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Hands-on, ready for robots: New robotics members start preparing for build season

Aditi Vinod (11) shows Rohan Rashingkar (10) how to design a robot piece.

by Isha Moorjani and Sabrina Zhu

November 18, 2019

A group of young engineers gather around a table on a Thursday afternoon in early November, wearing clear goggles and curious looks. They observe closely as Chloe Affaki (11), Machining Director of Harker Robotics, drills one centimeter holes into a metal plate, carefully showing the precise movements. Every...

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

Dr. Lawrence Fung speaks during a panel at the Evening of Medicine event hosted by the upper school Medical Club last Friday. The panel Q&A consisted of three Stanford doctors: Dr. Lawrence Fung, a psychiatrist; Dr. Zachary Vaughn, an orthopedic surgeon; and Dr. Lisa Zaba, a dermatologist.

by Amruta Dharmapurikar and Brian Chen

November 15, 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 hit the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas on Aug. 24.

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

Pink-colored snow melts on a mountain at Yosemite National Park. Pink color is formed by a snow algae called chlamydomonas nivalis, which uses a pigment to protect itself from harsh UV rays found at high altitudes.

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

Teresa Cai (10) conducts a chemistry experiment under a fume hood at UCSC. Sixteen Harker students participated in the Summer Internship Program.

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 ...

Climate change: “The existential crisis of our time”

The logistics team brainstorms how to get students to Diridon, the starting place of the Sept. 20 climate strike.

by Eric Fang, Mark Hu, Nina Gee, and Saloni Shah

August 30, 2019

Youth demand climate action  The sidewalk outside the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel was flooded with yellow. Last Friday, over 250 young people protested outside of the hotel, where the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting was being held. They carried yellow posters with words li...

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

Middle schooler Ben Lee explains his project to Alice Feng (9). He explored the properties of prisms.

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...

The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal

by Arya Maheshwari, Varsha Rammohan, Lucy Ge, and Michael Eng

April 27, 2019

The icecaps are melting. Wildfires and polar vortices are breaking out. The ocean is acidifying. Category 5 hurricanes are ripping through the U.S. seemingly every year. In the face of looming disaster, the Green New Deal (GND) attempts to address the increasingly detrimental effects of climate change. ...

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