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STEM Scene: Upcoming contests and competitions

STEM Scene: Upcoming contests and competitions

by Sally Zhu and Amruta Dharmapurikar

January 15, 2020

AMC The American Mathematics Competitions (AMCs) will take place on Thursday, January 30. The AMC 10A and AMC 12A are math contests open to all students in or below grades ten and twelve, respectively. Students answer 25 multiple choice questions for 75 minutes, and high scorers advance to fo...

Two seniors named as Regeneron scholars

Two seniors named as Regeneron scholars

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena

January 8, 2020

Seniors Cynthia Chen and Joshua Zhou were selected as top scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) from a pool of 1,993 applicants from 659 schools in 49 states. The 300 scholars chosen and their respective schools will be awarded 2,000 dollars each.   Cynthia’s research focused on using comput...

HarkerDev heads towards future

HarkerDev heads towards future

by Emily Tan, Assistant Features Editor

December 7, 2019

Standing behind the microphone in front of the student body and faculty, Bennett Liu (12), John Lynch (11), Gloria Zhu (10) and Chirag Kaushik (10), the four admins of the upper school’s software development organization HarkerDev, preview applications coming soon to the upper school, like an app ...

Medical Club hosts speakers and interactive activities in inaugural Evening of Medicine

Medical Club hosts speakers and interactive activities in inaugural Evening of Medicine

by Amruta Dharmapurikar and Brian Chen

November 14, 2019

The upper school’s Medical Club held the first-ever Evening of Medicine last Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Nichols Auditorium, featuring a variety of medical professionals as speakers and engaging activities for attendees to immerse themselves in medicine for an evening.  One of the invite...

Hurricane Dorian strikes coast: Rebuild process begins after 8 billion dollars in damages

Hurricane Dorian strikes coast: Rebuild process begins after 8 billion dollars in damages

by Anmol Velagapudi and Irene Yuan

November 9, 2019

Dorian, the latest major incident of climate change, was the most intense tropical storm on record to hit the Bahamas. Causing more than seven billion dollars in damages, it is just one of the many hurricanes and cyclones that have occurred this year. As weather changes, storms escalate and the planet ...

Top New Tech: New products unveiled for upcoming year

Top New Tech: New products unveiled for upcoming year

by Anmol Velagapudi, Reporter

September 20, 2019

 The world of tech is an everlasting process where new innovations come about to replace the old ones. With 2019 being nearly over, scientists and companies are ready to unveil their new projects within the upcoming years. Computers have since evolved from the giant containers they used to be held in a...

New year, new sleep: understanding sleep cycles in the transition back into school mode

New year, new sleep: understanding sleep cycles in the transition back into school mode

by Arya Maheshwari and Erica Cai

August 30, 2019

Drowsy eyes and long yawns make numerous appearances at the upper school everyday, often with increased frequency around the time of final exams or capstone projects. But in these opening days of the school year, which lack most of the standard suspects for sleepless nights, the pronounced yawns and drowsi...

Mother Nature’s snow cone

Mother Nature’s snow cone

by Erica Cai and Catherine Feng

August 30, 2019

Despite the brutal heat of summer, snow exists during this season at elevations above 9,500 feet in Yosemite National Park, but its appearance may not be what people expect: instead of the powdery white goodness often seen on mountaintops, this snow has a startling pink hue.  This strange phen...

Science internship introduces high schoolers to research

Science internship introduces high schoolers to research

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Muthu Panchanatham

August 30, 2019

Whether they are traveling all over the world or are at home studying for the August SATs, Harker students do a variety of different activities over the duration of summer vacation. For sixteen high schoolers in particular, their break was spent at the Summer Internship Program (SIP), an eight-week lo...

Neural Networks at Harker: a Quadrennial Spectacle

Neural Networks at Harker: a Quadrennial Spectacle

by Jessie Wang, Senior Copy Editor

August 30, 2019

Post-AP Computer Science electives at Harker are offered on a four-year rotating basis, and cover such topics as Computer  Architecture and Expert Systems. This year, Harker is offering ATCS: Neural Networks. It’s a semester course with a pre- or co- requisite of Calculus and a prerequisite of APCS: DS ...

Harker students organize Opportunity X science fair to showcase middle schoolers’ projects

Harker students organize Opportunity X science fair to showcase middle schoolers’ projects

by Arely Sun, Reporter

June 4, 2019

Students of Opportunity X, a student-founded program that teaches students at underprivileged schools about science research, gathered in the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library community center to share their projects at the program’s first science fair on May 25. The participants had been working...

Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

by Lucy Ge, Reporter

May 26, 2019

The first version of the measles vaccine was developed over half a century ago by John Enders who, in 1963, successfully created the vaccine out of a specific strain of measles. Measles was reported eliminated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2000. Yet with upward...

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