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SpaceX partners with NASA to send American astronauts to space

An illustration depicting Falcon 9 launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. The spacecraft was designed and created by SpaceX, a private American aerospace company based in Hawthorne, California.

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu

June 2, 2020

SpaceX, a private American space manufacturing company, sent two NASA astronauts into space on Saturday in a launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, marking the first time that NASA has sent humans into space from American soil since 2011. The Falcon 9’s booster successfully landed on the autonomo...

COVID-19 testing and treatments explained: Cases ramp up as researchers race to find sustainable cures

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a test kit in February, during the early stages of the outbreak, but it proved to be faulty. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March that it would begin to issue Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) to clinical laboratories and commercial manufacturers that have produced tests that are screened by the FDA before their distribution and use.

by Mark Hu, Katie Wang, and Nicholas Wei

May 20, 2020

As COVID-19 infections continue to spread across the nation, hospitals across Santa Clara Valley are taking measures to increase the number of resources available for patients, including ventilators and hospital beds, as researchers search for a vaccine, a long term solution to the virus.  Commercial and academic laboratories throughout the Bay Area are faci...

STEM Scene: Upper school clubs continue activities in quarantine

STEM Scene: Upper school clubs continue activities in quarantine

by Tiffany Chang, TALON Reporter

May 4, 2020

With COVID-19 pushing everyone to pioneer alternatives for events made unfeasible by shelter-in-place, upper school STEM clubs have risen to the challenge. Despite the inability to continue hands-on activities or hold on-site events, clubs are managing to stay active through a variety of innovative events ...

Upper school cafeteria limits self-served food items to limit the spread of COVID-19, among other local health measures

The condiment bar in Fresh Mex in the auxiliary gym was closed last Friday as kitchen staff worked to implement a

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu

March 9, 2020

The upper school has recently removed self-serve food stations to reduce extra student contact with food due to concerns over the coronavirus.  As of March 6, the salad and fruit bar in Manzanita and Fresh Mex’s condiment station, which includes guacamole and various salsas, in the auxiliary gym now ...

Upper school hosts annual Harker Programming Invitational with extra precautions due to coronavirus concerns

A hand sanitizer station stands at the registration table for the Harker Programming Invitational. Extra hygienic precautions were taken this year due to concerns over the coronavirus.

by Sabrina Zhu, Anna Vazhaeparambil, and Mark Hu

March 8, 2020

Three students huddle around a table in the Nichols atrium, speaking in hushed voices together as their eyes focus on the problem set in front of them. One picks up a pencil and begins drawing out a list of numbers on the page, attempting to explain a potential solution to his teammates.  After th...

Annual Synopsys science fair goes virtual in response to concerns over coronavirus spread

Ellen Guo (12) presents her project to a judge at the 2018 Synopsys Science Fair.  The fair has gone virtual in response to the CDC's advisory against mass gatherings.

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu

March 6, 2020

The annual Synopsys Science & Technology Championship, which features work from students in Santa Clara Valley, is going virtual due to concerns over the coronavirus.  The competition has been held annually at the San Jose Convention Center, but for precautionary reasons, the Santa Clara Vall...

Upper school science bowl team wins regional competition

Members of the winning Science Bowl team pose with coach and upper school chemistry teacher Robbie Korin. The team won its third regional championship in four years.

by Mark Hu, Winged Post STEM Editor

February 24, 2020

The Department of Energy’s regional science bowl took place at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on Feb. 8, and the upper school science bowl A team was crowned champions remaining undefeated in competition. They will now represent the Bay Area at the National Science Bowl held in W...

Fighting fire: Australia battles blazing bushfires in war against climate change

Smoke fills the sky near the property of middle school math teacher Margaret Huntley's sister on the outskirts of the capital city of Canberra. Bushfire smoke consists of water vapor, various-sized particles and toxic gases like nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide.

by Emily Tan and Brian Chen

February 4, 2020

26.9 million acres burned. More than 3,000 homes destroyed. 33 deaths, including nine firefighters, as of Jan. 31, according to the Crisis Coordination Center of the Australian government. And over one billion bird, mammal, and reptile deaths, according to the Australian Academy of Science. This is th...

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

Seniors Cynthia Chen and Joshua Zhou, the 2020 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

The four Harker Dev admins, Gloria Zhu (10), Chirag Kaushik (10), Ben-
nett Liu (12) and John Lynch (11), give an announcement at school meeting. They

presented their new developments, including a platform to streamline announcements.

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 ...

#TeamTrees raises environmental awareness

by Mark Hu and Nina Gee

November 18, 2019

A large black number hovers momentarily at 19,999,966 on a live YouTube subscriber count and suddenly spikes past 20 million; James “Jimmy” Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, has just reached 20 million subscribers on YouTube. The ensuing torrent of comments and Reddit posts all prompt him to do...

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