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.

National Youth Science Camp

The NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP is an honors program for two high achieving high school students from each state in the nation and others from around the world. This residential summer experience is held in a rustic setting in West Virginia’s eastern mountains and has honored and challenged more than 5,000 participants since it began in 1963.

The Financial Aid Handbook

An invaluable read for all grade levels, written by two former college admission deans:

The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford

From the Amazon description: “In today’s tough economy, a college degree is more important–and more expensive–than ever before. The Financial Aid Handbook is the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation.”

 

MST 9 Romeo and Juliet

Students in Mr. MacGowan’s MST English class performed their scenes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the delight of their instructor. He raved over their performances which were rendered with uninhibited spirit and passion. Mac said of their efforts, ”These students were wonderful to work with. To see the kids in this element and how they embraced the challenge reveals how well rounded and talented these kids really are in all academic disciplines.”

The other pictures are Jason Kim as Friar Laurence and Rachel Duquette and Morgan Dunn as Romeo and Benvolio respectively.

Magnet Sophomores Get Hands “Dirty” in AP Bio

Basking in the glory of their post AP Bio haze, Magnet sophomores got their hands “dirty” this week doing fetal pig dissections.  Way to go, sophomore Magnetos!

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

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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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.

Two Magnetos visit CDC Atlanta

Marcus and Rachel visit the CDC in Atlanta as a result of their national championship in Disease Detectives. Mrs. Dean and Abe also visited.

AP Bio Fruit Flies

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

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.

Outliers

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Magnet students attempt to pick up with chopsticks as many jelly beans as possible in 30 seconds to unpack Malcolm Gladwell’s ideas about practice and opportunity in his chapter on The 10000 Hour Rule. Student designed and taught lesson.

“Table Reading” of Julius Caesar Video Project Script!

Sophomore magnet students use Chromebooks to do a table reading of a draft of a shared screenplay they’ve written together for the Julius Caesar video assignment.  As they read through the document, they digitally dialogue and make edits via the shared Drive document they’ve created.

JC Table Read.

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.

Financial Aid Dos and Don’ts

Finding the funds to pay for a post-secondary education can be a stressful endeavor. Tis the season for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and financial aid packages from colleges begin arriving soon as well. Should your student not receive enough financial aid to make attendance possible, I encourage students to contact the school(s) and discuss their financial situation and academic goals. Some colleges are firm in their offers while others will reevaluate the financial aid package they have extended, and unless asked, you may never know what possibilities are available.  Financial Aid Dos and Don’ts

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.

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!

Magnet Overnighter 2013

Many think that the typical Magnet student keeps his/her nose in the books and does not know how to let loose…think again! Click on the link above to see the other side of a Magnet student during our overnighter last weekend.

The Other Side of a Magnet Student

Jun 06

Symposium 2014

Our annual CHS MST Magnet Research Symposium is a showcase of original student research and project work done over the course of the year in grades 9-12.  We displayed close to 40 projects in the CHS commons last night, 06/04/14. This project study is at the heart of what our program strives to be: an interdisciplinary, inquiry based experience and community through which students hone their understanding of the research process, develops skills on how to work on a team, and refine their presentation skills and ability to communicate. Oh how the program has grown and evolved!

Going way back to the fall of 2007 and the genesis of the MST program, we nervously welcomed our first class of some 30 bright eyed Magnet pioneers.  They were the ones who paved the way for a program that is now on the verge of graduating its 4th class.  It’s hard to believe it, but in just one week’s time, we’ll watch that 4th MST Magnet class, the class of 2014, walk across the stage at Doc Harris to join prior graduating classes in studying all over the US, applying the lessons they learned here at CHS and in the MST Magnet.  Congratulations to all the students of the program, but especially the graduating class of 2014. Go forth and conquer!  Qapla’ !

May 22

2013 Magnet Graduate Hollar Earns Research Award

Recent CHS / MST Magnet grad Sierra Hollar was awarded a $2,000 summer research grant by Boise State University and their STEM Summer Research Community.  ”The Boise State Summer Research Community  program hosts several activities in partnership with several student research programs to involve the participants to unique interdisciplinary learning and research opportunities. Interaction with peers from a variety of disciplines provides an academically enriching environment.” The award is given to only one student per semester.

From her winning proposal that was peer reviewed by a scholar in Germany: “I wish to engage in the study of a novel group of symbiotic organisms, trichomycetes, in order to develop skills and expertise that will offer a contribution to the larger scientific community. This research could potentially yield new discoveries of both different microorganisms and candidate hosts, as well as give insight into habitats, traditional methods to preserve, and even prospective ways in which to harness, cultivate, and observe them in detail.”

Congratulations, Sierra!

May 19

Magnet Sophomores Get Hands “Dirty” in AP Bio

Basking in the glory of their post AP Bio haze, Magnet sophomores got their hands “dirty” this week doing fetal pig dissections.  Way to go, sophomore Magnetos!

May 16

Magnet Juniors Earn Honors at Intel ISEF!

“This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 435 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the top winners, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research …” Among those 1,700 were two of our very own, Meghal Sheth and Reesab Pathak.  Congratulations to both of them.  We’re very proud of you!

  • Meghal Sheth, 3rd Place, $1,000, Cellular and Molecular Biology: Does BPA Cause Hearing Loss? Assessing the Potential Ototoxicity Induced by Bisphenol – A in Danio rerio (Zebrafish) Lateral Line
  • Reesab Pathak, 3rd Place, $1,000, Cellular and Molecular Biology: Universal, MHC-E Restricted Killer T Cell Responses: Identification of a Novel Immune Response against HIV

Reesab also won the Arizona State University Provost Scholarship.

If you would like to read the press release on all of the winners, please visit the following link: https://www.societyforscience.org/press-release-intel-isef-2014-top-winners

 

Meghal Sheth (left) at ISEF with her award and new ISEF pal from New York.

Meghal Sheth (left) at ISEF with her award and new ISEF pal from New York.

 

Reesab Pathak attends to his award winning poster and project at ISEF 2014.

Reesab Pathak attends to his award winning poster and project at ISEF 2014.

Apr 29

MST 9 Romeo and Juliet

Students in Mr. MacGowan’s MST English class performed their scenes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the delight of their instructor. He raved over their performances which were rendered with uninhibited spirit and passion. Mac said of their efforts, ”These students were wonderful to work with. To see the kids in this element and how they embraced the challenge reveals how well rounded and talented these kids really are in all academic disciplines.”

The other pictures are Jason Kim as Friar Laurence and Rachel Duquette and Morgan Dunn as Romeo and Benvolio respectively.

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