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Moral dilemmas arise with new self-driving cars and advanced artificial intelligence

Moral dilemmas arise with new self-driving cars and advanced artificial intelligence

by Srinath Somasundaram, Opinions Editor

September 3, 2018

In October 2017, a bill titled the “AV Start Act,” designed to remove some restrictions on the operation of self-driving car technology, unanimously passed the Senate Commerce Committee in a significant legislative step forward for the future of autonomous technologies. Backing to bring the bill to a vote stalled ...

Harker teams win awards at national TEAMS competition

Harker's first place team poses with their trophy. The competition was held from June 22 to 25.

by Helen Yang, Columnist

September 3, 2018

Two teams of upper school students won in several categories of the national Test for Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition from June 22 to 25 in Atlanta. This year, TEAMS proposed “Engineering a Greener World” as the annual theme. The competition challenges middl...

Remedying video game toxicity: Can the new incentives in “Overwatch” get the job done?

Remedying video game toxicity: Can the new incentives in

by Arya Maheshwari, STEM Editor

September 3, 2018

“We often talk about ways to punish players who are behaving poorly and it’s not very exciting to a lot of us,” Jeff Kaplan, the lead designer of the Blizzard Entertainment video game “Overwatch,” started in his developer update for early June. “I think, more often than not, players are beh...

Trump’s administration rescinds previous environmental plans, alters emissions

Trump's administration rescinds previous environmental plans, alters emissions

by Irina Malyugina and Tiffany Wong, Reporter and Aquila News Editor

May 14, 2018

In recent years, federal and state governments in the U.S. have initiated the switch towards using renewable energy sources and regulating emissions, passing pieces of legislature such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which used financial incentives such as loan guarantees to motivate states to combat en...

Dialectic: Is deleting Facebook useful?

by Arya Maheshwari and Rose Guan

May 14, 2018

In our recurring Dialectics, two authors with contrasting viewpoints discuss an issue of prominence in the local or broader community. We hope to use these multiple view stop provoke deeper thought among the student body and help readers explore new perspectives. Recently, Facebook revealed that it h...

AI-themed research symposium draws crowds

A parent tests a virtual reality headset in the Nichols atrium.

by Farah Hosseini and Rose Guan

May 14, 2018

The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math club (WiSTEM), along with parent outreach volunteers, Harker staff and other clubs including Research Club, held the 13th annual Research Symposium, themed after artificial intelligence, across campus on April 14. Over 900 people attended...

Elementary! Find compounds in a chemical word search

Elementary! Find compounds in a chemical word search

by Derek Yen

May 14, 2018

This puzzle is a combination of a word search and a crossword puzzle. Like as in a word search, there is a grid of letter (elemental symbols) in a jumbled grid. Only some of these letter when isolated can form real words (chemical compounds). Like in a word search, the same atom can be used multiple...

Tech Talk

by Kathy Fang, Photo editor

May 14, 2018

NASA and SpaceX launched the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite (TESS) on April 18, whose mission is to investigate exoplanets that may be capable of supporting life in a sky area 400 times larger than the Kepler mission launched in 2009.   British and American scientists di...

STEM Scene

STEM Scene

by Kathy Fang, Photo editor

May 14, 2018

The upper school Science Bowl team competed at the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C., after having won the regional competition in February.   A team of upper school students presented their projects at the California State Science Fair at Los Angeles from April 23 to 24...

Green High Schools Challenge encourages environmental awareness

Green Team members Karen Krause (11), Satchi Thockchom (12) and Anvi Banga (10) announce the results of this year's Bay Area High Schools Challenge.

by Vivian Jin, Reporter

May 5, 2018

Upper school students recently participated in the Green High Schools Challenge against Pinewood School and The Nueva Upper School for Green Team’s Club Week. The challenge, implemented through JouleBug’s app, Shine, started at 8:00 a.m. on Apr. 16 and lasted until 12:00 p.m. on Ap. 23. Student...

Robotics win in world championship subdivision marks historic season

The Harker Robotics Team poses next to their robot after winning the Roebling subdivision. The FIRST Robotics Competition took place from Apr. 18 to 21 in Houston, Texas.

by Anika Rajamani, Reporter

May 1, 2018

The Upper School Robotics team won the Roebling subdivision alongside three alliance partners at the 2018 International FIRST Robotics Competition from Apr. 18 to 21 in Houston, Texas. Seniors Aria Coalson, Sunny Jayam and Pat Zhong; juniors Ryan Adolf, Carl Gross, Rahul Goyal, Christopher Leafst...

Research Symposium spotlights artificial intelligence

Attendees explore booths hosted by student researchers, clubs, tech companies and WiSTEM volunteers. This year's Symposium theme focused on artificial intelligence.

by Saloni Shah and Anna Vazhaeparambil

April 23, 2018

The upper school hosted its annual Research Symposium on Apr. 14, featuring both student and guest speakers, interactive booths and exhibits sponsored by various companies. WiSTEM, who was in charge of organizing the Symposium, decided the theme (“The Artificial Intelligence Revolution”), orga...

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