Hello New Tech Students

12/12 - 12/16

Spirit Week this Week

Dec. 12

Class Colors

Wear your grades color

Dec. 13

Long Winter’s Nap

Fuzzy Socks, Holiday pajamas, scarves

Dec. 14

Family Photo

Wear your ugly sweater to school and pose as a family

Dec. 15

Swinter/ Wummer

Dress for summer or dress for winter!

Dec. 16

Santa & His Helpers

Rudolph the rednose reindeer, elves, & santa hat!

Improving indoor air quality in our homes and at school.

Take a look at this flyer to help improve indoor air quality in our homes and at school.

Science Stuff by Dominic Stephenson-Ochoa

This past week, there’ve been quite a few developments in all sorts of fields of science. I’m writing here to summarize one of my favorites.

On December 6, scientists working at the US Department of Energy and the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics confirmed that the Wendelstein 7-X in Germany is capable of producing a three-dimensional magnetic field for suspending fusion reaction.

Fusion, the process wherein atomic nuclei are mashed together, is what allows stars to be stars and produce radiation for billions of years. Since the process is much cleaner than current nuclear power and promises nigh infinite energy, humans have been trying to recreate stellar conditions for decades. Essentially, since fusion reaction needs hundreds of millions of degrees (Celsius or Fahrenheit) in a small space, scientists all around the world have been trying to figure how to do it without melting lots of expensive equipment. In this case, the approach is the use of magnetic confinement, which entails using electric currents to isolate the hot fusion as a plasma.

Though the W 7-X has achieved fusion in the past with helium and hydrogen, researchers were unsure whether the field was actually three-dimensional, or if it was like its predecessors, the Tokamak reactors, which only use two-dimensional fields. Though it’s a major breakthrough, scientists have stated that it will be a long time before we actually get more energy out than we put in.

TL;DR: We’ve made magnets to hold mini stars, because stars are hot. 9 out of 10 scientists discourage touching stars. We haven’t made real mini stars yet, but they’re still going to sting a bit.

(Since this isn’t a real essay, I’ll just list my sources.) The main sources were:

Tests confirm that Germany’s massive nuclear fusion machine really works” by Fiona Macdonald of SciAlert,

Magnetic Field of Wendelstein 7-X Exact to a Hundred-Thousandth” by Max-Planck-Institut Für Plasmaphysik.

Definitions were found through Georgia State University.

Service Opportunities

Looking for service opportunities, just take a look at this powerpoint.

Colleges Reps on New Tech Grounds

Keep an eye out for college reps that are coming to New Tech. To take a look at what colleges are coming on what day visit this link.

Happy Birthday week to:

Allyson Boon

Oscar Vazquez

Eilidh Stults

Josephine Wallace

Eva Clark-Dupuy

Jesus Juarez

Stephanie Sabre

Jonathan De Haro

Happy Birthday to these people over break:

Clare Cavanaugh

Emanuelle Ramos

Rory Fitzgerald

Sarah Maffei

Benjamin Mickens

Quinn Hawkins

Chelsea Pascual

Jose-Luis Alfaro

Evelyn Corona

Eric Lona

Josiah Naiburg

Carla Sanchez

Daisy Mendoza

Javier Sanchez

Caitlyn Tittle

Selena Dodson

Gretchen Estrada

Omar Isabeles

Broderick Forssell

Marina Ayala

Maximillien LePage

Kaitlyn Stephens

Grace Murphy

Jaden Woodiwiss

Pick up line of the Week

Are you a camera? Because every time I look at you, I smile.