in my classes here at Nueva.”
Fourth Grader Ryder L. Finishes Second in 2021 Nick Faldo Hurricane Golf Series
This summer, fourth grader Ryder L. began his journey in the inaugural Nick Faldo Hurricane Golf Series, one of the premiere junior golf tournament series.
Competing in the Boys U10 division, he placed third at the California Sectional, qualifying for the West Regional, where he yet again placed third and qualified for the Grand Final. The Grand Final took place over two days (Oct. 18–19) at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and featured 134 elite junior golfers ranging from 8 to 18 years old. Ryder shot an impressive one-over 73 in his first round, and followed up that performance with a two-over 74 in his second round, shooting an overall 147 to finish in second place. The Grand Final was broadcast on CBS Sports on December 1.
“It was an incredible and fun experience for Ryder,” said his dad Henry Lin. “He met Nick Faldo and played alongside the most competitive 9- and 10-year-old boys. What an amazing time!”
Congratulations to Ryder on his successful performance!