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Siemens Competition extends deadline in light of natural disasters

Siemens Competition extends deadline in light of natural disasters

by Katherine Zhang, STEM Editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

The Siemens Competition announced this morning that it would be extending its deadline to Sept. 25, six days after the original deadline, in order to accommodate for students in areas affected by recent natural disasters. "We wish to remain sensitive to all students, families and communities affect...

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft to descend into Saturn’s atmosphere

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft to descend into Saturn’s atmosphere

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, currently traveling on course to Saturn, will end its 13-year trip around the planet and its moons by descending into the Saturn’s atmosphere early Friday morning. Researchers at NASA hope to determine whether or not the Saturn’s moons—specifically Enceladus with its ...

Tip of the iceberg

Tip of the iceberg

by Katherine Zhang, STEM Editor

September 8, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

This year marked a change in attitudes towards climate change - no longer is it an issue of the future. As evidenced by the urgency of the Paris climate accord, leaders and legislators have followed scientists and activists in tackling the threat of climate change. The questions that remain concern h...

Summer research brings new opportunities

Summer research brings new opportunities

by Vijay Bharadwaj and Anjay Saklecha

September 8, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

Students partook in various research projects over the past summer, working in internship programs and participating in research. “I worked on finding driver mutations for the alternative lengthening of telomerase pathways in cancer cells,” Rahul Bhethanabotla (12), who took part in the UC San...

Tech Talk

Tech Talk

by Anika Rajamani, Reporter

September 8, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

Shard Virtual Reality Slide Wikimedia Commons The View from The Shard recently unveiled two virtual reality experiences, introducing this technology to entertainment. Standing at 1016 feet, the Shard is a skyscraper located in Southwark, London. Visitors are strapped into a custom-built motion platform which has been planned perfectly to simulate the movement in the VR...

STEM Scene

STEM Scene

by Anika Rajamani and Katherine Zhang

September 8, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

HARKER Siemens Provided by Siemens Foundation Research reports for the 2017 Siemens Competition are due on Sept. 19. Reports must be submitted on topics in the following fields: mathematics, engineering, biological and physical sciences. Social and behavioral science research projects are not e...

Solar eclipse sweeps across America

Solar eclipse sweeps across America

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

Two minutes of awe were all that observers were hoping for when they tuned in to the skies on Aug. 21 to witness the Great American Eclipse, the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since 1979. Individuals within the eclipse’s path of totality, defined as the shadow of the ...

Sophomores succeed at national TEAMS competition in Orlando

Sophomores succeed at national TEAMS competition in Orlando

by Nina Gee and Helen Yang

September 7, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

A team of Harker sophomores won several awards in the national TEAMS competition this June in Orlando, Florida. TEAMS, which stands for Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science, is a national competition for middle and high schoolers consisting of three main components: Written Essay, Pre...

Trump to back out of Paris Agreement

Trump to back out of Paris Agreement

by Tiffany Wong and Katherine Zhang

June 1, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, he announced this afternoon at the White House. “The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that a...

Scientists across the nation park experiments to protest

by Michael Sikand, Aquila Asst. News Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

On April 22 and Earth Day 2017, thousands of scientists and their supporters across the country donned their lab coats not to conduct research, but to march on Washington, DC, among other major cities, to emphasize the importance of rooting government policies in science. Organizers for this march, ...

Student-run science magazine Harker Horizon releases first issue

Student-run science magazine Harker Horizon releases first issue

by Rose Guan, Winged Post Copy Editor

May 10, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

Student-run science magazine Harker Horizon released its initial issue last week, copies of which will be sold in Manzanita during lunch this week. The issue features work from 10 current and former upper school students and 15 magazine staff members, including a debate feature on gene editing, an i...

Marches for Science held across US and world

Marches for Science held across US and world

by Derek Yen, STEM Editor

April 22, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

Advocates for unfettered science and evidence-based policy took to the streets across the world to participate in the March for Science held today, Earth Day. The March for Science is a worldwide movement that advocates for evidence-based policies, improved science education, and the free expre...

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