El Estoque

A funhouse for all

A funhouse for all

Annie Zhang and Claire Wen

January 27, 2019


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

he latest pop music echoes through E101; the room thumps. A crowd of rowdy students huddle in front of the projector playing Nintendo Switch, their fingers deftly sweeping over the controllers. On the desk sits a tray of goodie bags adorned with heart shaped cutouts to be gifted to students on their bir...

Retake remake

Retake remake

Flora Peng

November 5, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Almost every student is familiar with the sensation of receiving horrible scores for a test they studied really hard for. The gut-sinking feeling comes accompanied by a subsequent frantic search for a teacher’s syllabus, or message to a friend, to find out whether a retake will be offered. With th...

Exams in motion

Exams in motion

Brian Xu

October 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Sophomore Upasana Dilip stared into her computer screen, reading and rereading a clump of questions from a past Calculus exam. She yawned before looking down at her notes, desperately scanning the numbers for a strategy to break through the stubborn question. It was already midnight, far too late to conta...

Separated in Physics classroom

Separated in Physics classroom

Vivian Chiang

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

hen Physics teacher Jim Birdsong displayed the new seating chart on the screen in his AP Physics C class, some students happily embraced their new group mates while others groaned, bidding farewell to their friends. But there were also a few students that just stared at the screen, slightly confu...

Spinning homopolar motors teach Science National Honor Society members about electromagnetism

Spinning homopolar motors teach Science National Honor Society members about electromagnetism

Jessica Xing

October 28, 2016


Filed under Briefs

hen the copper wire began to spin all on its own, the room was awed. On Oct. 24, Science National Honors Society held their second lab this year in B101. This month, the club was exploring the different concepts of physics, starting with electromagnetism, the interaction of electric and magnetic currents. ...

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Shriya Deshpande

May 20, 2016


Filed under Briefs

rom involving chemistry, history and other classes in the Martian Deconstructed event to the new chromebooks in classrooms, the 2015-16 school year has brought several new policies, events and classes. In the science department, there were newly designed AP Physics classes and teachers from different scie...

Physics students take part in annual egg drop project

Physics students take part in annual egg drop project

Amanda Chan

December 8, 2015


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS, News Editor's Picks, News Multimedia, Popular This Week

Around this time of the year, MVHS physics students take part in the egg drop project — a common project done in physics classes all over the country. The egg drop project allows students to put their physics knowledge to the test and apply it to the real world. View the video below to see students...

Thinking inside the box

Thinking inside the box

Zach Sanchez

November 18, 2015


Filed under From the magazine, Print news

AP Physics I has a reputation as one of MVHS’ toughest classes — it might be that reputation that led students, over the span of three years, to contribute to a Dropbox for the course, containing old, unreleased tests from 2011-2014. It is by far the most extensive prep book a student can get ...

Physics and Engineering Club demos a quadcopter

Physics and Engineering Club demos a quadcopter

Varsha Venkat

February 3, 2014


Filed under Around Campus, Briefs, NEWS, STEM

Club teaches members about four-rotor devices, called quadcopters, at its first meeting of the semester. Read More »...

Hooked on fishing

Hooked on fishing

Anjali Bhat

April 29, 2013


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Physics teacher Jeff Trevarthen’s fishing trips remind him of his love for the activity as a child. Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: Physics students combine fun and learning at California’s Great America

PHOTO GALLERY: Physics students combine fun and learning at California’s Great America

Karen Feng

May 22, 2012


Filed under NEWS

On May 18, 280 students from Physics, Physics Honors and AP Physics joined 100,000 other students from all over California to ride roller coasters. On Physics, Science and Math Day, hosted by California’s Great America from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., students participated in one of the biggest lab activities in the world as they filled out worksheets illustrating the ...

Physics Honors students take fifth in nationwide Physics Bowl

Physics Honors students take fifth in nationwide Physics Bowl

Karen Feng

May 17, 2012


Filed under NEWS

2012 has been a successful year for physics teacher Jim Birdsong’s Physics Honors and AP students. Earlier this school year, 13 competing students from MVHS became Physics Olympiad national semifinalists. On March 28, five of his Physics Honors students took the American Association of Physics Teach...