Photographer: Rabab Mardini

For their exceptional work exploring STEM-related topics, Tisya R., Shannon M., Jasmin P., Aditri P., and Rida F. were to have been recognized at a STUCO assembly today. Their winning writings are published below.

ASD students explore STEM-oriented questions, enter NYT contest

5 high school students win ASD competition

ASD has many outlets highlighting talented creative writers in the school community. But how often do we honor writing in the sciences?

The New York Times recently promoted a competition with the aim of explaining a scientific topic in a simple, engaging manner. This year, chemistry teacher Greta Stacy invited ASD students to enter a high school-wide challenge following the guidelines of the NYT contest. Students were asked to consider what they wondered “about how the world works,” to explore the questions from “science, technology, engineering, math or health” that “might be inspired by [their] own life or experiences,” and then to produce 500 words informing a general audience about those answers.

More than 20 high schoolers entered the contest, which was judged at the local level by a blind panel of ASD teachers and staff. While the top five vote-getters’ winning pieces are featured here, all of the contestants’ work was submitted to the NYT contest, so stay tuned. Perhaps an ASD student’s STEM-centered writing will grace the screens of The New York Times Learning Network!

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How to give your child a genetic advantage in life

Aditri P., Reporter

It's common knowledge that the nutrition of a pregnant mother and genetic diseases can affect your child, but did you know your everyday diet and even experiences can be imprinted into your DNA, and eventually your progeny’s? That means your current lifestyle choices will have ramifications for your offspring! Until the 1930s, it was believed only your genes would be passed to your offspring; thi...

How your screen time determines profit

Jasmin P.

I go into the screen time tab of the settings on my phone and become simultaneously amazed and embarrassed with myself – a daily average of 117 pickups. 817 pickups this week with over 50% of them immediately leading to social media activity. In today's world a phone is a necessity and notifications are the repeated short bursts of excitement throughout our days that make us long for them when we r...

Why you haven’t panicked about data privacy

Rida F., Senior Editor-in-Chief

“You are now remotely controlled”.  “Google still doesn’t care about your privacy”.  “The secrets of controlling your internet profile”. “This man says he’s stockpiling billions of our photos”.  The world’s most prominent news sites pump out articles daily on how multinational corporations are stripping us of our privacy. Eye-catching headlines discuss the crisi...

“Urine” or you’re out

Shannon M.

Humans depend on water; it is a basic necessity of life. We use it to drink, make food and much more. In space, astronauts do not have the luxury of accessibility to large quantities of water though it is needed for daily operations on the spacecraft as well as basic survival. This lack of accessibility to water is due to the ability to resupply spacecraft often, as well as the difficulty of manag...

A Zombie Apocalypse?

Tisya R.

Zombies lurk under the surface of the arctic circle; waiting for the right time to infect mankind. As the Arctic permafrost thaws, they slowly emerge. Once on land, they will spread faster than we can control them and humanity will be consumed.  This ‘zombie bacteria’ is bacteria that has been buried in permafrost for years, but because of climate change is digging out of its grave.  Permafro...

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