Coolest Robot from San Marin Robotics Team and a Smart Dad

I am fortunately enough to be one of San Marin High School (Novato, Marin County, CA) Robotics Club, Penguin Empire team‘s mentors.

This rookie team won the 2nd place in the First Robotics Compeitition (FRC) Davis Regional event in March, 2008; an exciting event – Check out the Video; can’t blame me for being excited about what our students could do.

The chief mentor, Dave, in search of inspriring Robotics videos for the students and mentors alike, came upon a video of this robot. Thought you’d all love it.

The Coolest Robot Ever! is the title of the email from Dave; and I would have to agree with him. Anybody with kids should have one and Duke would definitely want one!

Four Marin Schools Selected as 2008 California Distinquished Schools



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Four Marin Schools have been selected as the 2008 California ‘Distinguished Schools’ by the California State Department of Education.  

The newly minted Distinguished schools in Marin are Lu Sutton and Rancho elementary schools in Novato, Ross School in Ross and Bayside Elementary School in the Sausalito Marin City School District.

Only 343 of the states 5,250 elementary schools received the honor in 2008, which recognizes the schools’ test schools and other improvements.

 Marin county schools are voted by Forbes Magazine as being the best public schools for the money in 2007 among 775 counties studied.   

While Novato is voted as the most affordable town in California by Business Week


Novato selected as Best Affordable Suburbs in California by Business Week

Partridge Knolls under Mt. Burdell

My home town, Novato, the north most suburb in Marin county, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, has just earned the distinction of the “Best Affordable Suburbs in California in 2007” from Business Week.

 We have lived in Novato for the past 10 years, and I can attest to the Marin IJ Article “Novato a ‘besaffordable’ town”

When you drive towards Novato from 101, you will go through a section of 101 framed by breathtaking hills on both sides of the highway.  Then the hills open up to unveil Novato.

Look around, there are open spaces all over with many hiking/biking trails, Rush creek is near by with dedicated marsh area for local birds and wildlife.  Indian Valley, Green Point, Black Point are all famous for the surrounding view and horse properties; Marin Country club has a warm micro climate, again surrounded and protect by hills; Stafford Lake holds annual Rock and Blues By the Lake, Labor Day Fire Work and many other local events;  renovated Old Town hosts farmers market, local festivals and plenty of specialty boutiques; Vintage Oak offers discounted shopping attracts buyers from around the county,  There is even one of the best dog parks in Novato.  These are just a few of the distinct areas in Novato.

The schools are outstanding, with many excellent, distinctive and diversify programs offered.  There are several charter shools, GATE program, alternative teaching methods, etc.  There are some of the best performing arts programs at different school levels as well as sports, Academy, visual arts and challenging Honors and AP programs for students with different needs and wants.  Outdoor activities are plentiful – Hiking, Biking, several golf courses, tennis clubs (private and public), horseback riding, boating; Novato is also minutes away from west Marin and other bay area beaches.

The choice is unlimited.  Give me a call when you are in town; come and check it out.