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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

Physicist and research fellow Dr. Jess Wade poses with a bottle of non-Newtonian fluid. Dr. Wade has written over 1,750 articles about women in STEM online.

Empowering the past, present and future generations of women in STEM

by Edward Huang and Kinnera Mulam November 13, 2022

In 2018, British physicist and research fellow Dr. Jess Wade sat down and started to draft a Wikipedia article about American climate scientist Kim Cobb. Noticing Cobb’s outstanding achievements which...

Upper School biology teacher Matthew Harley gestures at his presentation on the anatomy of a heart. At the Evening of Medicine, he procured hearts of various sizes for the attendees to hold and examine.

Evening of Medicine invites students to explore medical profession

by Jessica Wang, Alison Yang, and Claire Zhao November 11, 2022

Around 50 students attended the Evening of Medicine, hosted by Medical Club in Nichols on Nov. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m, where two speakers presented about their research and students participated in hands-on...

An illustration of an airplanes emissions. Almost 200 nations agreed on Oct. 7 to lower carbon emissions from airplanes by 2050.

200 nations commit to lower airplane emissions

by Claire Zhao October 26, 2022

Almost 200 nations agreed on Oct. 7 to lower carbon emissions from airplanes by 2050 in meetings overseen by the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a notable step towards their...

An illustration of an approaching asteroid. NASAs Double Asteroid Redirection Test successfully redirected an asteroid on Sept. 26.

NASA mission successfully deflects asteroid

by Claire Zhao October 26, 2022

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spacecraft succeeded in altering a harmless asteroid’s trajectory, the agency announced on Oct. 11. Researchers launched this Double Asteroid Redirection...

An illustration of the Ebola virus. The recent Ebola outbreak from Uganda began in mid-September.

Deadly Ebola outbreak sweeps Uganda

by Young Min October 26, 2022

With 44 confirmed cases and 10 deaths, the Ebola outbreak in Uganda is threatening other East African countries, especially due to the outbreak strain’s lack of treatment. The outbreak went public after...

Instances of extreme weather are rising, along with their impacts, placing increased populations at risk from climate hazards. The number of weather-related disasters has increased by a factor of five over the past 50 years, with human activity at the vanguard of causes.

Cloudy or clear: Our climate future rests in our hands

by Kinnera Mulam and Lindsey Tuckey October 20, 2022

Scorching temperatures and raging wildfires in California. Severe droughts in the U.S. and Europe. Catastrophic flooding in Pakistan and Italy. Devastating hurricanes across the world.  Instances of...

Jason Shim (10) observes a beaker while participating in the AP Chemistry lab. Students in the classes created aspirin during a lab from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10.

Chemistry classes create aspirin for lab

by Andrew Liang and Kinnera Mulam October 19, 2022

Students in upper school chemistry teachers Dr. Mala Raghavan and Dr. Casey Brown’s Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry classes created aspirin during a lab from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10.  On the first day...

Amiya Chokawala (12) interacts with new members of the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club at their kickoff meeting on Thursday. The officers delved into the purpose of their club and their main initiatives with a presentation.

Women in STEM club introduces initiatives with first meeting

by Hima Thota, Reporter October 16, 2022

The Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club held their first meeting during long lunch on Thursday to introduce the club’s officers and initiatives.  Garnering a large turnout from students across all classes,...

Upper school chemistry teacher Dr. Mala Raghavan helps Jacqueline Soraire (11) light the Bunsen burner during the lab on Wednesday. Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry class for juniors and seniors conducted their first experiment of the year on Wednesday.

Chemistry class completes first in-class experiment

by Kinnera Mulam, Co-STEM Editor September 20, 2022

Upper school chemistry teacher Dr. Mala Raghavan’s Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry class for juniors and seniors conducted their first in-class experiment of the year on Wednesday during periods two...

Students listen as Mrs. Chetty walks through the Synopsys guidelines. The informational meeting for the Synopsys fair and Regeneron Science Talent Search research competitions took place on Friday in the Nichols Auditorium.

Upper school science department holds annual Synopsys and Regeneron informational meeting

by Sidak Sanghari and Vika Gautham September 6, 2022

Upper school science department head Anita Chetty and research teacher Chris Spenner held the Synopsys and Regeneron informational meeting for students in the Nichols Auditorium on Friday at 3:10 p.m. The...

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...

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