APES EcoColumns

In the EcoColumn project, students in Mrs. Dean’s AP Environmental Science class design, build, and monitor the interconnected chambers of an “EcoColumn”. Each student becomes an expert in one of the three environments: aquatic, decomposition, or terrestrial. Measurements and adjustments are made to create a healthy system. This week we started observing the changes in these systems with the invasion of two different types of Copepods.

Adventures in Non-Fiction

Sophomore Pre-AP English students in the Magnet read Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers, in which he explores the hidden factors that play into achievement and success. For our study of the book, students are assigned sections of the book to teach the class. They design lessons tied to the Common Core standards, develop learning targets and activities, and create formative assessments to determine their individual level of “success” in teaching a lesson meant to underscore Gladwell’s ideas about success in that section.  The activities they’ve designed have all essentially been based off of levels of advantage/disadvantage that groups and individuals have and how this impacts their success, according to the author.

Parent Information Meeting

Join us on January 16, 2014, at 7:00 PM in the CHS North Commons to hear more about the program, meet current students and staff, and get answers to questions you might have about the program and application process.

Important FASFA Information

Seniors planning on attending college and applying for scholarships and financial aid for the fall of 2014 must submit the FAFSA form. In order to fill out the FAFSA, students and one parent/guardian must each request individual pin numbers that will serve as an electronic tracking system and signature. A  pin request can be made at www.pin.ed.edu.  It takes approximately 24-48 hours to receive a confirmation of your pin request. Then between January 1-31, even if family taxes have not been submitted, the FAFSA form can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once taxes are submitted to the IRS, then a FAFSA correction must be made at the same website.

December Mini-Symposium

In December of each year we host a smaller version of the full-blown, 9-12th grade research Symposium we put on in May of each year.  This mini-event is a presentation of the undersclassmen’s first phase of their research.  We enlist the help of our upperclassmen and recent graduates who act as panelists to offer constructive feedback in our efforts to help them develop their work and prepare for the second phase of their projects for second semester.

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AP Bio Fruit Flies

Magnet AP Biology students examine fruit flies for gender and phenotype in preparation for a genetics lab.

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

4  of our Magnet students competed in the 2014 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair April 4th-5th. There were over 600 posters presented competing for the best of the best. Our kids shined: Reese Pathak, Sophie Shoemaker and Meghal Sheth all earned first in their categories. Bilal Manzer, only a freshman, earned 2nd in his category. Several special awards were handed out as well–each of our students earned at least one. Reese and Meghal will go on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

Project: Creating Fresh Water from Benthic Mud

Project: Creating Fresh Water from Benthic Mud

Reese Pathak

Project: Helping to Find a Vaccine for HIV

Regional SEF Results

CHS/Magnet students in grades 9-12 participated in the regional Science and Engineering Fair (SEF) on Saturday, March 1st.  Chaperoned by SEF guru Ron Wright and CHS teacher extraordinaire Kim Newman, Camas students entered seven projects. The results were amazing. Each project earned first place in its category. Additionally, best in show was earned by two Camas projects and thus an all expenses paid trip to ISEF in Los Angeles, CA in May (Reesab Patha and Meghal Sheth)  Excellent! CHS teacher Jennifer Dean contributed greatly as an advisor to nearly all of these projects. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Jon Bartlett
  • Rachel Fadlovich
  • Bilal Manzer
  • Reesab Pathak
  • Meghal Sheth
  • Sophie Shoemaker
  • Chemay Shola

What’s a reebop?

Sophomores in AP Biology completed a final project that synthesized all their learning in the unit for breeding reebops, curious little creatures who live on the fields of the Camas Meadows golf course.

Geometry Turkey Constructions!

Here are our freshmen working on their turkey constructions in geometry.  Most turkeys have an ominous fate over Thanksgiving break, but hopefully these turkeys will be coming to life with some creative coloring and design.

Imagine This!

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students from Camas High School earned top honors at the fifth annual Imagine Tomorrow competition for their Nature’s Filter storm filter project and their Aquaponics system project.

More than 119 teams from 47 high schools from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana competed in the energy-focused problem-solving competition held this past May 18-20 at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.  In this competition, teams of two to five students competed in four categories: Behavior, Biofuels, Design and Technology.

Students Ryan Lim, Zach Hein, Carly Marshall, Ryann Bruno and Xianguang Yan designed a stormwater filter that would work with existing stormwater infrastructure. The filter uses microorganisms to break down nitrogenous pollutants, turning them into atmospheric nitrogen, and helps combat eutrophication, which can lead to excessive algae growth.  The project earned them a first place award in the Design category.  Each of the students received $1000 and the school received $5000.

Students Hope Richter, Edie Myers-Powers, Sophie Shoemaker and Esther Kwon placed third in the Design category with their Aquaponics design.  They successfully created a functioning system out of recycled materials in a Camas High School greenhouse where fish and plants are grown in a mutualistic relationship. Each of the students received $500 and the school received $1500.

This is the fifth year of Imagine Tomorrow. CHS has taken eight teams each of the five years and has brought home prizes each year. To learn more about Imagine Tomorrow, go to http://imagine.wsu.edu/

This event is sponsored by Bank of America, Boeing, Weyehaeuser, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliances, and BP.

NASA WISH Scholars Program

NASA is accepting applications until noon CST Monday, Feb. 3, for its 2014 Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program, in which high school junior girls can jump-start their future careers by exploring possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Caesar Videos!

Sophomore Magnet students worked to interpret scenes from Julius Caesar and update it with a new theme while retaining basic plot and tone.  In the process they learned about storyboarding, screen play writing, and working with a team to make/edit a video:  Bill and Ted’s Gotham Problem / Inception Caesar , High School Musical Caesar, and Hunger Games Caesar.

Magnet Junior’s Mentor Fêted in WSUV Magazine

Meghal Sheth, a junior in our Magnet program, has presented her research at two professional conferences this year and has won several awards, such as first place in the Washington State Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium. On pages 9-12 in the WSU-V Crimson & Gray magazine, Meghal’s mentor (Dr. Allison Coffin) is featured—the article includes a nice bit about our very own Meghal and the impact Dr. Coffin has had on her. Kudos to both Dr. Coffin and Meghal!  And Go Cougs!

Long Lost Relatives

AP Biology students build proteins to find their long-lost relatives and practice the processes of transcription and translation.

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State Science And Engineering Fair Results – WOW!

The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (SEF) finals were held last Saturday, March 31.  There were 540 projects entered in this year’s State SEF.  Camas School District had one project from Dorothy Fox and 15 projects from Camas High School.  9 parents accompanied their students to the fair.  One parent, new to SEF, summed up her experience by saying: “This feels like a ‘Big Bang’ convention.  It is so refreshing to hear this techno-nerdy humor from all of these kids.  I am so happy mine is here and I wish more parents would bring theirs”.

Emily Sheppard, fifth grader from Lee Ellen Lawrence’s classroom at Dorothy Fox, placed first in category with her project “Elevation and Temperature”.

CHS also had a good showing with 7 firsts in category, 3 seconds, 4 thirds, and 8 special awards.  Only one high school had more projects winning awards than CHS.  Below is the CHS projects listing:

Listing (place, entry#, name, short title, special awards:

2nd EV 261         Camas            Caroline Kealoha                       Lacamas Lake; Fixing Soil to Grow Brassica rapa, NASA Space Grant; and Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

2nd BI 274           Camas            Meghal Sheth                            Design and Analysis of Synthetic Peptide Based Protease Inhibitors,

** PH 262         Camas            Yushuan Peng                           Musical  Instrument Design

1st BE 258       Camas              Jonathan Liao                           Boys vs Girls in Active and Passive Learning,

3rd BE 251       Camas              Rachel Fadlovich, Camille Ritter  Learning the Kids Way, Outstanding Statistical Thinking Award

1st CS 248       Camas              Noah Encke                              Utilizing a Cross-Platform Mobile Software Engine to Develop an Application for a Client Company

2nd ME 263       Camas              Joanna Liao                              Improving the Process, Parkinsons Patient Registry

1st EM 275       Camas              Sophie Shoemaker                    A Recycled Aquaponic System-The Agriculture3 of the Future, Stockholm Water Prize

1st EN 250       Camas              Kyle Binder and Shicon Wen      Affects of Motor Oil on Pisum Stavia,

1st CB 286       Camas              Reesab Pathak                          Design of Novel Pro-Protein Convertase Inhibitors; Wolfram Mathematica Award, Ohio Wesylyan Scholarship (20,000/yr, renewable), WSU College of Arts and Sciences, scholarhip (2,500/yr renewable); Best of Show finalist

1st EM – 257        Camas              Elizabeth Nickerson                   Cleaning up an oil spill using ferrofluids in different proportions, NASA Space Grant

3 EM – 253         Camas              Jackson Merle                           Ferrofluid application in fresh and salt water oil spills

1st BE – 249            Camas                   Aaron Deml                  Exploring environmental teaching options

3rd ET – 256             Camas                   Jonathan Ho               Compost to Electricity

3rd EE – 259             Camas                   Lily Hsu and Philip Barlas               Wafer Failure Analysis and Stage Design Improvement

Apr 14

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

4  of our Magnet students competed in the 2014 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair April 4th-5th. There were over 600 posters presented competing for the best of the best. Our kids shined: Reese Pathak, Sophie Shoemaker and Meghal Sheth all earned first in their categories. Bilal Manzer, only a freshman, earned 2nd in his category. Several special awards were handed out as well–each of our students earned at least one. Reese and Meghal will go on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

Project: Creating Fresh Water from Benthic Mud

Project: Creating Fresh Water from Benthic Mud

Reese Pathak

Project: Helping to Find a Vaccine for HIV

Mar 27

Magnet Junior’s Mentor Fêted in WSUV Magazine

Meghal Sheth, a junior in our Magnet program, has presented her research at two professional conferences this year and has won several awards, such as first place in the Washington State Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium. On pages 9-12 in the WSU-V Crimson & Gray magazine, Meghal’s mentor (Dr. Allison Coffin) is featured—the article includes a nice bit about our very own Meghal and the impact Dr. Coffin has had on her. Kudos to both Dr. Coffin and Meghal!  And Go Cougs!

Mar 26

Adventures in Non-Fiction

Sophomore Pre-AP English students in the Magnet read Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers, in which he explores the hidden factors that play into achievement and success. For our study of the book, students are assigned sections of the book to teach the class. They design lessons tied to the Common Core standards, develop learning targets and activities, and create formative assessments to determine their individual level of “success” in teaching a lesson meant to underscore Gladwell’s ideas about success in that section.  The activities they’ve designed have all essentially been based off of levels of advantage/disadvantage that groups and individuals have and how this impacts their success, according to the author.

Mar 22

State 4A Knowledge Bowl

Senior Magnet students Rachel Fadlovich, Kyle Binder, Tim Liu, Lindsay Weinberg, Xinyang Chen, and Shicon Wen competed this past weekend in the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament.  They did Camas High School and the Magnet proud, overcoming a tough start to place second in state at 4A, missing first place by only 1 point!  Shown with the students is their coach, Dale Croswell, CHS teacher and soon to be CHS retiree after 40 years teaching and 28 years as knowledge bowl coach.  Way to go, team!

Mar 17

Meghal Sheth Wins First Place at WSJHS

On March 14th, Meghal Sheth and Reesab Pathak presented their research at the Washington Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium. Reesab was chosen in the top 6 in the poster category. Awesome job, Reese! Meghal competed as a finalist for the oral presentation. Of the 15 presenters, Meghal earned first place and now gets to compete in the national competition in Washington DC.

Meghal Sheth wins first place at WJSHS

Meghal Sheth (center) wins first place at WJSHS

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