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STEM classes embrace technology to adapt to online learning

Students in Dr. Adler's Multivariable calculus class use Mathematica, a tool capable of visualizing, analyzing and manipulating complex graphs among other functionalities, to graph three-dimensional curves. Students also use the software for long-form projects to better understand more difficult topics.

by Nicholas Wei, Humans of Harker Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

As the upper school continues in remote fashion for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, teachers of STEM classes have adopted new teaching methodologies while adapting old ones in order to create a productive learning environment.   Well aware of the importance of student engagement, teachers hav...

Jeffrey Kwan (‘20) participates in the 2020 International Math Olympiad

Jeffrey Kwan (’20) has been involved in math ever since he was in elementary school, frequently competing in olympiads and serving as math club president. He especially enjoys problem solving and finding patterns between different areas of math.

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor

October 9, 2020

On Sept. 21 and 22, the 61st annual International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was held virtually, with Jeffrey Kwan (‘20) participating as one of six students representing the United States. Jeffrey received a Silver medal at the IMO, and the United States placed third after China and Russia. The ...

California struck by record wildfire season

The Bay Area Sky turned shades of orange and yellow due to the fires ravaging the state. Over 3.1 million acres of land have burned since the start of the year.

by Mark Hu and Arya Maheshwari

October 3, 2020

Fires have swept across California with over 3.7 million acres in land burned, as of October 3. The state has been dealing with the lasting effects of a harsh heatwave that prompted the California Independent System Operator (ISO), which oversees the state’s electric power system, to declare a temporar...

SARS-CoV-2 vaccines continue Phase 3 trials, testing

In the United States, three companies — Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca — have been conducting Phase 3 trials for a coronavirus vaccine. Phase 3 trials are the last step before a vaccine can be approved, with 30,000 volunteers participating in a study testing the efficacy of each vaccine.

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Managing Editor

September 28, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to expand, scientists around the globe are racing to develop and test an effective vaccine that can be approved for widespread use. In the United States, three companies — Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca — have been conducting Phase 3 trials. Phase 3 trials are the last step before a vaccine can be approved, with 30,000 volunteers participating in a study testing the e...

Girls Programming League held virtually for the first time

Girls Programming League (GPL) team officers and participants meet in a Zoom room for the awards ceremony. This year, the GPL event was held virtually due to concerns about COVID-19.

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu

September 25, 2020

Zoom breakout room “Byte the Dust” is filled with three middle school girls. They excitedly discuss the potential algorithms that can solve one of the problems, before one of them begins sharing her screen. The other two watch eagerly as she opens IntelliJ, an integrated development environment (IDE), ...

Stem Scene: Sept. 22

Stem Scene: Sept. 22

by Anmol Velagapudi, Mark Hu, and Sriya Batchu

September 22, 2020

Astronomy Club The Upper School Astronomy Club held two guest speaker sessions with a Q&A with Dr. Eugene Chiang from UC Berkeley on Sept. 4th and a talk with Dr. Bruce Macintosh from the Stanford Kali Institute on Sept. 9. Dr. Chiang spoke about his experience as an astronomer, and Dr. Macintosh talked about his rese...

Students’ summer research continues despite new difficulties, Harker research classes adapt to online environment

University of California, Santa Cruz, was one of the few universities that modified their Summer Internship Program, a summer research program for high schoolers, to an online format. As most opportunities moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students found new research opportunities, either through virtual labs or on their own at home.

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor

September 1, 2020

Upper school students conducted science research during the summer despite new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though several popular research programs like the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) and the Research Science Institute (RSI) were canceled d...

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...

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