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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

This illustration represents the podcast Research Revelations, which spotlights student researchers with staff members.

Research Revelations Episode 1: Microplastics in fish with Aeliya Grover

by Ella Yee and Selina Xu May 2, 2022

This is the first installment of Research Revelations: Conversations with Our Student Researchers, a podcast where Aquila staff members talk to student researchers about their projects and research goals....

Climate strike attendees wave their signs and flags in the air on their way to Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Friday. Upon their arrival, the group formed a semicircle in the plaza to listen to various speeches from people involved with stopping climate change.

Pulse of the People: Youth demand environmental action at local climate strike

by Sabrina Zhu, Kinnera Mulam, and Sally Zhu April 27, 2022

Ten upper school students attended the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike 2022 for a march and speeches in downtown San Jose on Friday, Earth Day, at 4 p.m.  Green Team members and Green Team...

Leisha Devisetti (11) purchases boba from Green Team during lunch last Friday. The club sold the drinks in front of Manzanita Hall on Monday and Friday.

Green Team relaunches ‘Buy Better Boba’ initiative during Earth Week

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor April 26, 2022

Additional reporting by Kinnera Mulam and Katelyn Zhao. Green Team sold bubble tea in reusable jars and straws in front of Manzanita Hall during lunch last Tuesday and Friday as part of its “Buy Better...

A Rotten Robbie gas station sign displays the increased prices for gas in San Jose, California, on March 25. Californias current average gas price is $5.689 and had a price peak on March 29 at $5.919.

Global Reset: Escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict takes heavy toll on environment, calls attention to security of clean energy

by Kinnera Mulam and Sabrina Zhu April 25, 2022

The war between Russia and Ukraine poses threats to the environment in both the war zones and in countries with economic ties to Russia as nations scramble to compensate for the lack of Russian materials. The...

WiSTEM club member Michelle Jin (11) pours water into a cup of magic sand. WiSTEM officers and members organized the Research Symposium under the guidance of club adviser and upper school science department chair Anita Chetty.

Student researchers, keynote speakers present at WiSTEM Club’s annual Research Symposium

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor April 25, 2022

The upper school’s Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club hosted the 16th annual Research Symposium, themed "STEM Will Save Us," in-person, on April 16 for the first time in two years. At Symposium, over 50...

Hacking groups have attacked both Ukrainian and Russian government websites, bringing a new era of cyber warfare. Along with other misinformation on the internet, cyber warfare tactics pose a rising threat to civilian lives.

A new generation of warfare

by Arjun Barrett, Asst. STEM Editor April 12, 2022

In a room lit only by the glow of my laptop, I stare intently at a dark terminal window full of tiny white text. Esoteric phrases like “ncat” and “ssh” clutter the screen alongside various scripts...

The upper school has various systems in place to combat climate change, including solar panels, moisture meters, and bubbler sprinklers. Native California plants and animal pollinators also thrive on the campus.

Upper school campus continues conservation efforts

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor April 11, 2022

Water droplets on a native Californian cactus. Dark gray moisture meters sticking out of wet soil. Glistening solar panels on the roof of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC). These are all symbols...

Blue dicks on ___. Dipterostemnon capitatus require fires or other periodic disturbances to maintain its populations.

Wildlife watch: Spring wildflowers to look out for

by Nicholas Wei, HoH Managing Editor April 11, 2022

As spring unfolds, tiny hidden gems dot California’s renowned golden hills, now green with new life. Walking through our chaparral slopes and forests, one needs only to look more closely between blades...

Assistant professor Anand Natarajan (09) teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. He first discovered his love for science as a child and explored his passion at the high school level with clubs and advanced classes.

Blooming from the STEM: Anand Natarajan (‘09) dives into quantum computing

by Olivia Xu and Brandon Zau March 28, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Blooming from the STEM: Anand Natarajan (‘09) Imagine that you and I are on the opposite sides of the galaxy, and you perform an operation on yourself. Now, imagine...

Eighth-grader Tiffany Zhu listens to the panel event during the Harker Programming Invitational (HPI) on Mar. 13. Middle and high school students participated in HPI virtually.

Programming Club hosts annual Harker Programming Invitational with ‘Space & CS’ theme

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor March 25, 2022

The Harker Programming Club hosted the annual Harker Programming Invitational (HPI) on March 13. The event consisted of a two-hour-long algorithmic coding contest followed by a presentation by Dr....

Adrian Liu (10) works on his project with help from Jonathan Zhang (10). Adrian plans to present his research
on biopolymer drug delivery for fibrosis treatment at the annual Research Symposium, which is organized by the WiSTEM (Women in STEM) club.

Students attend and prepare for annual research events despite COVID-19 restrictions

by Sabrina Zhu and Kinnera Mulam March 22, 2022

Upper school students competed in the annual Synopsys Science & Technology Championship on March 10. Meanwhile, Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Club is currently preparing for the annual Research Symposium...

Co-community officer Aeliya Grover (10) observes the students draw. The Future Problem Solvers club visited lower school on Feb. 22.

Future Problem Solvers promote plastic recycling through poster-making with lower school students

by Katelyn Zhao, Co-Asst. Sports Editor March 13, 2022

Community officers from the Future Problem Solvers (FPS) club met with Harker lower school students to create and design posters about the harms of plastic after school on Feb. 22. Led by co-community...

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