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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

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

STEM Scene: Jan. 19

by Angelina Hu and Jasleen Hansra January 19, 2022

Consumer Electric Show launches new technology products The 2022 Consumer Electric Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8 to exhibit new tech trends and products from companies...

A large portion of modern technology relies on open-source packages, or software and applications that are available to the public.

Unsung heroes fuel the software industry

by Arjun Barrett, Asst. STEM Editor December 2, 2021

Building a custom app or website involves writing, testing and maintaining thousands of lines of code. Even experts with decades of experience struggle to create software on their own. Since writing code...

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 24, 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 22, 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...

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

Around 1/5 of adults have suffered from chronic pain in their life. The total costs of chronic pain treatment in adults from 2010 is estimated to be upwards of $560 billion. The current way we receive...

“[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...

Rep. Anna Eshoo of Californias 18th district speaks to Harker faculty and students for Civic Tech Clubs speaker event. Civic Tech Club president Deeya Viradia (10) asked Eshoo questions, and attendees put their own questions into the chat about cyberbullying and the role of technology in everyday lives.

Representative Anna Eshoo emphasizes student innovation during Civic Tech Club speaker event

by Isha Moorjani and Lucy Ge November 3, 2020

Representative Anna Eshoo (D) of California’s 18th district emphasized the importance of innovation and delivered a message of hope to over 40 Harker faculty and students during Tuesday’s Civic Tech...

Students in Dr. Adlers Multivariable calculus class use Mathematica, a tool capable of visualizing, analyzing and manipulating complex graphs among other functionalities, to graph three-dimensional curves. Students also use the software for long-form projects to better understand more difficult topics.

STEM classes embrace technology to adapt to online learning

by Nicholas Wei, Humans of Harker Staff Writer October 19, 2020

As the upper school continues in remote fashion for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, teachers of STEM classes have adopted new teaching methodologies while adapting old ones in order to...

Pink-colored snow melts on a mountain at Yosemite National Park. Pink color is formed by a snow algae called chlamydomonas nivalis, which uses a pigment to protect itself from harsh UV rays found at high altitudes.

Mother Nature’s snow cone

by Erica Cai and Catherine Feng August 30, 2019

Despite the brutal heat of summer, snow exists during this season at elevations above 9,500 feet in Yosemite National Park, but its appearance may not be what people expect: instead of the powdery white...

Middle schooler Ben Lee explains his project to Alice Feng (9). He explored the properties of prisms.

Harker students organize Opportunity X science fair to showcase middle schoolers’ projects

by Arely Sun, Reporter June 4, 2019

Students of Opportunity X, a student-founded program that teaches students at underprivileged schools about science research, gathered in the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library community center...

Harkers 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists, all seniors, pose for a picture. From left to right: Ayush Alag, Natasha Maniar and Ruhi Sayana.

Three students named Regeneron finalists

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor January 24, 2019

Of the 7 students named Regeneron scholars (a complete list can be found here:, 3 of the students, seniors Ayush Alag, Natasha...

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