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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Assistant professor Anand Natarajan (09) teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. He first discovered his love for science as a child and explored his passion at the high school level with clubs and advanced classes.

Blooming from the STEM: Anand Natarajan (‘09) dives into quantum computing

by Olivia Xu and Brandon Zau March 28, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Blooming from the STEM: Anand Natarajan (‘09) Imagine that you and I are on the opposite sides of the galaxy, and you perform an operation on yourself. Now, imagine...

Eighth-grader Tiffany Zhu listens to the panel event during the Harker Programming Invitational (HPI) on Mar. 13. Middle and high school students participated in HPI virtually.

Programming Club hosts annual Harker Programming Invitational with ‘Space & CS’ theme

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor March 25, 2022

The Harker Programming Club hosted the annual Harker Programming Invitational (HPI) on March 13. The event consisted of a two-hour-long algorithmic coding contest followed by a presentation by Dr....

Students attend Evan Yous speaker event, where he discussed his experience opening a start-up company. You founded Vue.js, which strives to make website designing and building more accessible.

App Development Club holds startup speaker event

by Rachel Ning, TALON Organizations Editor February 26, 2022

Harker’s App Development Club hosted Evan You, founder of software startup company Vue.js on Feb. 8 after school at 3:30 p.m. in club advisor and upper school computer science teacher Anu Datar’s classroom. The...

Kunal Jain (11) reviews the answers to the silver level questions from the last USACO competition. Kunal has been an officer of Programming Club for the past year.

Programming Club officers host third lecture in ongoing series about competitive computer science

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor January 12, 2022

The Harker Programming Club (HPC) hosted the third installment of their lecture series last Wednesday during long lunch, where officers explained questions and offered problem-solving tips for the United...

Rishab Parthasarathy (12) and Alex Hu (12) help guide questions and relay them to Anand Natarajan (09). The upper school Programming Club and Math Club invited Natarajan to speak about quantum computing in the Nichols auditorium on Wednesday.

Harker alumnus delivers introduction to quantum computing

by Margaret Cartee, Reporter December 4, 2021

The Math Club and Programming Club hosted Harker alumnus and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Anand Natarajan (‘09) for a speaker event on quantum computing after school on Wednesday...

STEM Spotlight is a new Aquila repeater showcasing STEM clubs and their initiatives.

STEM Spotlight: HarkerDEV

by Mark Hu and Ethan Liu September 26, 2021

STEM Spotlight is a repeater exploring what clubs at Harker have been doing as they return to campus. This week’s featured club is HarkerDEV, which creates new software and applications that help the...

The global silicon shortage, driven mainly by the pandemic, has hampered the production of widespread technologies, including automobiles.

How a 50 cent part is killing a trillion dollar industry

by Arjun Barrett, Assistant STEM Editor September 25, 2021

As the world finally transitions out of a global pandemic, cars remain in short supply. Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen have all cut production by as much as 40%. But the automotive industry isn’t merely...

Panelists Dr. Pei Cao, Jenny Lin, Lynn Root and Pavitra Rengarajan (’12) speak at the Girls Programming League Challenge on Saturday. The event invited female and nonbinary identifying students to participate and followed a theme of computer science and entertainment.

Girls Programming League inspires female students to compete in annual programming competition

by Ella Yee and Catherine Wong September 23, 2021

Garnering 76 teams across 45 schools and a total of 120 participants, the Girls Programming League (GPL) and the Harker Programming Club (HPC) co-hosted the fourth annual GPL challenge through Zoom on...

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

STEM Scene: Sept. 14

by Arjun Barrett, Asst. STEM Editor September 14, 2021

Australia passes controversial surveillance bill The Australian government passed the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2021 on Aug. 25. The bill, intended to disrupt...

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...

“[Computer science] is analytical in its foundation. But it’s artistic in its execution. There is so much nuance and craft that goes into solving a problem and that goes into designing a model and writing code and building a system at scale, Rengarajan said.

Blooming from the STEM: Exploration in engineering

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM editor September 4, 2021

Have you ever wondered how the recommendation feeds on social media platforms are so accurate? They always seem to discover your interests, whether those are pet videos, style recommendations, or sports...

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...

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