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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

WiSTEM club member Michelle Jin (11) pours water into a cup of magic sand. WiSTEM officers and members organized the Research Symposium under the guidance of club adviser and upper school science department chair Anita Chetty.

Student researchers, keynote speakers present at WiSTEM Club’s annual Research Symposium

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor April 25, 2022

The upper school’s Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club hosted the 16th annual Research Symposium, themed "STEM Will Save Us," in-person, on April 16 for the first time in two years. At Symposium, over 50...

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Operations officer Jessica Zhou (11) explains club details to Nila Dharmaraj (10) and Smrithi Sambamurthy (11) on Jan. 11. The club focuses on medical events and contests.

STEM Spotlight: HOSA

by Rachel Ning, TALON Organizations Editor February 23, 2022

The Health Occupations Students of America Club, better known as HOSA, aims to help students interested in healthcare explore the diverse possibilities that the medical world has to offer. The club, which...

Alex Hu (12) writes equations and data for his math research project. Throughout his research, he looked at quantum code written for error correction.

Six seniors named Regeneron scholars

by Claire Bauschlicher, Reporter January 31, 2022

Seniors Alice Feng, Alex Hu, Rishab Parthasarathy, Sasvath Ramachandran, Aimee Wang and Emily Zhou have been named Regeneron Scholars for the 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition. Rishab was...

Artist concept of the James Webb Space Telescope in space. After reaching L2, the JWST will study the formation and evolution of the universes earliest galaxies.

James Webb Space Telescope completes 1.5 million kilometer journey from Earth to study evolution of galaxies

by Edward Huang, Reporter January 26, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) completed its 30-day journey into space on Jan. 24 and now floats 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth. From there, it will explore distant galaxies and their pasts...

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...

Moderna plans to begin testing for its new vaccine booster shot, which targets the coronavirus and the influenza virus, within the year. Booster shots can help protect against changing and mutating viruses.

Moderna announces new ‘combo’ vaccine to combat COVID-19 and the flu

by Emma Gao and Kinnera Mulam September 18, 2021

Moderna announced the development of a new booster vaccine that protects against both COVID-19 and the influenza virus through a press release on Sept. 9, with testing expected to begin over the next six...

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...

Whether or not these doctors are motivated by altruism or reckless self-interest, one thing is clear: scientists who promote experimental vaccines as valid drugs blur the boundary between medicine and quackery, subjecting unaware citizens to unanticipated harm.

Promoting experimental vaccines isn’t science – it’s medical fraud

by Nicholas Wei, Humans of Harker Staff Writer September 9, 2020

As the notoriously slow process of Covid-19 vaccine approval drags on, groups of scientists have begun developing their own experimental SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, citing its supposed benefits on themselves,...

Members of the winning Science Bowl team pose with coach and upper school chemistry teacher Robbie Korin. The team won its third regional championship in four years.

Upper school science bowl team wins regional competition

by Mark Hu, Winged Post STEM Editor February 24, 2020

The Department of Energy’s regional science bowl took place at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on Feb. 8, and the upper school science bowl A team was crowned champions remaining undefeated...

Senior Cynthia Chen, who has been named one of 40 Regeneron finalists in the nation. Cynthia was the only Harker student to receive this honor this year.

Senior named one of 40 Regeneron finalists in nation

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena January 22, 2020

Senior Cynthia Chen was selected as one of 40 finalists in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest math and science research competition for high school seniors.  Cynthia’s...

Seniors Cynthia Chen and Joshua Zhou, the 2020 Regeneron scholars.

Two seniors named as Regeneron scholars

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena January 8, 2020

Seniors Cynthia Chen and Joshua Zhou were selected as top scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) from a pool of 1,993 applicants from 659 schools in 49 states. The 300 scholars chosen and...

Teresa Cai (10) conducts a chemistry experiment under a fume hood at UCSC. Sixteen Harker students participated in the Summer Internship Program.

Science internship introduces high schoolers to research

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Muthu Panchanatham August 30, 2019

Whether they are traveling all over the world or are at home studying for the August SATs, Harker students do a variety of different activities over the duration of summer vacation. For sixteen high schoolers...

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