Are Video Games Beneficial? 1

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Kevin Luu

More than 1.2 billion people play video games every day. Most people and parents assume that this is the cause of many mental and physical problems. However, some say that when problems arise, it is in our human nature to blame something or someone else, and video games have always been an easy target. Of course, there is no benefit to playing ten hours of video games a day. But do video games really affect our education, make us more violent, or affect our health?

Research actually shows video games are beneficial. For one thing, they can slow down aging. Males, females, young adults, and adults all have one thing in common; they all age. While getting older has its perks, there are also some natural problems that come as well. There’s a reason why you see senior citizens driving at 25 miles per hour even though the speed limit is 45.   More…

What are Solar Ovens? Reply

Screenshot 2017-10-12 at 8.49.58 AM.pngBrian Lam

Mr. Dandridge, Mrs. Dandridge, and Mrs. Winemiller’s sixth-grade students will be undertaking another experiment: the solar oven experiment.

“For students who haven’t done this yet, this experiment will sure be fun. It’ll seem more like entertainment than a boring school project,” says Mr. Dandridge.

Unlike projects that provide instructions on the necessities after the objective is learned, this experiment uses the students’ already-known knowledge about the factors of heat. The students objective is to burn/melt something using a contraption made from a cardboard box, construction paper, wax paper, and tin foil made which needs to attain its source of heat from the sun. How the sixth graders will attain the heat relies on their knowledge of what they learned in previous years. More…

Helpful or Distracting? Chromebooks on Campus 7

Delaney Powell

Two years ago, the Westminster School District introduced Chromebooks to all the schools in the district. At the beginning of each school year, everyone middle school student is given one that they will use for the time they are there. But are these more of distractions than a tool?

Emmy Tran, a sixth grader here at Stacey says, “I like the Chromebooks. I don’t really think they are a distraction either because the office can monitor what sites you go on.”

However, the technology that the office and teachers had to monitor Chromebook use was not always there. More…

Tech Trek-Those Invited 1


Katelyn Hooker and Mariah Escatel

Recently, 12 Stacey Middle School girls were chosen to go to Tech Trek, a one week trip to UCI for seventh-grade girls going into the eighth grade. This trip teaches girls about STEM (science, math, engineering, and technology). The seventh-grade teachers picked one to three girls from each period that they thought were Tech Trek material, meaning that they were engaged in science lessons. On February 9th, all the selected girls met with a retired Boeing worker to talk about the program. More…

The Hydro Flask – The Story of it All Reply


Katelyn Hooker

Athletes around the world have experienced the cooling taste of whatever beverage they choose in the new Hydro Flask. Stacey students have also jumped on the bandwagon. It is common to see these around our campus.

Still, most students do not know the history behind this refreshing technology. More…

The Death of an App 4


Delaney Powell

On July 6, 2016, an app was released that shook the world. Pokemon Go was the game of the year, or so we thought.

Ever since this school year started, people haven’t been as excited to play it anymore. More…

Smartphones are Spoiling Our Sleep 😴 1


Evelyn Huynh

There are many negatives and positives that a smartphone can have, but a new study suggests that the more time you spend on your smartphone, the worse you’ll sleep.

Studies have shown that people who use their smartphones for the most time during the month-long study period get less sleep and were less likely to have a quality sleep than those who spent less time on their phones. It also states that people who used their smartphones right before bedtime took longer to fall asleep. More…