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Hausner Students Win Grand Prize at Synopsys
Science & Technology Championship Event
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Students Learn to Solve Real World Problems
Palo Alto, CA, April 27, 2017Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School students took home many accolades at this year’s Synopsys Science & Technology Championships awards ceremony this month. Additionally, Hausner science teacher, Liat Baranoff, received a Grand Prize Teacher Award and Certificate of Achievement from the Association for Computing Machinery, San Francisco Bay Area Professional Chapter!
Ten students who entered the competition came away with Grand Prize placement, several cash prizes, and an A1 Foster Award for Excellence! One 7th grade pair earned a Grand Prize placement, the largest award Hausner has received to date, for their “creation of a system that will free a dog during a fire.” Another received a BBC Microbit development kit for their automatic dry dog food dispenser. One student received a cash prize, plus the Bob Zeidman Award, for his Voice Swap project. A trio received cash awards and letters of recognition for their apple preservation project under teacher Megan Babat’s advisement. Lastly, a pair of students receive the Al Foster Award for excellence and creativity in their team project, a motorized egg cracker, under teacher Genevieve Greene.
Assistant Head of School for Academics, Carol Piraino, Ed.D. notes, “Hausner had an impressive 18 projects accepted this year, many more than most public and independent middle schools in the area. I continue to be impressed and amazed by how much they have learned, and I have no doubt that they will be leaders of science and innovation in the future.”

Hausner School Kindergarteners Build a City of Peace

Students Learn Through Hands-on Construction Following Their Study of MLK
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Palo Alto, CA, Feb. 9, 2017 – On Wednesday, January 25 students from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School welcomed Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney into their classroom to discuss what it means to have a peaceful city and how they can work from this model once they are grown. Last week, architect Randy Popp, AIA spoke with the students about how to design buildings, and on Friday, Feb. 3, Karen Alter spoke to the class about electric cars, car design and public transit. Following their study of Ezra Jack Keats and Martin Luther King, Jr., along with the input from their distinguished visitors, Hausner kindergartners worked on designing and building their own peaceful city, which they call Ir Shalom, or City of Peace.
David Zimand, Head of School welcomed parents to Ir Shalom at today’s ribbon cutting ceremony and noted, “Being crowded together as we wait to cut the ribbon for Ir Shalom gives us a nice reminder of what our tradition teaches us: that in peaceful places, we have room for everyone, even when we feel crowded.” The children and parents together explored the cardboard city, which included roadways, traffic signs, grocery stores, apartment buildings and more – all following standard city guidelines.
Students apply math, design, and creative skills to construct buildings, vehicles and city signs. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) model allows students to develop practical life skills through investigation, research and decision-making.
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