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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Bobby Costin (11) drops solid yeast balls into a graduated cylinder of hydrogen peroxide. Honors Biology students participated in a lab on Thursday and Friday about different enzyme properties.

Biology classes discover properties of yeast through enzyme lab

by Edward Huang, Co-STEM Editor September 20, 2022

Honors Biology classes experimented with yeast on Thursday and Friday in upper school biology teachers Eric Johnson and Michael Pistacchi’s classrooms to study the effectiveness of enzymes on different...

Using a stylus, upper school science department chair and biology teacher Anita Chetty selects certain features on the body to be visible. The table also allows the user to place labels on body organisms, view the flow of blood in the veins, and take a quiz on the anatomy of the cadaver.

Anatomage table facilitates interactive learning and study of the human body

by Young Min, Sidak Sanghari, and Sabrina Zhu June 4, 2022

An image of a dissected human body with red, flowing blood vessels and ivory-colored bones is displayed on a large table, about six feet long and two feet wide. Upper school science department chair and...

Upper school biology teacher Eric Johnson shares an anecdote on when they gave up shiny red shoes they saw at the store under family pressure that the shoes were too girly. Teacher Johnson, who goes by they/them and he/him pronouns, explained that part of his journey was forgiving his past self during a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) meeting in Main room 21 on Feb. 10.

Upper school biology teacher shares insights on gender and sexual identity at club meeting

by Emma Gao, Co-Copy Editor March 2, 2022

Upper school biology teacher Eric Johnson presented on how biology supports the existence of diverse and nuanced gender and sexual identities at a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) meeting in Main room...

The Coyote Brush Bud Gall Midge grows on the California Coyote Brush. The adults lay mate, have offspring, and die all within 24 hours.

Wildlife watch: Late fall features living gems in Bay Area

by Nicholas Wei, Humans of Harker Managing Editor December 9, 2021

The La Niña winter climate pattern, defined by colder weather in the Pacific region, announced its arrival last month with its entourage of clouds and rain. With this change comes new life regenerating...

Andrew Jin (‘15) began startup Dorsal Health with high school friend Shashwat Kishore to create new solutions for musculoskeletal and chronic pain conditions in order to treat those afflicted by chronic pain quickly and effectively.

Blooming from the STEM: Pursuing new possibilities

by Margaret Cartee and Sabrina Zhu September 12, 2021

Harker Aquila · Aquila Audible of "Blooming from the STEM: Pursuing new possibilities" Around 1/5 of adults have suffered from chronic pain in their life. The total costs of chronic pain treatment...

Teresa Cai (12) tinkers with circuits as part of her work in the Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program at Boston University. Interns collaborated virtually with their mentors and presented their research at the end of the 6-week-long program.

Science research continues over summer despite ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

by Nicholas Wei, HoH Managing Editor August 19, 2021

Upper school students conducted science research over the summer virtually despite continued restrictions from accessing labs or attending summer programs in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students...

STEM Scene showcases briefs to update our community on the STEM world.

STEM Scene: Aug. 17

by Sabrina Zhu and Arjun Barrett August 17, 2021

SpaceX SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk in 2002, successfully launched the GPS III Space Vehicle 05 mission on June 17. The vehicle was supported by a Falcon 9 rocket that had...

Members of the S@TC Intensive Cast rehearse the musical scene of their show Star Crossed Lovers. Unlike last summer, the upper school held in-person activities on campus for Conservatory Intensive and Summer Institute courses in the past couple of months.

A year later, Summer Institute and Conservatory reawaken on-campus life

by Aastha Mangla, Asst. A&E and Lifestyle Editor August 16, 2021

The Summer Institute and Summer @ the Conservatory ([email protected]) returned to the upper school in person with a variety of courses, including supplemental courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, AP...

Katherine Ho sings on stage. Her music journey started at age five when she began a tradition of performing every year in her local Lunar New Year show dancing and singing in Mandarin.

Inside a Crazy Rich Asians singer’s quest to mix the best of both worlds

by Jin Tuan, Lifestyle Editor November 1, 2018

Neat rows of mahjong tiles shuffle around on the movie screen. Quick cuts between shots of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Eleanor Sung-Young (Michelle Yeoh) reveal their poker faces, strained with tight...

Biology teacher Dr. Thomas Artiss tends to a beehive. I could stand and watch the hive for half an hour, Artiss said.

Meet your teacher: Biology teacher experiences joy of beekeeping

by Jessie Wang, Reporter September 2, 2018

A low buzzing fills the air as biology teacher Dr. Thomas Artiss approaches his beehive. Clad in traditional beekeeper wear — wide brimmed hat, mesh faceguard, white full-body suit and all — Dr. Artiss...

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