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Tuition-free coding school opens in Fremont

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is an unlikely inspiration for naming a multi-million dollar high tech university, but 42 is familiar to those who are fans of this quirky science fiction series. Its the puzzling response provided by an all-knowing computer. Equally out-of-the-ordinary is this completely free computer coding school, located just miles from the tech giants of Silicon Valley, and oddly, a pleasant stroll from Ardenwood Farm.

The unconventional school currently under reconstruction announced its presence in Fremont on May 17, and almost immediately began accepting candidates who applied via the websites logic qualifying challenge. After the current selection process concludes in August, successful students who are invited to attend will begin the university program. Unlike other colleges, there will be no general education courses or mainstream computer science classes. Students dive immediately into the world of coding.

Computer coding, the language of speaking with computers, is all this school teaches, and 18 to 30-year-olds are the only people theyll accept, after they complete a challenging immersion in the schools intensive four-week qualifying process the school calls a piscine Ð or swimming pool.

Ancient cutting edge technology taught at Knap-In

With a deft flick of the wrist, an experienced flintknapper can chip off a stone blade so sharp you can shave with it. Saturday, August 27, stone tool expert Ken Peek will lead the annual Coyote Hills Regional Park Knap-In where students can get an introduction to the ancient technology of flintknapping (a term that applies to any rock, not just flint). Students may not start out making razors, but they will learn the basics of a skill with a legacy more than two million years old.

The parks Knap-In has been going on since 1993. According to park naturalist Kristina Parkison, It originally came about to complement the annual Gathering of the Ohlone, which takes place at Coyote Hills every October. Every year the Knap-In draws about a dozen students and hundreds of spectators as Peek leads the class. Peek, a retired Alameda County agricultural biologist, has been knapping for about 25 years. I was interested in rocks as a teenager. My grandfather collected rocks, and I learned to do lapidary work, polishing stones and such. Peek learned his skills from various teachers over the years including the Miwok Archaeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM).

Today, flintknapping is mostly considered a craft, even an art in the hands of a few experts, but for ancient peoples, such as the native Ohlone and other California tribes, stone implements were essential survival tools. Archaeologists working around the Bay Area have uncovered arrowheads, knives, and scrapers used for preparing hides.

New Visions: Allied Artists West

Olive Hyde Art Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibit, New Visions by Allied Artists West. The exhibition will be on display from August 26 through September 24 with an Artists Reception on Friday, August 26.

Allied Artists West (AAW) is a select group of professional artists from Santa Clara County. Currently, there are 24 members in the group. To become a member, one has to undergo a rigorous selection process, requiring nomination by a current member followed by a presentation of past work to the entire group, who then vote to accept or decline the membership.

Each member of AAW is widely recognized for their exceptional work, having received numerous awards, juried art competitions, or been published. Many of the members teach art and are often requested to demonstrate painting techniques to various art organizations.

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