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Bearbotics kicks off the season

Bearbotics kicks off the season

Steven Nye, Multimedia Editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Top Stories, Video

The Blake Robotics team “Bearbotics” is starting fresh this year with new head coach and Computer Science teacher, Madeline Burton. The team is looking to build on last year’s success and actively recruiting new members. Their goals are to increase collaboration, problem-solving, coding skills,...

Eurocentrism in mapping

Alyssa Story, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

It’s no secret that Social Studies in America is biased and Eurocentric. However, some schools have worked to combat this issue.      Recently, The Boston school system has commited to remove the use of Mercator Projection Maps from their public schools.      Mercator maps, proposed by Ge...

Science Spotlight: Tech Requirement

Minjae Lee, Editor Emeritus

February 9, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

Despite living in a digital age, the core curriculum of private liberal arts institutions often lacks a distinctive technology requirement.                However, in recent years, higher education institutions such as Barnard College are gaining national attention due to their technology re...

Hydrate or die-drate

Hydrate or die-drate

Elizabeth Opp, Opinions Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

The warnings are endless: your grades will go down if you stop drinking water, dehydration putting your vigilance and motor skills at odds. Regardless, Blake students largely disregard drinking throughout the day.      The most widely recommended daily water intake is two litres, or, in Blake te...

Teachers embrace Canvas

Teachers embrace Canvas

Allison Ahern, News Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology, Top Stories

This year, as students are getting acclimated to the new format of Canvas, most teachers are adjusting alongside students. “I hated Moodle,” Margi Youmans exclaimed noting that “Canvas is less clunky and I think more importantly it’s student friendly.” Youmans adds that the change from Moodle t...

Physics experiment turns international

Physics experiment turns international

Allison Ahern, News Editor

April 28, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology, Top Stories

Physics. It seems like everyone’s most dreaded subject of their high school career, but for six students, physics just got more interesting. “We … analyz[ed] data that was taken from the particle accelerator from CERN in Switzerland,” stated Sarah Strand ‘16. CERN, or the "Conseil Européen po...

Science spotlight: lacking physical activity

Science spotlight: lacking physical activity

Maxine Whitely, InDepth Editor

April 28, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

Our butts basically bear bed sores with the level of sedentation we’ve grown accustomed to. With recess gone, we’ve lost the time to play outside and move around in the middle of the day; there are no options for standing desks or standing spaces for assembly; there is no functioning school gym to...

“Inconveniences” turn into profound effects

“Inconveniences” turn into profound effects

Zoe Wellik, Arts & Culture Editor

March 18, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

As students file in and out of the lunchroom, halls, and library, the most overt example of their unawareness about environmental habits is seen. It is here that, as the plates and plastic boxes of food travel throughout the building, students make decisions that shape the school’s environmental im...

School culture perpetuates illness

Fiona Duffy, Student Life Editor

March 18, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

It's an unfortunate, yet familiar sight: the red cheeks, coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. Every few weeks it seems to be the same. It’s never just one student, and it seems as though there is a new plague of sickness coming down in the school in cycles, as students continue to neglect their own h...

The legacy left from 2009: raingardens

The legacy left from 2009: raingardens

Allison Ahern, News Editor

March 18, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

To some, the large tall plants encircling the school at the science wing may look like an unruly bunch of weeds, but to Dan Trockman and his environmental science classes, it’s a rain garden. For those who are unfamiliar, a rain garden serves to “capture some of the water flowing off of large str...

Science Spotlight: Gravitational Waves

Science Spotlight: Gravitational Waves

Deniz Ercan-Fang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology, Top Stories

A chirp. That’s how Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla described the recordings captured by LIGO on September 14, 2015 of gravitational waves from two colliding black holes. The pair of black holes, with masses of 36 and 29 solar masses - 332,946 earth masses is equal to one so...

Bearbotics jumps into new season

Bearbotics jumps into new season

Allison Ahern, News Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

The Blake robotics team, or Bearbotics, is off to a roaring start after the success of last year’s season finishing fourth in the 10,000 Lakes Regional Robotics Tournament. “We placed in the top ten [in regionals]” Kate Korslund ‘16 recounts. Their season started on January 9th at the Un...

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