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STEM Scene (Volume 20, Issue 4)

STEM Scene (Volume 20, Issue 4)

by Mark Hu, Reporter

February 26, 2019

Blood moon In the late evening of Jan. 20, a super wolf blood moon occurred, according to the Nation Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Being the first full moon of the year, it was a wolf moon. It was also at its closest to the Earth, making it a supermoon. Finally, the moon passed behind the earth which projected a red hue on the moon’s surface thus cre...

Upper school students prepare for the AMC

Upper school students prepare for the AMC

by Erica Cai, Reporter

February 3, 2019

About 120 students will flow into the Nichols Atrium just before 8 a.m. next Thursday, finding their prescribed seat amid a wide array of the green fold-up chairs and wooden tables notoriously associated with major exams. At this time each year, varying combinations of nervousness and excitement ofte...

Three students named Regeneron finalists

Three students named Regeneron finalists

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

January 24, 2019

Of the 7 students named Regeneron scholars (a complete list can be found here: https://harkeraquila.com/45582/showcase/seniors-named-regeneron-scholars/), 3 of the students, seniors Ayush Alag, Natasha Maniar and Ruhi Sayana were named Regeneron 2019 Finalists on Jan. 23. Out of the 300 students who...

Freshmen researchers reflect on engineering project to test types of biodegradable material

Freshmen researchers reflect on engineering project to test types of biodegradable material

by Arya Maheshwari and Anmol Velagapudi

January 20, 2019

Attention to research at the upper school often focuses on the achievements of upperclassmen, like with the results of the recent Regeneron Science Talent Search. But research experience and success is not exclusive to only juniors and seniors: freshman Alice Feng, for her part, has already picked up...

Seniors named Regeneron scholars

Seniors named Regeneron scholars

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

January 11, 2019

Seven seniors — Ayush Alag, Cameron Jones, Natasha Maniar, Ruhi Sayana, Katherine Tian, Cindy Wang and Richard Wang — were named Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars on Wednesday. The science research competition selected 300 high school seniors in total from 1,964 entrants, awarding $2,000...

Exploring Virtual Worlds and Simulations

Exploring Virtual Worlds and Simulations

by Arya Maheshwari and Aditya Singhvi

December 10, 2018

Science fiction has long theorized about the existence of lifelike simulations, with movies like The Matrix (1999), Gamer (2009) and, most recently, Ready Player One (2018).  However, with the rise of virtual reality technology and the exponential growth of computers, many scientists and philosophers, including Elo...

The potential of Hydrogen

The potential of Hydrogen

by Sara Yen and Jessie Wang

December 8, 2018

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, transportation, mainly cars and trucks, constitutes almost 30 percent of all global warming emissions in America. When discussing alternative zero emission energy sources, most people might first think of wind or solar power, but there’s a new source ...

Keep up the progress

Keep up the progress

by Jin Tuan, STEM columnist and lifestyle editor

December 8, 2018

Scientists work hard to come up with breakthrough after breakthrough. Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising step into the future, but like any other solution proposed, they aren’t the be-all and end-all of solutions to sustainability. Hydrogen fuel, though relatively straightforward to use and cons...

Green Team hosts screening of environmental documentary

Green Team hosts screening of environmental documentary

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

November 17, 2018

The Green Team hosted a screening of the first part of the documentary, Tomorrow, on Nov. 14 in Diane Moss’ classroom to offer a unique outlook on the environmental issues that affect the planet and the feasible solutions people can implement as a response. "It is very different compared to other...

WiSTEM and Harker Horizon host speaker panel

WiSTEM and Harker Horizon host speaker panel

by Srinath Somasundaram, Opinion Editor

November 14, 2018

Four speakers answered questions about their experiences in high school, college and industry as women in STEM as part of a Horizon and WiSTEM club collaborative panel session today during lunch. The four speakers, Anooshree Sengupta, a class of ‘18 Harker alumna currently attending Stanford, Juliana...

WiSTEM holds club week to raise money and awareness for Kenyan non-profit

WiSTEM holds club week to raise money and awareness for Kenyan non-profit

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

November 13, 2018

Stacks of black shirts emblazoned with the words “STEM saves the world” surround boxes of cookies and boba tea at the WiSTEM club week table as several students crowd the array of goods, searching for something to enjoy after school. Harker’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Technol...

From California to Alaska: Human ecology comes to life

From California to Alaska: Human ecology comes to life

by Gloria Zhang, Features Editor

November 5, 2018

It was late June in North America, but Dr. Kate Schafer was dressed in brown rubber boots, windbreakers and knitted beanies. After trudging in muddy soil for hours, many on the trek were exhausted and soaked, but all was forgotten as a towering waterfall came into view. Torrential water poured downwar...

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