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WiSTEM Co-President Eileen Ma (12) and STEM Buddies Directors Michelle Wei (11) and Margaret Cartee (11) prepare an oobleck demonstration to teach lower school students about non-Newtonian fluids. The recent STEM Buddies event featured five stations where participants could learn new concepts through hands-on activities and discussions.

WiSTEM brings educational activities to lower school for STEM Buddies event

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor March 16, 2023

Members of Women in STEM (WiSTEM) hosted STEM Buddies, an event involving hands-on activities and discussions, at the lower school on Feb. 24.  WiSTEM founded the STEM Buddies program in 2014 to spark...

Women’s History Month serves as one way students and faculty can celebrate women’s many contributions to modern society and recognize their erasure throughout history. “It’s a chance to pause and reflect on the fact we need a separate category of history for half the population of the world,” FEM Club Advisor Donna Gilbert said.

“We can still do better:” honor her-story

by Arjun Barrett, Managing Editor March 16, 2023

Amongst the many boards along the colorful walls of Main Hall, one in particular stands out. Adorned with flowers, a purple and green board shows the faces of various influential figures from our past....

Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) representatives Ariana Gauba (10) and Fern Biswas (10) speak about Culture Week, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 3. Culture Week featured cultural performances from members of the Harker community, cultural visual arts and culture booths.

School meeting recap 2/23/23: United Voices, ReCreate Reading and Culture Week

by Felix Chen, Asst. News Editor March 9, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting on Feb. 23 by remarking on the date's resemblance to the senior class’s year of graduation.  Dean of Students Kevin...

Attendee Kashish Priyam (10) listens to Dr. Jangs talk. “A lot of the time when we hear about research, it’s skewed to one perspective, so it’s nice to hear from [other viewpoints] to learn about what it would be like if we wanted to join any of these fields,” Kashish said.

WiSTEM and Medical clubs invite members to cancer researcher speaker event

by Aryana Bharali, Humans of Harker Profiler December 9, 2022

Women in Stem (WiSTEM) and Medical Club hosted a speaker event featuring a cancer researcher on Nov. 11 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Students from all grades attended the club meeting...

Women in STEM (WiSTEM) kick off their Techgirlz programming workshop by asking participants what coding is in their words. After, club members led the attendees in a series of coding exercises on the website Blockly.

WiSTEM hosts Techgirlz coding workshop to inspire youth about computer science

by Kinnera Mulam, Co-STEM Editor December 4, 2022

Women in STEM (WiSTEM) organized an event for 12 club members to host their virtual Techgirlz programming workshop for girls of ages 11 to 14 on Nov. 21. CompTIA, the organization that WiSTEM partnered...

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,...

Using a stylus, upper school science department chair and biology teacher Anita Chetty selects certain features on the body to be visible. The table also allows the user to place labels on body organisms, view the flow of blood in the veins, and take a quiz on the anatomy of the cadaver.

Anatomage table facilitates interactive learning and study of the human body

by Young Min, Sidak Sanghari, and Sabrina Zhu June 4, 2022

An image of a dissected human body with red, flowing blood vessels and ivory-colored bones is displayed on a large table, about six feet long and two feet wide. Upper school science department chair and...

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...

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...

WiSTEM co-president Kavita Murthy (12) looks on with Ashley Hong (10) during the TechGirlz workshop. Officers went around each of the three science rooms to check in with the club members while they were hosting.

WiSTEM hosts TechGirlz workshop focused on digital experiences

by Katelyn Zhao, Reporter December 2, 2021

13 members from the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club hosted a TechGirlz event, “Think Like a Designer: Unplugged,” for middle school girls after school on Zoom on Nov. 19. As the only organization WiSTEM...

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes meets in Palo Alto with representatives of the US Department of Defense (DoD) during DoD meetings with several high-tech companies in April 2013. Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 as a 19-year-old Stanford dropout.

Elizabeth Holmes trial for fraud and conspiracy intensifies in its 8th week as more witnesses take the stand

by Emma Gao and Ariana Goetting November 1, 2021

Former employees and investors in Elizabeth Holmes’s now defunct Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos testify against the company as Holmes faces charges of fraud and conspiracy in the eighth week...

WiSTEM officers Kavita Murthy (12), Claire Luo (10), Ella Yee (10), Emily Zhou (12), Amiya Chokhawala (11), Catherine He (12), Thresia Vazhaeparambil (12) and Eileen Ma (11) hold a club meeting in the Nichols Atrium on Sept. 20. The club aims to encourage more female students to participate in STEM fields.

STEM Spotlight: Women in STEM

by Katelyn Zhao, Reporter October 5, 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 WiSTEM, which aims to foster STEM interest in female students. The...

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