April 2017
Issue 10

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SSCA friends and family enjoy a picnic at Braly Park
Guests and volunteers share food under the cherry blossoms at Braly Park on March 25th.
A Perfect Day for a Picnic

Blue skies after a week of clouds and rain. What a miracle! On Saturday March 25th the Sunnyvale Sister City Association held the 2nd annual HANAMI at Braly Park, the site of more than 20 Iizuka-donated cherry blossom trees. This year 40 people attended the potluck, which took place under the fully bloomed trees. Though still young, each tree carried many blossoms, and I look forward to seeing how they grow between now and next year.
Robot car used in the class
On the last day of class students programmed their robots to move to a specific location and stop. This robot successfully completed the challenge.
First Programming Lessons
BY RYUHKI ANDREWS SUZUKI, Robot Programming Class participant

I am a 10th grade student at Homestead High School. I had no programming experience before joining the Robot Programming Class, but applied anyway because I wanted to give programming a try. If I had to judge the program, I'd say it was great. Our Japanese instructor taught us the basics of programming using the mRuby programming language. His teaching style was easy to understand and I liked how quickly a beginner like me was able to program a robot car to move.
Professor Tanaka and Takayuki Nonaka help Sunnyvale students
Professor Tanaka and Takayuki Nonaka give hands-on advice to Robot Programming Class students.
A Second Round of Robots
BY JACK EWBANK, SSCA Innovative Program Manager

This March we held our second robotics class. Like the first, programming students from Iizuka visited Sunnyvale to teach an introductory robotics class to interested students. This year we opened the program to more schools, and Professor Kazuaki Tanaka came with his students to help teach. Changing the robot and the programming software we use made teaching easier, and should make it easier for the kids to continue programming on their own. I learned a lot myself, and I'm looking forward to applying it to make the third class even better.

Thanks again Kazuaki, Takayuki, Saika and Tatsuki!
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Takayuki Nonaka prepares to enjoy a traditional American breakfast.
Three Days with Takayuki

This March during the SSCA's robotics class my family hosted Nonaka Takayuki, a Japanese student. We knew Takayuki wanted to experience American culture during his first visit to the US, so we obliged him. The first night was an American steakhouse. Many photos ensued.

After Saturday's robotics class we ordered pizza, played cards and showed Takayuki Dr. Strange in English. Sunday morning, pancakes! Then shopping for board games before robotics class. The children raced their cars, and kept them after. It was a very good experience for our family, and hopefully for Takayuki.
Thank You
BY REIKO EMMI-ELKINS, SSCA Sponsor Relations Manager

Every summer the Sunnyvale Sister City Association sends local middle and high schoolers to visit Iizuka, Japan. We arrange the trip, and the families pay for it. Starting this year the SSCA will offer scholarships to ensure that every Sunnyvale student that wants to visit our Japanese sister city, can.

These scholarships and our other programs are possible thanks to our sponsors and donors. We'd like to thank all of our supporters: because of you this year will be even more exciting than last year. Thank you for making all of this possible.

Individual donations are handled through our website. Please visit our Sponsor Page and click "Donate", then follow the instructions on the following page.
Minor Foundation
Sunnyvale Rotary Club
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Volunteers Wanted
SSCA is looking for volunteers to help with our activities. If you are passionate about contributing to the community, please send a message to

Current opportunities:
  • Program Manager for Student Exchange Program
  • Program Manager for Sunnyvale City
  • Want to help with something else? Let us know!
We Need Sponsors
As a completely volunteer-run non-profit organization (501c3), the Sunnyvale Sister City Association (SSCA) is looking for sponsors. The SSCA has three levels of sponsorship: GOLD ($2,000 per year), SILVER ($1,000 per year), and BRONZE ($500 per year). Please help us continue to offer dynamic events to the community and support Sunnyvale’s future generations. If you are interested, please send a message to
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