STEM Scene: Dec. 13

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor


Provided by Saloni Shah

From the week of Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club had their club week to gain exposure with more students and to promote their organization. Throughout the week, club members participated in engaging discussions and interacted with the invited members of the Alumni Panel and Anatomage Speaker Panel.

Online science competitions

Nicole Tian

Multiple national level STEM competitions have confirmed moving to online for the 2021 year, including the F=ma physics exam, the United States of America Biology Olympiad (USABO) Open exam, and the American Math Contest (AMC) 10 and 12, due to precautions for COVID-19. Harker students have begun registration for the olympiads, which will take place in early 2021.


Michelle Liu

On Dec. 13, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 with SiriusXM’s SXM-7 satellite from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This launch was the Falcon 9’s seventh flight, and it came following the explosion of SpaceX’s Starship SN8 prototype in South Texas last week, technology that the company hopes to deploy in the future to allow humans to make regular trips to Mars.   

Slack purchase

Nicole Tian

San Francisco-based cloud software company Salesforce recently acquired Slack in a 27.7 billion dollar deal. Slack’s market cap was approximately 24 billion at the time of the purchase, with the deal placing Slack at a premium, as it was carried out in half cash and half stock. Immediately after talks between the two companies were reported, Slack’s stock rose approximately 38%, falling in the days since to about 42.24 per share as of Sunday morning.