Category Archives: Science

Roofs remain bare at CHS in light of solar availability

When the sun beams down upon the CHS campus, I cannot help but find myself contemplating the inordinate amount of light energy that goes to waste. It almost seems a…

California condors soar above all odds

Soaring above a windswept ridgeline in the Santa Lucia mountains, a California condor searches for carrion. Ten-foot wings sport striking patches of white, and a bald orange head becomes apparent…

Carmel mining history holds truths for past & present

Whether it’s high academic achievement or popularity with his peers, senior Benek Robertson is well known for many things, though hiking to abandoned mines is usually not one of them….

Hoverboards of ‘Back to the Future’ now a reality

Video rental stores nationwide—all six of them—were jam-packed as people celebrated “Back to the Future” day, Oct. 21, 2015, the day to which Marty McFly travels in the future in…

Inside the life of CUSD’s mysterious tech coach

Colin Matheson, the Carmel Unified School District’s professional development coordinator and web master has, for the past eight years, contributed considerably to CUSD’s development through the spread and use of…

Native landscaping springs education into full bloom

A faint buzz fills the spring air in the Carmel Middle School bee garden. A light breeze stirs the California poppies, and the fall of footsteps startles an alligator lizard…

Call of the wild beckons students, staff to local hikes

“It’s California, man. There’s good weather and good places to hike.” And, as this laid-back motto of math teacher Mike Deckelmann demonstrates, Carmel’s Central Coast location is perfect for taking…

The diverse underwater life of Monastery Beach

Mike Guardino’s truck slips into the gravel pull-off, and we start assembling the SCUBA rigs. From years of local experience, the CHS science teacher knows better than anybody the great…

Fantastic flora and fauna found in your p

The Central Coast of California is world-famous for its unique natural beauty: dramatic oceanside cliffs, golden rolling hills, pristine redwood forests and a diverse marine sanctuary that encompasses gigantic kelp…

Carmel Valley hosts obscure piece of space history

Hidden amongst the golden hills of Carmel Valley next to Cachagua—placed there to reduce interference waves—is a little-known local gem with a historical significance of literally astronomical proportions: the Jamesburg…