James Wang

Smoke Trails

California's rocketry laws are some of the strictest in the U.S. But here in the quiet of NASA's Moffett Field, the hobby persists.

The New Classroom

Several PhD students squeeze together in a dark room. The faces of the scientists, illuminated only by the soft glow of a confocal microscope, watch intently as the colored representations of dyed cells jump to life on a monitor. As the cells come into focus, the microscope technician and the observing graduate students launch into an exchange of complex biological jargon, drawing attention to the subtle discolorations and shapes revealed by this round of imaging. These scientists, advanced scholars coming from countries abroad to study at Stanford University, are leading cutting edge research. However, the cells they are analyzing are a product of local efforts: specifically those of Alex Lu, a senior at Palo Alto High School, who has helped to prepare the cell sample.

Catching the train to success: coding classes for low income students

Only five percent of all high schools offer Advanced Placement Computer Science and, in 2010, only 14,517 students took the AP exam as opposed to the 194,784 students who took the AP BC Calculus exam. This lack of computer programming classes at schools disproportionately affects those with lower incomes who are unable to afford private programming classes and therefore have no opportunities to learn how to program computers while in high school.