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Our instructors are award-winners in prestigious competitions such as the National Science Bowl, NorCal State Science Olympiad, Synopsys Science Fair, and the California State Science Fair. Instructors also include national semifinalists of the USA Physics Olympiad, Biology Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad, and Astronomy Olympiad.

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SELENA YANG

Instructor

Selena Yang, a rising senior at Lynbrook High School, is interested in all things STEM, especially biology. She is a member of the Science Bowl team since middle school, winning 5th place at middle school national and 9th place at high school national. She also led her team to win 2nd place at the National Biology Bowl. Additionally, Selena participated in multiple Science Olympiad events, including Cell Biology, Heredity and Disease Detectives. She's consistently medaled for her events, including California's state finals.

 

Outside of school, Selena also participates in many STEM competitions. She has been recognized as a USABO Finalist. She's also qualified for the AIME and USACO Silver Division.

 

Besides STEM, Selena plays the piano, where she has won numerous awards at various regional, national, and international competitions for many years. Selena earned 1st place at the Elite International Music Competition and was invited to play at Carnegie Hall. She has also placed 1st in the USOMC Advanced Contemporary Division, 1st for the US International Open Music's Young Prodigy Competition, Honorable Mention for MTAC Solo Competition, and a Silver Medal in the Young Maestro Competition, among other awards.

 

In her spare time, she likes reading anything within reach, doodling random objects, growing plants, and hiking with her family and friends.

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HAO GU

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Hao is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School who is interested in robotics and automation. He has participated in competitive robotics since 5th grade and he has led his team to consistent victories at State Championships in 7th and 8th grade, receiving the title of State Champion and Robot Skills Champion twice, and also won the State Excellence award and Design Award. In high school he competed in VRC under the team 315S and was ranked 1st in California for Robot Skills and placed as the Division Finalist in the World Championship in 2023, He has also coached 4+ VEX IQ teams in Oregon and in California, previously heading a mentorship program at SVSY. He is currently working on research in the field of soft robotics and AI. He is excited to bring his passion for robotics into academia.

 

In addition to robotics, Hao is a very active member of the student body at school. He is a player on Boy's Varsity Volleyball, President of Engineering Club and Consumer Design Club, and is the Senior Class VP.  

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ISAIAH SIT

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Isaiah is an incoming junior at Lynbrook High School. This year he is placed top 40 in the USA Earth Science Olympiad and has been selected to attend the USA Earth Science Olympiad Training Camp. As part of the Lynbrook Science Olympiad team, he has consistently medaled in earth science events like Ecology, Dynamic Planet, and Geologic Mapping in the Science Olympiad State Competitions. Isaiah is the core member of Lynbrook Ocean Sciences Bowl team, which won first place at the Northern California Sea Lion Bowl in 2024.  Isaiah is also passionate about the life sciences, and is a USABO semifinalist. Additionally, Isaish won 1st place at his school’s Geography Bee competition for 2 consecutive years and participated at National Geobee State Competition before Geobee was discontinued at 2020.

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KEVIN SHI

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Kevin Shi is a graduating senior at Palo Alto High School. He has participated in competitive math for more than 5 years, and competed in contests such as MathCounts, AMC 8/10/12, AIME, and USAMO. In his free time, Kevin enjoys reading, music, and programming.

Kevin will be attending Stanford in the Fall of 2024.

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CLAIRE SHAO

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Claire Shao is an incoming sophomore at Lynbrook High School. She has been very passionate about science, specifically biology and earth science, ever since she discovered it. Claire participated in the Science Olympiad during the school year, which further deepened her interest. She has participated at the state level of competition. Her favorite events include competing in Bio Process Lab, Sounds of Music, Road Scholar, and Anatomy and Physiology.  She has won top medals for her events, including 2nd place for Anatomy and Physiology and 3rd place for Bio Process Lab in 2023 California's state finals. 

 

In her free time outside of academics, Claire enjoys drawing and dancing. Because of her interest in biology, she participated in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, a contest held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aiming to promote environmental and conservation programs. Her artwork won a 1st place award in its level in 2021 and 2022.

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CONNOR ZHAO

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Connor Zhao is a rising junior at North Hollywood High School who enjoys chemistry and bosons. He has participated in some science and math competitions including qualifying for AIME 4 times, getting USNCO honors, and winning second at the national science bowl. In his free time, Connor enjoys practicing competitive button-clicking and playing frisbee as well as hoarding them, although they occasionally get lost on roofs.

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BENJAMIN SUN

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Benjamin Sun is a former CAD lead of robotics team FRC 599 The Robodox and the Granada Hills Rocketry Group. While he was on the team, the GHRG achieved 6th place nationwide in the 2021 TARC competition and was invited to the 2022 NASA Student Launch Initiative as one of sixteen high school teams.

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ISABELLA CHIU

Instructor

Isabella is an incoming sophomore at Lynbrook High School. She loves learning math and science. Following her passion, Isabella has been part of the Science Olympiad Club at Miller for the past three years and plans to continue through high school. She enjoys learning Anatomy and Physiology and has competed in it for the past three years, placing 1st and 2nd in the 2023 Regional and Norcal State Science Olympiad tournaments respectively. Isabella has also been a member of Girls Who Code for the past three years and is now an GWC intern. In addition, she has been a writer for the Miller sTEAM magazine for the last three years and is now a Teen Advisory Council member.

Besides academics, Isabella loves to plan school events and is part of the Miller Middle School Leadership program this year. She plays competitive soccer and also plays for her school soccer team. Reading is one of her favorite pastimes and she’ll read non-stop whenever she has any free time!

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NATHANIEL NA

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Nathaniel Na is an incoming sophomore at Lynbrook High School. He is passionate about physics, music, and programming. He has been a member of the Science Olympiad since 7th grade. Through his two-year involvement in the Science Olympiad, he has competed in Bio Process Lab, Crave the Wave, Road Scholar, Sounds of Music, and Wheeled Vehicle. In April 2023, he ranked 1st in Crave the Wave, 2nd in Sounds of Music, 4th in Road Scholar, and 4th in Wheeled Vehicle at the NorCal State Finals.

 

In his free time, Nathaniel enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music, sleeping, and eating desserts.

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CHRIS LIU

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Chris Liu is an incoming senior at Lynbrook High School. As a physics enthusiast, he has been an active leader in multiple physics-based events at Lynbrook’s Science Olympiad Club, placing 1st in Optics, 2nd in Wind Power and 5th in Air Trajectory at the 2024 Santa Clara County Regionals. He had previously been a member of the physics team at the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University located in Shanghai. Apart from physics, Chris is also skilled in computer science and engineering, claiming 2nd prize in China Computer Federation’s Certified Software Professional contest (senior division). He is currently pursuing his interest in the field of classical and quantum computing.

 

Outside of academics, Chris is passionate about music, cycling and culinary arts. In particular, he has been a singer and pianist of Lynbrook’s choral program, performing at multiple concerts throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

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ALEX GE

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Alex Ge is an incoming junior at Saratoga High School. He attended State Level MathLeague and also participated in MathCounts Nationals 2021. He also has four years of C++ experience and one year of Java. At school, he has received one award for academic excellence, and is generally friendly with other students. 


Alex also has a fiery passion for studying biology and chemistry. He has three years of AP level chemistry and two years of USNCO practice. He also indulges in computer science and environmental science. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and practicing drums.

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TONY WU

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Tony is a rising junior at Pinewood School - Upper Campus. He is very passionate about Coding and Science, participating in the USNCO 2022 Local Section Exam and gaining a perfect score on the USACO January 2022 Bronze Competition. He has also had experience with web development, gaining The Best Beginner Award in the LancerHacks VI Hackathon hosted by Saint Francis.


In his free time, Tony loves to read, play basketball, and play table tennis.

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JERRY YANG

Instructor

Jerry Yang is a rising Junior at North Hollywood High School, and is interested in interdisciplinary research in Engineering and Law. He has been competing in Robotics for 7 years, and through that experience he has gained invaluable engineering, coding, and problem-solving skills. He has also been competing in Speech and Debate for 6 years, earning local, state, and national awards for his public speaking skills in different categories.

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ADVI WEHZAN

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Advi Wehzan is a rising junior at Leland High School with a passion for science and technology. He won the 2022 Amazon TechChallenge for designing a sound device using gravitational energy. As an active member of Leland High’s AI Club, Advi has led multiple presentations on various topics, ranging from reinforcement learning to his own personal projects. Advi developed his AI tool, SolarSight, which was a Track Winner at NorCal Hacks 23.

 

Beyond technology, Advi also has 4 years of Public Forum debate experience. After taking the podium at numerous middle and high school championships, Advi went on to represent Leland High School at the CFL State Qualifier Championship as a sophomore. In his free time, Advi enjoys volunteering in his community, biking, and spending time with friends.

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HAROLD WANG

Instructor

Harold is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. He is interested in Biology and is USABO semifinalist. He won the first place award in the county science fair. Harold's hobbies include Go and Running.

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ERIC LIANG

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Eric Liang is an incoming sophomore at Saratoga High School. He has a strong passion for the field of STEM. He is currently in a VEX Robotics team and has multiple years of experience. During this time, he has competed at regional and national levels, and led his team to qualify for the VEX World Championship this past year. Furthermore, Eric has previously participated in numerous math competitions, including AMC 8/10, Mathleague, and Berkeley Mini Math Tournament. Outside of academics, Eric enjoys running and is part of his school’s track team. He is also part of the marching band where he plays the clarinet.

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EMILY GONG

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Emily is a rising junior at Lynbrook High School. She is interested in STEM and enjoys learning about various science related topics. Her favorite topic is Biology with Chemistry as a close second. Additionally, she also likes to explore and repair the mechanisms in daily object such as bikes or laptops. Fixing and restoring broken items has always been very fun for her. Aside from STEM related activities, she enjoys creating art. Of which has been displayed at the FUHSD district office. She specifically likes drawing the nature around her, along with experimenting with colors.

Past Instructors

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MICHAEL ZHAO

Founder, Harvard

Michael Zhao graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. He has been deeply involved in STEM throughout his middle school and high school years and founded Silicon Valley STEM 4 Youth to share his passion and knowledge in STEM with others in the community.

 

Michael’s passion for STEM runs deep. He is the founder and president of Lynbrook's Science Olympiad Club and also loves biology. He frequently participates in STEM competitions. Michael has been recognized as a 2-time USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finalist (Top 20) in 2020 and 2021, has won national invitational, state-level medals in Science Olympiad and regional awards in the Synopsys Science Fair, and  was a member of the 2017 National Middle School Science Bowl Champion team as well as 2021 Bay Area High School Science Bowl Competition Champion Team.

 

Michael was also actively involved in his school community as ASB (Associated Student Body) President, and was previously a national officer in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), leading 230,000 members in the world's largest student business organization. Michael is not only named as one of 161 US Presidential Scholars, the highest honor for the high school student in the nation, he is also the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship as a Coca Cola Scholar for his dedication to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Michael was admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Yale and MIT, he will matriculate to Harvard in the fall. 

 

In his free time, he likes to play french horn and is a member of the California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra.

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Angela Jiao

Founder, MIT

Angela Jiao graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2022. She has been recognized as a 4-time USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Semifinalist and received the Recognition of Academic Excellence by scoring in the top 50 on the 2022 USABO Semifinal Exam. She is also a 2-time US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) National Exam Qualifier and received the Honors distinction (top 150, 1%) in 2022. Additionally, Angela has 7 years of competitive experience in Science Olympiad, having won 1st place medals at the NorCal State Finals and placed in the top 5 at national invitationals. 

 

Outside of exploring STEM, Angela is a Platinum medalist in the National French Contest. She is also a competitive writer and dancer. She has won a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as well as multiple regional awards, and she has received various national-level dance awards.

 

Angela will be attending MIT in the Fall of 2022.

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ANDREW YUAN

Founder, CMU

Andrew Yuan graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2023. Besides winning top medals at Science Olympiad tournaments at regional, state, and national invitationals, Andrew has set Lynbrook's record by leading school's Science Olympiad team win 3rd place at state finals. Andrew competed in Science Bowl since 2017, and he served as the captain when his team placed 2nd at National Finals in 2019 NSB.​

Andrew is a 4x AIME qualifier, 4x semi-finalist and a 3x honorable mention for USA Physics Olympiads, he's also a semi-finalist for USA Biolympiad (USABO) and USA Astrophysics Olympiad (USAAAO). Andrew has been conducting research and won regional 1st pace, 2nd place, and honorable mention awards at the Synopsys Science Championship, and he is a CLSI BayArea BioGENius Challenge finalist as well as a California State Engineering Fair contestant.

Outside of academics, Andrew loves playing basketball and singing. He's a YouTube singer and a member of school and community choirs. He has placed 1st and 2nd at various national and international levels of vocal competitions.

Andrew will be attending CMU in the Fall of 2023.

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RAYMOND SHAO

Instructor

Raymond Shao graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2022. Raymond has been involved with STEM in the form of Science Olympiad throughout middle school and high school. He has joined Silicon Valley STEM 4 Youth to share his experience with others. Raymond has competed in other STEM competitions such as USNCO and AIME and has seen successful at the regional and state levels of Science Olympiad. 

 

In addition to STEM, he also enjoys economics, teaching, and anime being involved with the economics and anime clubs at school.

 

Raymond will be attending UCLA in the Fall of 2022.

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NATHAN MAI

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Nathan is rising junior at Lynbrook High School. He started in Miller Science Olympiad in 6th grade and some of my favorite events have been fossils, oceanography, GameOn, Boomilever, and Mission Possible. I’ve also done FIRST Lego League since fourth grade and love building and programming. In my spare time, I like to play ping-pong and bake treats.

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ANTONE JUNG

Instructor

Antone Jung is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School with interests in biology and biosciences. He has competed in and placed at numerous Science Olympiad events, was distinguished as a USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) semifinalist, and has been involved in the National Science Bowl for three years. In the spring of 2019, Antone, under the strong leadership of Andrew Yuan, placed 1st at Regionals and advanced to compete at the National Science Bowl tournament, where the Miller Middle School team placed 2nd. In the winter of 2019, he and Lynbrook Team B placed 2nd at the first annual Lynbrook Invitational. In 2018, Antone, along with another student, was awarded first place in the Cupertino library’s S^4 competition, which he hopes to mentor this summer.

 

When not grinding textbooks, Antone enjoys running cross-country and track and field and playing the piano.

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RISHAB SAKALKALE

Instructor

Rishab Sakalkale is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. He has been a part of Science Olympiad since 6th grade, competing in events such as Designer Genes/Heredity, Protein Modeling, and Digital Structures/Boomilever, and has consistently medaled in the regional and state tournaments each year. Other than Science Olympiad, he is part of many CS-oriented clubs at Lynbrook, and enjoys learning more about machine learning. He loves teaching, and is very excited to mentor the future generation of STEM students at SVSY.

 

In his free time, Rishab is either going down Wikipedia rabbit-holes, playing with his dog, or attending practices as the head drum major of the Lynbrook Marching Band.

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NATHASHA THOMBRE

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Natasha is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. She is passionate about music, math, and astronomy. She has been a part of Miller Middle School’s Science Olympiad team for two years, and won 2nd place in Reach for the Stars, 3rd place in Crime Busters, and 4th place in Density Lab at the 2021 California States competition. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her cats and dabble in music production.

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SANYA BADHE

Instructor

Sanya is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. As having been a member of her school's science olympiad team, mathcounts team, and basketball team since 6th grade, she loves doing anything science and math related. In her science olympiad career, she has won a total of 44 medals and placed has 6th individually in the nation for both circuit lab and forensics in the nationwide competition MYSO. She also frequently participates in math competitions and has achieved a perfect score in MOEMS and math kangaroo. She has also received distinction in AMC 8 and AMC 10 and has qualified for the AIME.

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BOHENG CAO

Instructor

Boheng Cao is senior at North Hollywood High School who is passionate about science, which manifests through their extracurriculars, hobbies, and recreational activities. Boheng enjoys biology, having qualified for the USABO semifinals twice consecutively and becoming recognized as top 100 nationally, in addition to receiving a silver medal at the International Medicine Olympiad. Boheng competed in Science Bowl and served as the captain when his team placed 2nd at National Finals in 2024 NSB.​ Additionally, Boheng enjoys recreational math, having participated in a wide diversity of competitions ranging from Mathcounts to ARML to the AMC series. A three-time AIME qualifier, Boheng is involved in the organization of their school's math club in addition to tutoring math elsewhere. Among other distinctions, Boheng has also been recognized as a USAPhO semifinalist. In their free time, Boheng enjoys reading, playing tennis, playing the piano, and reading but ultimately not understanding textbooks.

Boheng will be attending MIT in the Fall of 2024.

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Matthew Yuan

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Matthew Yuan is a rising junior at Lynbrook High School. He has years of experience in both Science Olympiad and Science Bowl. He medaled in Fermi (1st place) and Run It Code It (4th place) in Science Olympiad. Matthew is also an avid fan of robotics and won the National Championship of WRO (World Robotic Olympiad) in 2019.  He also participated in many math competitions, including AIME(2x qualifier), HMI(top 5), Berkeley Math Tournamentand the Stanford Math Tournament.

 

In his spare time, Matthew enjoys reading, playing basketball as well as solving Rubik's cubes.

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ANGELA PEI

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Hi! I'm Angela, a rising senior at Lynbrook High school. I'm interested in STEM and math is my favorite subject. I have some experience in statistical inference procedures and I will be doing more research at Stanford this summer. I'm excited to help out at SVSY and looking forward for the summer!

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Dylan Li

Instructor

Dylan Li is a rising senior at Valley Christian High School. He is heavily involved in STEM programs in his school such as math program, Physics Olympiad and the research programs. He is two-time AIME qualifier, as well as semi-finalist for the USA Physics Olympiad. He has also conducted research on the chaotic Lorenz systems for the Synopsys Science Fair and studied the effects of microgravity on electrolytic cells. In his free time, Dylan enjoys cooking and getting boba with friends.

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LEAH ATIENZA

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I'm Leah Atienza, a rising senior at Granada Hills Charter High School. I've been competing in the FRC robotics competition for almost a year as a part of team 599, The Robodox, as a CAD, Strategy, and Awards member. I do model rocketry as a vice president of Space Club and a former competitor of NASA SLI. In my free time, I draw, photograph animals, and listen to Vocaloid.

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ROHIT SURESH

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Rohit Suresh is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School, and he is interested in the interface between biology and engineering. Starting from sixth grade, Rohit has been a part of Science Olympiad, and he has medaled in events such as Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, Optics, and Battery Buggy. 

 

He has been recognized as a USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinalist. In addition, he is the treasurer of Surgery Interest Club and an active member of numerous scientific and medical clubs on campus such as Science Club, Science Olympiad, and Pre-Med. Furthermore, he has participated and won awards in international robotics competitions over the past four years. 

 

Outside of STEM, Rohit enjoys playing chess, tennis, and piano for which he has won multiple awards for his playing.

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EDWIN LAW

Instructor

Edwin is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. He has a strong interest in STEM and has participated in various science competitions including Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. He has been a team member of Science Olympiad since 7th grade and has won medals in many events at various regional and state level competitions, including Dynamic Planet and Fossils. He is passionate about various topics related to earth science.

 

In his free time, Edwin enjoys playing piano as well as solving Rubik's cubes.

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OLIVIA ZHAO

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Olivia Zhao is a rising sophomore at Granada Hills Charter High School. Olivia has participated in Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, and Biology Bowl in the past. She has been teaching a variety of online classes since the start of the pandemic. She has taught kids science experiment classes that aim to educate and spread the wonders of science through fun and easy ways. She takes leadership roles in many organizations, all of which help her excel in communication  and public speaking. She loves teaching and hopes to touch the lives of many more kids! In her free time, she loves baking, arts and crafts, playing piano, and reading. She also folds an obsessive amount of origami for fun!

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RONAK BADHE

Instructor

Ronak Badhe is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. Ronak has been involved with STEM in the form of Science Olympiad throughout six of his middle school and high school years. He has joined Silicon Valley STEM 4 Youth to share his experience with others. Ronak frequently competes in STEM competitions such as USAAAO, F=MA, SVCE and has seen success at the regional and state levels of Science Olympiad. In SVCE, his team's e-bike won medals in acceleration and efficiency.

 

In his free time, Ronak likes to play chess and has done well in tournaments all around California. He is almost an expert in chess and has volunteered to help teach kids in Bay Area Chess. Ronak also enjoys programming, having picked it up three years ago.

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Hank Hsu

Instructor

My interests include many sciences, including physics, biology and chemistry. I like to understand how things work at a molecular level. I have competed on the Lynbrook science olympiad team B. At regionals, I got 1st and 2nd at 2 events; WICI and Water Quality. I qualified for the USAPHO semifinal test this year (2020-2021).

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DANIEL LI

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Daniel Li is a rising senior at Fremont High School. He loves learning about biology ever since he discovered it at a young age and has continued to pursue it ever since. He has been recognized as a USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) semifinalist in 2021 and in the same year was awarded the bronze award for the British Biology Olympiad (BBO). He is deeply passionate about biology and STEM and wishes to spread his love of STEM to other students. 

 

Outside of academics, Daniel loves playing basketball and violin and is currently a member of the San Jose Youth Symphony's (SJYS) Chamber Orchestra.

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SOHAN TALLURI

Instructor

Sohan Talluri graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. STEM has been Sohan's passion since middle school. He has competed in Science Olympiad for five years, winning many Regional-level and State-level awards. Sohan has been the Vice President of Study Events for Lynbrook's Science Olympiad Club since the club's founding.

 

Sohan is primarily interested in biology, and has been recognized as a USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinalist. He has conducted research into the epigenetics of mental disorders at UC Santa Barbara, and has participated in the Synopsys Science Fair. Sohan's other STEM interests include astronomy and math, where he is a two-time USA Astronomy Olympiad (USAAAO) Semifinalist and an American Invitational Math Exam (AIME) competitor.

 

Outside of STEM, Sohan has been serving his community through Boy Scouts for the past six years. He is currently the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of his troop of 80 scouts, and has achieved the rank of Life Scout. Sohan enjoys playing the clarinet and bass clarinet in his free time.

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CATHERINE ZHOU

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Catherine Zhou is a rising junior at Lynbrook. She has been competing in Science Olympiad for four years, and has placed in the top five at national-level invitationals, regionals, and states. She is passionate about biomedicine, and she enjoys conducting research and participating in science fairs.

 

Outside of STEM, Catherine is interested in the arts. She also enjoys playing basketball, playing piano, and volunteering.

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JOCELYN TAO

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Jocelyn is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. She is passionate about computer science and earth science. She has competed in Science Olympiad for four years in events such as Experimental Design and Chemistry Lab. She is also on the Lynbrook Ocean Science Bowl team. She is the president of Girls Who Code San Jose and has taught middle school students coding for the past two years. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and graphic design.

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DANIEL SUN

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Daniel is an incoming freshman at Lynbrook High School. He is passionate about science, particularly so with biology. Daniel was part of the Miller Middle School Science Olympiad team for three years to pursue his interest in science. During that time, Daniel medaled in Science Olympiad events consistently, including podium finishes in Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, and Storm the Castle at both the regional and state level.   In addition, he won the Synopsys Science Fair in 6th grade for his work on a Machine Learning project and received invitations for both the California Science and Engineering Fair and Broadcom National Science Fair competitions. Daniel was also part of the Miller Science Bowl team. 

 

In his free time, Daniel enjoys music and video games.

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SIDHARTH KANNAN

Instructor

Sidharth Kannan is a junior at Lynbrook High School. He has medaled in the Mystery Architecture and Meteorology.

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CRAIG LIU

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Crag Liu is a junior at Lynbrook High School. He has medaled in the Herpetology and Forensics.

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ALBERT TAM

Instructor

Albert Tam is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. He has been recognized as a two-time USABO Biology Olympiad semifinalist, top 50 semifinalist in 2020 and National Finalist (Top 20) in 2021. He has also qualified for the AIME four times, competed as a member of Lynbrook's Science Olympiad club, and conducted research on nanopore-based DNA sequencing for the Synopsys Science Fair.

He's also passionate about STEM outreach. Outside of SVSY, with other organizations, he regularly hosts workshops on the human body for children in elementary and middle school and has helped develop the curriculum for a series of first aid and preventable disease classes to be taught at 50+ schools in Liberia.

In his free time, Albert enjoys playing the double bass, reading, and eating tiramisu.

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ANGELA KWON

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Hi! My name is Angela Kwon, the Vice President of my school's Girls In STEM Club. I am passionate about math and physics. I am on my school's science bowl team, and we have gotten 10th place in the 2021 regional competition. My friend and I have also done Science Olympiad Medal-Only Competitions for Game-on and Amazing Mechatronics. 


Some of my hobbies are Korean traditional dancing, drawing, writing, and walking, and I also love hanging out with my friends! 

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NATHAN CHIU

Instructor

Nathan is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose. He is passionate about science and technology, specifically the intersection between biology, chemistry, engineering, and computer science. He has been actively involved in his school’s Science Olympiad team since 8th grade and has won top 5 medals in multiple events. Nathan has also led a winning biomedical engineering project at the Synopsys Science Fair, and competed at the California Science and Engineering Fair. Over the summer, he taught a Python programming class to middle school students. During his free time, Nathan enjoys reading and researching about his interest subjects, playing music, and soccer. He is very excited to give back to his community through SVSY.

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ARTHUR SUN

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Arthur Sun, a local high school student in the Granada Hills region. I have participated in my local science team for the past 2 years, doing activities such as Science Bowl and participating in USABO competitions. Over the past summer, I participated in the SVSY program and found it to be a good experience and resource for which to meet new people and develop my skills regarding Science Bowl and various science related competitions. I desire to expand on such ambitions, helping bolster the science and tech based community in my local region, starting with highschool and middle school students. 

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JOE LIN

Instructor

Joe is a rising senior attending Lynbrook High School. He is passionate about Computer Science and loves studying STEM subjects in general. He actively participates in clubs on campus, such as Science Olympiad and Speech and Debate. He has also been serving as the Junior Class President, and will be Lynbrook’s ASB President for the 21-22 school year. 

 

Since 6th grade, he has been a part of the Science Olympiad team, where he has placed in the top five for many events, including Battery Buggy, Detector Building, Dynamic Planet, Gravity Vehicle, Meteorology, and Mousetrap Vehicle. 

 

Recently, he’s been studying various areas of Machine Learning, mainly Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing. He’s taken a Stanford student-led Machine Learning course at Inspirit AI and an EECS Berkeley course covering Linear Algebra, Circuits, and Machine Learning. 

 

Joe has also participated in the regional Synopsys Science Fair, where he worked on a project to help alert people when they are slouching. His project received 1st Place in the Biomedical category and was admitted into the California State Engineering Fair.

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KAYLIA MAI

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Kaylia graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. She has been with SVSY for three years. She has been competed in Science Olympiad for five years, winning multiple medals in states, regionals, and invitationals. She specializes in engineering and build events.

 

Kaylia is passionate about STEM. She was a founding member of the Lynbrook Science Olympiad Club and has been its Vice President of Build Events for two years. She is the current Programming Captain in her FIRST Robotics Competition robotics team which has won various awards, and she has been elected by the team to be a Dean's List Semifinalist. She is the Curriculum Lead in the Girls Who Code Club at Miller Middle School run by Lynbrook students and has taught basic courses in Javascript and Python. She has regularly volunteered at the Tech Interactive assisting and explaining concepts to guests.

 

She enjoys playing music on the alto saxophone, baking, creative literature. Her robotics team is also a Girl Scout troop, and she sells approximately 80 cookies per year. She is the Public Relations Officer in the Lynbrook ArtReach Club and makes crafts to donate to the community.

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Aaron Lee

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Aaron is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. Despite being less competitive than others, he is still motivated to learn more about people’s mental and physical states. He believes that finding the underlying factor behind diseases, regardless of if it is mental or physical, is being underlooked in the science and medical field. He has done community volunteering work for the past two to three years and has raised money for those in need.

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TIFFANY HWANG

Instructor

Tiffany Hwang graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. She has competed in Science Olympiad since middle school, and has won medals at regional and state level. Her experience includes Write It Do It, Ecology, Water Quality, Towers, Sounds of Music, and Experimental Design. 

 

Despite playing piano and clarinet in her free time (and also a fellow musician at California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra), she is not as proficient at Sounds of Music as she would like. She advises those interested to study up on physics and be prepared to build instead of stockpiling jazz theory concepts. The test writers stick to classical theory.

 

Other hobbies during quarantine include reading, attempting to write, exploring different genres of music, singing too loudly, anime, and taking long naps instead of practicing. 

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ANNIE HWANG

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Annie graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. Annie has been part of Science Olympiad for most of her high school life. As a flutist, Sounds of Music, an event from Science Olympiad, has helped enhanced her knowledge of music. Impacted by her experience in Science Olympiad, she joined Silicon Valley Stem 4 Youth in order to give back and help others enjoy similar experiences. During her spare time, Annie enjoys playing the flute, the piano and watching anime. She is currently a flutist in California Philharmonic Youth Symphony's Senior Orchestra. 

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ALEC CHEN

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Alec graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. Alec has been working on both Science Olympiad and with SVSY for three years. For each year of SVSY, he has taught Crime Busters/Forensics Science, and has placed 3rd at States in Crime Busters and 2nd at Invitationals in Forensics. In addition, he has placed 2nd at States in Optics and 1st at Invitationals in Ping Pong Parachute.

Alec's favorite part of Science Olympiad is viewing fun chemical reactions (explaining why he's stuck with Crime Busters/Forensics for so long). He spends his time writing and listening to music. He can probably be bribed with candy or boba.

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BRIAN XUE

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Brian Xue is a rising junior at Lynbrook. Brian loves Math , Physics and coding .  He is USACO National camper, USAJMO qualifier as well as USA Physics Olympiad semifinalist. He has been a member of Miller Science Bowl Team for two years, and won national 5th in 2021 for NSB. He has been in the Mathcount team for miller middle school for 3 years.

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AARUSHI MEHROTRA

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Aarushi Mehrotra is a junior at Lynbrook High. As part of the Science Olympiad team for five years, she’s been exploring a vast variety of science topics ranging from thermodynamics to cryptography, earning medals at each regional/state-level competition. She loves learning about all areas of science and hopes to share her love of knowledge with students at SVSY as a third-year teacher. She particularly loves biomedicine and is a Pre-Med Club officer. She’s also conducted research on the effect of inflammatory pathway inhibitors on the symptoms of Alzheimer’s as part of the Synopsys Science Fair.

 

Besides science, Aarushi is a self-taught coder. She can code in various languages and has taken a machine learning course from Stanford. Using this knowledge, she has experience in single-cell data analysis and has placed well in online data science competitions. She’s also a flutist at the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and a half-marathon runner.

 

During the pandemic, Aarushi has organized an effort with the Science Olympiad team to assemble face shields at home and has currently donated 500 face shields to Sutter Health. Her other quarantine hobbies include cooking meals for her family, working out, reading, and attempting to beat her brother in basketball.

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KATY ZHEN

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I'm Katy and I’m an incoming freshman at Castilleja. I’m very passionate about STEM, especially science and I’ve taught myself Biology and Chemistry. I’ve also participated in the AMC 8 and MAGIC (more active girls in computing) where I coded a math game that helped donate money to cancer research for children. 

 

In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, dancing, and reading. One of my favorite books is “Into the Magic Shop” which is an autobiography by a neurosurgeon, I highly recommend it! 

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WISDOM LI

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I'm an upcoming 8th grader at Miller Middle School and I have an interest in Math and Science. I decided to join SVSY because I've wanted to be a tutor/teacher.  From being a student and attending summer camps at SVSY before, I can foresee that I will enjoy working with other members and learning new skills and concepts as a group. STEM has fascinated me since I was in 5th grade and I'm curious to learn more. I will try my hardest to teach well in fun and interactive ways, organize events, and be a responsible and organized person.

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ERIC LIU

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Eric Liu is a 7th grader in CLC charter school going to 7th grade this fall. He participated in ACSL (Including four sections - computer number systems, Boolean algebra, infix and postfix, and Graph Theory) and finished the first two sections with scores 4 out of 5 and 5 out of 5, respectively. He learned Scratch, Java and HTML in 5th grade and has been learning Python since he started his 6th grade. He has a knack of developing tricky programs such as a tic-tac-toe game and he never gives up on a project. 

He conducts research using the Internet to tackle challenges in his school projects and presents them confidently. He takes outside of school public speaking and programming classes on Zoom. Eric is currently participating in a CoderZ Sprint Challenge Junior competition and his team is in third place, with most of his points contribution and team assistance, of the mid-Atlantic (with 65 teams). He is also participating in the IEEE Centre County engineering competition partnered with a boy Micah Hall for the main competition with a hover scooter design project, and for his personal pet project of the competition with an Lego Ev3 cart that uses color sensors to complete a line following maze.  

Eric is friendly and pleasant.  In his free time, he likes to play soccer, tennis, ski/snowboard, skateboard, and badminton along with his classmates and friends. Eric also joins the rock band at school (plays keyboard/piano and drums) and is a good defense player on his recess soccer team.

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JIANYU WANG

Instructor

Jianyu Wang is an rising sophomore at Lynbrook High School.  He has participated in Science Olympiad for 3 years. He has won many medals in his events, which include density lab, write it CAD it, and road scholar. Jianyu has also participated in Science Bowl for 2 years, and his team won 5th place at the nationals. In his spare time, he enjoys programming and talking with his friends.

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CHERILYN HU

Instructor

Cherilyn is a junior at Saratoga high school. She has special interest and passions in environmental science and public health. Cherilyn has been carrying out multiple research projects in those areas, including microplastics in soil, sustainable transportation, and substance abuse. She is the founder of http://mps-awareness.com and is an advocate for a natural terrestrial ecosystem.

 

On the artistic side, Cherilyn plays harp in her school’s orchestra, and has been a member of the Saratoga High School color guard for 3 years.

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MATTEW DENG

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Matthew Deng is a rising senior at Lynbrook High School. He focused on STEM, Data Science, and Robotics, spending most of his free time exploring the elements that combine them into modern AI and Robotics. Matthew has always been working with robots, from a local FLL 2nd place in grade school to a FRC Calgames Finalist with Lynbrook's Robotics Club. Throughout the years, Matthew has acquired a lengthy experience in the mechanical, electrical, and software aspects of Robotics.

 

Beyond just academics, Matthew also enjoys reading and playing tennis, and participating in speech and debate, especially public forum.

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