Science

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Science 

Class Time(s):

Option A: Tuesday, 3:35 - 4:15 PM PT

Option B: Friday, 4:00 - 4:40 PM PT

Grades: 1 to 8

Program Leader: Angelica Wang

Program Description: Welcome to the YAPA science classroom, dear people! Get ready to take an in-depth journey discovering the wonders of science. There will be lots of fun videos, notes, and experiments involved, so get out your PPE! (Or not, as it’s also an option to just watch the instructors do it. No pressure either way.) In 40 minutes a week, you will receive a hands-on education teaching you about basic biology, chemistry, physics, and other specialized fields of science. Experiments range from candy chromatography to making bouncy balls out of eggs. Bring lots of questions about STEM as well. We will make sure to find time to answer them all to the best of our ability!

Program Teachers: Angelica Wang, Jackson Van Vooren, Michelle Chen, Nicolas Ramel, Anika Chandwani, Antara Chugh, Kayu Narayanan, Janelle Cai, Nikhil Jagota, Srutika Sureshbabu, Princess Santillan, Ramya Palani, Stuti Shah, Jash-Piam Parekh, Julia Yee, Henry Kam, Alivia Zhang, Archita Srinivasa, Sheza Saiyed, Erin Wang, Erin Yang, Maggie Lee, Aishwarya Vadivelu, Tiana Zhou, Aditi Aswin, Ethan Liu, Tanvi Waghela, Vivan Waghela, Aditi Venkatraman, Shriya Shankar, Divya Ramaswamy, Clara Hinds, Sonya Surapaneni, Taylor Hu, Meghana Indukuri, Kate Jelfs, Elizabeth Wang, Camelia Siadat, Isaias Martinez, Medha Trisal, Joel Elangovan, Misha Bandi, Abby Melton, Jay Wang, Tejas Polu, Kristin Siri Pintu, Riya Ravuri, Krittika Iyengar, Shruti Nene, Anushka Saran, Rajasi Laddha, Harshitha Marepally, Sofia Vitale, Dia Ganesh Kumar, Veda Vudathala, Patrick Li, Swetha Upadrasta, Olivia Song, Anurag Paudel, Avinash Saripalli, Catherine Park, Avni Gandhi, Jayanti Singla, Samiya Akram, Polly Ren, Sophia Wu, Shreshtha Raj, Levina La, Charly Ng, Bridget Wong, Jocelyn Ramirez, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Reva Mahto, Katherine De Paz, Sarah Schroeder, Laura Espuna, Marianne Doss, Duaa Jamaluddin, Jessica Martino, Emily Katz

Teacher Bios

Angelica Wang

Hai hai, everyone! My name is Angelica and I'm a freshman at Monta Vista High School. Yay 2023. I was a former science TA at Silicon Valley Youth for two semesters. Also, I have indeed studied for the USABO open, Toronto Bio Oly, and Chem Oly and plan to do a little better next year (when we're actually able to take these tests). However if you have any questions about some of these tests or about science olympiad, I'm sure I or someone else I know would be happy to help you out. This year, I have been pretty heavily involved with Monta Vista Science Olympiad, environmental science, Earth Stewards, SfN Youth, and biology club. (I encourage all of you to give these and other clubs a shot in middle or high school. You learn plenty of new things and it’s a lot of fun!) And fortunately, I do have a life outside of science, and that would include participation in YAPA’s Fall 2019 season, marching band/winter percussion, and LEO club. See y'all in the science classroom soon!

Jackson Van Vooren

Hi everyone! My name is Jackson Van Vooren and I am a team member for the science class. I have competed on my school’s competitive Science Olympiad Team and I am heavily involved in other science-based clubs. I excel in biology, and I am knowledgeable in other fields of science, too. I look forward to helping your students discover more about the amazing field of science!

Michelle Chen

Hello! My name is Michelle Chen, and I'm so excited to meet everyone! I'm extremely passionate about science and biology in particular; I'm a USABO semifinalist and I've scored a 5 on the AP Biology exam! I'm quite experienced in a lab setting, seeing as I worked in a lab at COSMOS in UC Davis last summer. I can't wait to work with you all, and please feel free to reach out anytime!

Nicolas Ramel

Hi! My name is Nicholas and I'm a sophomore from Fremont HIgh school. I have taken chem, bio, and will be taking physics in the future. Science is interesting as it involves how things occur, and the mechanics behind everything in our lives. I hope to teach everyone new things, as we learn about various types of science.

Anika Chandwani

Hi everyone! I’m Anika and I’m a rising junior at Fremont High School. Science has been a huge part of my life since elementary school. I have taken chemistry over the summer to move on to Advanced Placement Chemistry, I am currently enrolled for AP Biology, and have experiences in physical and life sciences. I have completed many laboratory experiments and am currently preparing for the AP Chemistry exam. I hope to take my experience in science and help your kids discover their passion for science at a young age!

Antara Chugh

Hi everyone! My name is Antara Chugh and I'm a sophmore in Fremont High School. I'm currently taking AP Chemistry and took Biology last year. In addition, I was a member of the Science Olympiads team in 8th grade, where I won 3rd place in Meteorology during the regional competition. I'm looking forward to sharing my love for science with you all!

Kayu Narayanan

Hi! My name is Kay and I'm a sophomore at Fremont High School. This past year, I have taken AP Chemistry and biology during my freshman year. I love science and am looking forward to working with you all!

Janelle Cai

Hi! I'm Janelle and I'm a rising sophomore at Monta Vista High School. This year I'm taking biology, and I enjoy learning new things about science. Outside of science, I'm also heavily involved in coding, robotics, competition math, and music. Looking forward to meeting all of you in the classroom!

Nikhil Jagota

Hi everyone! My name is Nikhil, and I'm a rising junior attending Fremont High School. The science classes I'm currently taking are Ap chemistry and physics honors. Over the years, I've taken many many science classes, inside and outside of school, and I'm extremely passionate about science. It seems amazing how we can know so many things about the world just by doing experiments and recording observations. I can't wait to teach you all all about science!

Srutika Sureshbabu

Hi everyone! My name is Shruti Suresh Babu and I am a rising junior at Cupertino High School. I have always been fascinated with science and have done quite a few experiments at home just for fun. in school, I have taken biology and chemistry honor courses, which allowed me to gain lots of insight into the field of science as well as gain experimental experience.

Princess Santillan

Hi everyone! My name is Princess Hannah Santillan, and I am an junior at Mark Keppel High School. I am currently taking AP Chemistry and have taken Chemistry and Biology Honors. As for my experience, I have had past experiences in Science Olympiad and my school’s Science Field Day. I am also heavily involved in the Science National Honors Society, which gave me an opportunity to reach out to younger students and have experience in showcasing experiments to them. Although my experiences might not be as great compared to others, I hope to be able to still provide a great learning experience to teach younger students a positive and knowledgeable outlook on the fundamentals of science.

Ramya Palani

Hi! My name is Ramya Palani and I am a rising junior at Cupertino High School! I am very passionate about science and have taken rigorous summer courses as well as biology and chemistry honors at school. I also enjoy performing science experiments at home and learning new things in science!

Stuti Shah

Heyy! My name is Stuti and I am a junior at Mission San Jose High School. I have always loved science ever since I was young and am extremely passionate about Biology and Chemistry. I have been taking Honors science classes since 7th grade and am planning to take AP Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology. I can't wait to teach you guys the miracles of the scientific method.

Jash-Piam Parekh

Hi my name is Jash-Piam Parekh, science has always been a favorite subject of mine, and I would love to be able to help out in this program. I have always loved editing using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I have made designs, memes, and so much more.

Julia Yee

Hi! My name is Julia and I currently attend Cupertino High School as a rising junior. Right now I'm taking chemistry honors, which has really made me interested in science. I'm super excited to be a part of this amazing program because I love learning about science (especially chemistry) and I hope to inspire a love of learning in all of our students.

Henry Kam

Hi, my name is Henry Kam and I am currently a junior at Monta Vista. From a young age I have always been intrigued by the endless possibilities of science and I dream of becoming a Materials Science Engineer. From the tiny cells in our bodies to the frameworks of String Theory, I have always wanted to apply my knowledge from school to helping others. I am currently taking Physics, having taken Chemistry and Biology in my former high school years. I have also prepared for the F=ma and the USNCO. I look forward to meeting all of you sometime in the future as together we explore our full potential!

Alivia Zhang

Hello everyone! My name is Alivia Zhang, and I am a rising junior at American High School! I always had a big passion when it comes to science, especially when it comes to biology and chemistry. I am currently taking Chemistry Honors, and took Biology last year (we had no honors for biology, unfortunately) I am planning to take AP Chem and APE next year, and AP Bio in my senior year. I am in multiple clubs relating to science, such as Science Eco Club and Biology Club. I also participated in a research program called ASDRP last year during summer, and is doing the same this year. I hope to be able to inspire you all to have fun and share the same passion as I do for science!

Archita Srinivasa

Hi everyone! My name is Archita Srinivasa and I'm currently a sophomore at Lynbrook High School. Science has always been one of my favorite subjects and I'm truly passionate about STEM. Currently, I'm taking Chemistry Honors and I'm heavily involved in the Women In Stem club at my school. I'm looking forward to sharing my passion for science with you and I hope you gain lots of insight and experience into this field!

Sheza Saiyed

Hi! My name is Sheza Saiyed and I am a sophomore at American High School. Science is one of my favorite subjects as it teaches complex theories about life, and also because I get to do fun experiments! I have taken Biology, Physics, and am currently finishing Chemistry. I look forward to working with you and teaching you this fun subject!

Erin Wang

Hi guys! My name is Erin Wang, and I find science to be one of the most interesting subjects. So many processes in our everyday lives can be explained through science. Even the natural curiosity that causes us to question these processes can be explained by science. I love how there are endless things to learn when it comes to learning science.

Erin Yang

Hey! My name's Erin Yang and I'm a rising junior at Mission San Jose HS. I've done physics and honors biology at school, and I really like bio/ecology! I've also done this really cool research program called ASDRP where you do college-level research in a team over the summer. Last year I did my research report on the conservation and management of Mexican Free-Tail bats' habitats. It was super exciting, I built some bat boxes (which are like birdhouses for bats) and I learned a lot about research. All in all, I truly enjoy researching, specifically in nature and am super excited to be teaching!

Maggie Lee

Heyo! My name is Maggie Lee and I am a rising junior at Moreau Catholic High School. In school, I have taken Honors Biology and am currently in Honors Chemistry. In middle school, I was a part of Science Olympiad, however my current school doesn't have a team. Instead, I go back to old middle school to coach their Science Olympiad team. Science is one of my favorite subjects, but we often don't realize how much more about science there is to learn beyond the usual school curriculum. I'm excited to have the opportunity to share my passion with all of you through this program!

Aishwarya Vadivelu

Hi everyone! My name is Aishwarya Vadivelu, and I am a rising junior at Cupertino High School. I have always been passionate about STEM and have actively participated in several STEM related clubs at school. I am currently taking Chemistry Honors, where I've had the opportunity to perform various experiments with laboratory equipment. I am excited to work with you and help improve your science skills!

Tiana Zhou

Hello everyone! My name is Tiana Zhou and I am a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School. I have taken Honors science courses for many years, and last year I helped tutor elementary school students for Science Olympiad. This year, I am taking Honors Chemistry in school, and I am self studying AP Biology. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Aditi Aswin

Hey guys! My name is Aditi Aswin, and I'm a freshman at Cupertino High School. Science has always been my favorite subject at school because there's so much you can learn by exploring and doing hands-on activities rather than just reading and taking notes from textbook. I'm really excited to help you guys along your scientific journey and hope that by the end of our class, you will have grown to appreciate science he way I have!

Ethan Liu

Hi, My Name is Ethan Liu and I'm a freshman at Monta Vista High School. I am very interested in this topic, and would like to show to kids that this is a really interesting topic.

Tanvi Waghela

Hi! My name is Tanvi Waghela and I’m a rising junior at Fremont High School. I'm currently taking Physics Honors at my high school and will be taking AP Physics Mechanics next year. I have always enjoyed science mainly because of the fun experiments you can do. I also participated in many science fairs and science competitions since I was in elementary. I can't wait to teach all of you and I'm very excited to meet all of you in class!

Vivan Waghela

Hi Everyone! My name is Vivan Waghela and I am a rising Sophomore at Fremont High School. I am taking Physics honors next year, while I am currently taking Biology (required for Freshman). Physics is a very interesting topic because of all the cool and fun experiments you can do. Hope to see you all in the program!

Aditi Venkatraman

Hi everyone! My name is Aditi Venkatraman and I am a rising junior at Prospect High School. I have always had a passion for all things science, especially when it comes to biology. Research in this field has inspired me to attend science fairs and conduct my own. I hope that after attending our classes you will have a passion for science too!

Shriya Shankar

Heyoo! My name is Shriya and I'm currently a freshman at American High School ( c/o'23 woot! ). Science has been my favorite subject for a long time, and it's given me a lens to see things in ways I never thought I would. I had great teachers along the way who helped me find my passion for science, and I can't wait to do the same with all of you :)

Divya Ramaswamy

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Clara Hinds

Hi everyone! My name is Clara Hinds and I'm a rising sophomore at Homestead high school. Science can be so much fun and I'm looking forwards to sharing that with all of you :)

Sonya Surapaneni

Hi everyone! I'm Sonya, and am a rising sophomore at The Athenian School. I have always had a deep strive to know more about science, and took physics in school this year. I look forward to teaching all of you while expanding my knowledge!!

Taylor Hu

Hi! My name is Taylor, and I am a rising junior at Cupertino High School. I enjoy learning science, and I hope you guys will find it interesting too!

Meghana Indukuri

Hello, My name is Meghana and I'm a rising junior at Monta Vista high school who's interested in physics! I have knowledge on the basics of physics, and hope I can teach others too.

Kate Jelfs

Hello, my name is Kate Jelfs and I'm a sophomore at Homestead High School. In my free time, I enjoy swimming and playing flute.

Elizabeth Wang

Hi guys! My name is Elizabeth Wang and I look forward to working with you guys!

Camelia Siadat

Hey guys! My name is Camelia and I am a rising senior at Cupertino High School! I can't wait to start classes with you guys :) I have always enjoyed science classes and I can't wait to share the joy of them with you all!

Isaias Martinez

Hello, my name is Isaias Martinez and I am a rising junior at Mark Keppel High School. I am deeply passionate about science with my favorite branches being biology and chemistry. Over the last couple of years I have taken honors biology and chemistry, competed in Science Olympiad multiple times, and been heavily involved in my school's science club. I hope that I can pass on the knowledge I know and inspire another generation of young scientists to look at the world in a new light.

Medha Trisal

Hi! My name is Medha Trisal and I am a rising senior at Cupertino High School. I have completed several advanced science courses, including AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and will be taking AP Physics 1 senior year. I have always enjoyed studying the various scientific relationships between us and the world, and look forward to teaching you all about it!

Joel Elangovan

Hi guys! I'm Joel Elangovan, a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. I've loved science for almost as long as I can remember. My favorite topics are chemistry and biology. I had a really good biology teacher this year and I hope I can be a good one too!

Misha Bandi

Hi everyone! My name is Misha and I am a rising junior at Cupertino High School. I'm so excited to start classes with you all and teach science as it has always been one of my favorite subjects!

Abby Melton

Hi! My name is Abby Melton, and I'm a junior in high school. I love science, and I'm looking forward to teaching and sharing my love for it with others!

Jay Wang

Hey! My name is Jay Wang and I am a rising Senior at Mark Keppel High School. I have taken numerous honors Science courses throughout high school including Biology and Chemistry. Additionally, I have been a member of my school’s Science Olympiad team as well as an officer in my school’s Science Club. For as long as I can remember, science has been one of my favorite subjects in school, and I hope I can make it your favorite too!

Tejas Polu

Hi guys, I am Tejas Polu, a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. I've always had an interest in science and wanted to share my passion with others. I'm really excited to teach you guys!

Kristin Siri Pintu

Hey! My name is Kristin Sirippu and I am an upcoming Junior at Cupertino High School. I hope to really spark a huge interest in to science for everyone because this is my favorite subject and I hope it can be yours as well. I hope we can work really well together on your journey!

Riya Ravuri

Hi there! My name is Riya Ravuri and I am a rising junior at Monta Vista High School. I have been interested in science for a long time and have explored this interest in many ways, including courses, programs, and internships. I'm excited to use my knowledge to help others explore this field!

Krittika Iyengar

Hi guys! My name is Krittika Iyengar. I am an upcoming sophomore at HHS. I am really excited to have the opportunity to be able to help upcoming students take the interest I have for the study of science. Science or more specifically, biology is the reason for my career path, the subject motivated to pursue medicine. Being able to teach at YAPA gives me the hopeful idea I can enhance the interest for those who are mildly interested in sciences and make it more fun and educational!

Shruti Nene

Hey! My Name is Shruti Nene. I am a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. I am so excited to be a part of this organization! I have always had a passion for science, and I hope to help others love science as much as I do.

Anushka Saran

Hi everyone! My name is Anushka Saran and I just graduated from Homestead High School. In high school, I took biology, chemistry honors, AP Biology, physics honors, and physiology so I have extensive experience in the sciences and I am planning on majoring in General Biology when I head to college next year! I absolutely love science and I can't wait to share my passion with you!

Rajasi Laddha

Hey! My name is Rajasi Laddha and I'm a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. I have always been interested in science and I want to major in Biomed in the future. I have taken Bio and AP Bio and am currently taking Chem Honors. I have been participating in Synopsis since middle school and Science Fair since elementary. As a result, I have extensive experience in working in chemistry, biology, and physics. I hope to share my passion with others and ignite their passion for this field.

Harshitha Marepally

Hey there! My name is Harshitha Marepally and I am a rising junior at Ravenwood High School over in Tennessee! I love science and would love even more to share my passion and foster a curiosity to explore and discover all about the world around you! Time management, organization, and dedication are skills I believe will help me help you with this class and program! Thank you and allow me to share my love of science with you!!

Sofia Vitale

Hello! My name is Sofia Vitale and I am a rising senior at Canyon Crest Academy. I have always had an interest in science for as long as I can remember. I have taken Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and I am planning to take APES. I also was planning to have an internship doing research at the Salk Institute (got canceled). I am looking forward to share my interest with others and hopefully spark their interest in the sciences.