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10th grader invents low-cost prosthetic arm that can be controlled by the mind

  • Virginia senior Benjamin Choi, 17, has invented an affordable, mind-controlled prosthetic arm that costs only $300 to create.
  • Choi first designed the prosthetic as a 10th-grader in the summer of 2020, when COVID-19 barred him from leaving home.
  • After over 75 iterations, the robotic arm is now made with engineering-grade materials and run by artificial intelligence that interprets brain waves with 95% accuracy.
  • The invention has brought Choi multiple awards, funding and two provisional patents before he enters college.
  • Choi is also his school’s student body president, a nationally-ranked squash player and a competitive violinist.

A 17-year-old in Virginia is making headlines for creating an affordable prosthetic arm that can be controlled by the mind.

Benjamin Choi, now a senior at Potomac High School, developed the first version of the robotic arm in 2020 using his sister’s $75 3D printer and some fishing line.

Girl, 14, beaten unconscious by older male student in Canada after he made anti-Asian, homophobic remarks

Teen Attacked British Columbia
  • Janice Xie, a 14-year-old Canadian high school student, suffered head injuries that left her unconscious after an alleged unprovoked attack by a 17-year-old male student in the city of Richmond.
  • "He called me a homophobic slur. He called me the 'F' slur and said all Asians are ugly and that he hates all Asians," Xie said.
  • The male student, whose identity was withheld in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was apprehended at the scene and released to a legal guardian.
  • Tim Sorensen, the victim's father, said local authorities informed him that the alleged attacker would be formally charged with assault.
  • The incident is currently under investigation by the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Richmond.

Local authorities in Canada are investigating an attack that left a 14-year-old student unconscious inside a high school in the city of Richmond.

Janice Xie, a Grade 9 student at Hugh Boyd Secondary School, said a 17-year-old Grade 11 student beat her up in a school corridor and left her with head injuries on Thursday.

Students will play video games as part of their curriculum at Japan’s first esports high school

Japan is taking the next step in esports development by opening the country’s first esports high school.

The school, Esports Koutou Gakuin, will most likely open in April, according to Kotaku. It will be funded by the esports divisions of Japanese telecom company NTT and pro soccer team Tokyo Verdy. It’s also being staffed by professional esports players as well as managers from those companies. So if you want to start playing now, you can go to sites like

Salutatorian Faces Racist Bullying After Applauding ‘Middle Eastern Peers’ in Speech


A young Asian American woman in Davie, Fla., has become the target of racist cyberbullying after she applauded “Middle Eastern peers” for making it through high school in her graduation speech.

What she said: Rachel Cheng, this year’s salutatorian of Western High School, used her time on stage on June 8 to address the struggles faced by Asian Americans and other minorities to get to graduation.

SF’s Top Public High School Drops Good Grades for Admissions, Will Now Use Lottery

Lowell High School, regarded as San Francisco’s top public high school, will no longer consider academic achievement in its admission process.

The San Francisco Board of Education voted 5-2 in favor of a random lottery system on Tuesday night, halting the school’s century-long practice of administering entrance tests and evaluating scholastic records.

Washington School District Says Asians Aren’t ‘Students of Color’, Now Counted With White Students

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A school district in Washington has sparked controversy after excluding Asians from a category that denoted “students of color” in a performance report.

North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS), which oversees 22 schools and some 16,000 students, instead lumped Asian and White students together, hoping that it would boost the growth rate of underperforming groups.

California Passes Bill to Make Ethnic Studies a Requirement for High School Students

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A new California bill headed to Governor Gavin Newsom is set to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement for high school students in the state.

Assembly Bill 331: Should the governor sign the landmark bill, California would become the first state to require that all high school students pass a one-semester ethnic studies course, SF Chronicle reports.  

Fruit Cut By Your Asian Parents is Worth a Thousand Words

It’s a quarter past midnight. There are about a million jumbled thoughts racing through my scrambled mind, but one common theme interconnects them all: I am completely, utterly, devastatingly unprepared for my chemistry test tomorrow. I can’t tell the difference between an alkene and an alkane, and I haven’t even gotten around to studying NMRs yet. 

There’s a certain gut feeling you get in situations like this. It’s a taunting, tiny, yet deafening voice circling the back of your head, whispering “you’re screwed” over and over again; it’s a sinking feeling in your stomach you get when you’re almost to the drop of the roller coaster, like you know the worst is coming and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Life is a highway, and I was about to crash. 

Asian Student Reported Her Ex-Friend Over a Racist Instagram Post, She Was Accused of LYING Instead

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with additional comments from Madison’s mother, Christina Chacon.

A Korean American high school senior in Georgia is being praised on social media for speaking up against racism toward the Asian community in this time of coronavirus pandemic — especially after her authenticity was questioned by no less than a principal.