The Spectrum

Where music and physics align

Where music and physics align

Minjae Lee, Opinions Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

TASC is a time for some students to settle into practice rooms, hidden away from the obvious eye all around school. Passing the art department, musicians like April Wang ’16 can be heard playing the piano in a practice room. In fact, there are numerous students like Wang who have the musicality behin...

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

Emmet Whitely, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Technology is all around us, in our backpacks, in our pockets, on our wrists, it’s almost impossible to do anything without the use of technology. But every piece of technology is useless without the underlying set of commands - known as code - that tell the technology how to operate. When the wor...

Defining drones

Defining drones

Steven Nye, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Flying high in the sky, drones are evolving to become more and more popular. The official definition of a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can navigate autonomously, but even this definition is expanding to include more consumer-demanded products. All of today’s drones fit into two main categories: U...

Nonfunctionality of the 3D printer

Nonfunctionality of the 3D printer

John Miller, Business Manager

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

Sitting on a table in the Upper School library, the 3D printer is a technological enigma. Seldom in use, very few students are aware of how it works, and less actually use the machine. Christopher Sheffels ‘16 observes, “it’s certainly something useful to have if you want something printed and it’s c...

The science of mental illness

The science of mental illness

Sean Ericson, Managing Copy Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under INDEPTH, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

We’ve heard a lot about mental illness, from health class to senior speeches. It's a widespread problem, particularly for high schoolers: it affects one in five teenagers, and many more have family members or friends who live with with it. Half of all cases of mental illness develop by age 14 and three-quarters...

Student Science Internship @ The U

Student Science Internship @ The U

Fatiya Kedir and Elisa Lopez

September 29, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

While some spent their summer unwinding with friends or aching in pain from hours of test prep, one student found interest and comfort in spending time with a very special group: forest bugs. In the summer before his senior year, Calvin Rusley ‘16 had the fantastic opportunity to work in a lab at ...

The Darkroom

The Darkroom

Sean Ericson, Copy Editor

September 29, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

“[Photography can] make a tiny fragment of time have meaning,” says Cameron Downey ’17. Photography is a form of art that we create all the time. It’s simple, right? A quick picture and an entire moment is encapsulated forever. The school offers a wide range of photography courses for all lev...

Culture of Advanced Classes

Culture of Advanced Classes

Deniz Ercan-Fang, Sci-Tech Editor

August 27, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Course choices are plentiful at the school for all ages, but one of the joys of being an upperclassman is that options increase tremendously. This variety can create a certain culture within the school over the difficulty of each class. Blake offers numerous challenging courses, from AP Euro to AP Sta...

Concussions impact athletes, schoolwork

Concussions impact athletes, schoolwork

Ikbal Ahluwalia, Student Life Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, TOP STORIES

Sarah Chute ’18 was elbowed by one of her opponents while she was in front of the net in the Girls’ State Hockey Championship and consequently sustained a concussion. She says, “I have gotten lots of headaches. Usually when I try to focus on things like doing homework, watching TV, looking at my ...

Dogs relieve stress

Dogs relieve stress

Lucy Nelson, Arts and Culture Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

“I think we have a serious problem lurking here at Blake- That’s right, our student body has no dogs.” Christopher Chute ‘13 stated in his senior speech. Although he presented his speech in a humorous manner, Chute was definitely onto something. Looking past the slobber, bad smell, and const...

Students increasingly depend on caffeine

Students increasingly depend on caffeine

Isabel Hall, Features Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

They’re everywhere: beverages that promise to keep you energized, revved and alert. Caffeine, whether it be the TAZO tea offered in the lunch room, the coffee maker next to it, or the vast variety of soda offered in the vending machines, is easily accessible at Blake and many Blake students have...

Science Spotlight: Alcohol, Drugs and the Brain

Science Spotlight: Alcohol, Drugs and the Brain

Deniz Ercan-Fang, News Editor

March 9, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, TOP STORIES

A male from the class of 2016 who wishes not to be named says, “I know my father had friends who in their teenage years would drink and eventually would drink and drive, and he lost several friends to that. Not only drinking and driving but also drugged driving.” Alcohol reduces the brain’s r...

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