The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

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...

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...

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...

A redwood tree grows at the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve in Los Gatos. These long-living organisms can reach heights of over 300 feet.

Hero of climate change

by Sabrina Zhu and Lavanya Subramanian January 28, 2022

harkeraquila · Aquila Audible of "Hero of climate change" Leafy branches, suspended dozens of feet up in the air, cast a gentle shadow on the trodden dirt path below. Small squirrels and...

Since hundreds of thousands of people are constantly using electricity to continuously process and verify these transactions, Bitcoin miners, people who participate in verifying blocks, alone consume about 195 terawatt-hours of electricity every year, which is comparable to 34.2% of Canada’ annual energy consumption. Bitcoin itself has an annual footprint of 92.6 megatons of carbon emission, similar to the footprint of the whole country of Nigeria.

Cryptocurrency must solve its wasteful energy consumption

by Margaret Cartee, Reporter December 6, 2021

The mystery of the ever-perplexing “blockchain” often obscures access to cryptocurrency, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are becoming the new, trendy future of digital art collecting for the wealthy...

Monterey Bay Aquarium visitors watch native species, including the giant kelp, in one of the establishments exhibitions. The aquarium protects marine species by providing information about climate change and maintaining research and surrogacy programs.

Global Reset: In a world of warming oceans, what does a sanctuary provide?

by Sabrina Zhu and Alysa Suleiman November 8, 2021

560 billion tons of CO2 absorbed. A 30% increase in the acidity of surface waters. A roughly 50 times faster rate of change in oceanic pH. 5652 marine species classified as threatened. This is the damage...

Smoke fills the sky ahead of upper school Spanish teacher and Green Team adviser Diana Moss’s car as she is about to drive past the Dixie Fire. The fire has burnt over 963,309 acres.

‘It burns and it burns and it burns’: California wildfires raze 2.4 million acres in midst of climate emergency, community members recover and reflect

by Sabrina Zhu and Arely Sun October 10, 2021

“It was like driving into hell.” A pitch black sky surrounded upper school Spanish teacher Diana Moss as she neared the Dixie fire, while she passed through the small city of Red Bluff in ​​Tehama...

Snow covers the quad next to the cafeteria at the University of Texas at Austin. The university closed campus on Feb. 14 and reopened on Feb. 24 due to the water outage and hazardous weather conditions.

Global Reset: Unprecedented snowstorms hit Texas and leave residents without power or water

by Alysa Suleiman and Sabrina Zhu March 2, 2021

When the first flakes of snow drifted down Tuesday, Feb. 16, covering the front of her apartment complex in Houston in a blanket of white, Meeah Bradford, a junior at St. John’s Academy, laughed and...

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

STEM Scene: Feb. 12

by Saurav Tewari, Sports Reporter February 17, 2021

New COVID-19 variant spreads across country: In September 2020, a new coronavirus variant detected in the United Kingdom rapidly spread around Britain before coming to the United States, specifically...

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to adopt a progressive stance on climate change and to reverse President Donald Trump’s actions. The Biden Administration has also expressed a concern for environmental justice, or the disproportionate harm of pollution on people of color and low-income communities.

Global Reset: Biden pledges a progressive climate change plan

by Irene Yuan and Sabrina Zhu January 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to adopt a progressive stance on climate change and to reverse President Donald Trump’s actions. Biden’s main plan, driven by a desire to see a clean energy revolution...

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