May 27

Symposium 2016

We convened the entire MST Magnet program here at CHS on Wednesday night, grades 9-12, staff, parents, family, friends, and even a couple of graduates, to celebrate and showcase the year’s project study.  It was an impressive showing that began with a fair in the Commons, followed by formal presentations in the North Commons (after we gave up trying to get the technology in the theater to work).

We heard from the following student presenters:

  • A team anchored by juniors Calvin Taylor and Phoebus Tsai and supported by sophomores Gabe Mukobi and Duy Vuong shared the work they did on their Riffling Thermal Pollution project. By the way, they recently earned a second place in the Build Environment challenge category at the WSU Imagine Tomorrow Competition for this work.
  • Seniors Carly Langer and Casey Tolcser shared their internship experience conducted at Reed College centered on research about enhancing the growth and maturation of zebrafish larvae.
  • And senior Anna Roche spoke on her internship at WSUV, as well as her recent trip to ISEF earlier this month.

Excellent work with your projects this year, Magnetos. And a hearty congratulations to the seniors as they close this chapter in their lives and begin a new one.  Best of luck in your studies as you join other Magnetos and Papermakers studying across the world to realize their dreams.

Cheers!

May 24

WSU Pullman Imagine Tomorrow 2016 Results

Camas High School’s MST program made the annual sojourn to the WSU Imagine Tomorrow competition this past weekend with a select group of 8 projects from this year’s crop of student project work. The results were impressive.  Out of approximately 135 projects submitted from about 35 schools from across Washington and Idaho, four of our projects earned recognition, with Camas kids taking home a 1st, 2nd, and two Honorable Mention awards!  Congratulations to all who won awards, but I’d also like to offer kudos to each team for qualifying and representing Camas with pride and integrity.  Bravo!

Here are the results:

  • Sophomore Sarah Wells-Moran took home a first place for her Building a Living (Outer) Space project that was submitted in the Boeing Aerospace challenge category.
  • A team anchored by juniors Calvin Taylor and Phoebus Tsai and supported by sophomores Gabe Mukobi and Duy Vuong earned a second place in the Build Environment challenge category for their Riffling Thermal Pollution project.
  • Also in the Build Environment challenge category, a freshmen team made of Quan Ho, Sydney Jenkins, Yuanju Tsai, Eric Wu, and Christopher Xia got an Honorable Mention for their Unlocking the Wind’s Potential with Creativity project.
  • Freshmen Monica Chang and Jessica Bretz also earned an Honorable Mention in the Food, Energy, and Water category for their project titled Measuring Ecotoxicity: The Effects of Triclosan on Aquatic Organisms.

If you’re not familiar with this science fair and competition, here’s an excerpt from their website: “Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources. Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.”

May 12

Magnet Senior Roche Celebrated in Post Record

MST senior Anna Roche earned distinction this year at the Washington state Science and Engineering Fair (WSEF), enough so that she was invited to the ISEF in Arizona.  Read all about it in this week’s Post Record:  CHS students sweep state science fair

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May 04

Magnet Alum Pathak (’15) Published in Science Magazine

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2015 CHS/MST graduate Reesab Pathak recently received a co-author credit in an article published in the February 2016 issue of Science. Much of the work he contributed to this study was based off the internship experienced he had through the MST program at OHSU. Congratulations, Reese. Mr. Pathak is currently conducting his undergraduate studies at Stanford.

“One promising approach toward an HIV-1 vaccine involves infecting people with cytomegalovirus engineered to express proteins from HIV-1. This approach, which works by eliciting virus-killing CD8+ T cells, provides robust protection in nonhuman primate models. Hansen et al. have found out why this approach is so effective. Normally, peptide antigens presented by major histocompatibility complex-1a (MHC-Ia) activate CD8+ T cells. In vaccinated monkeys, however, CD8+ T cells reacted to peptide antigens presented by MHC-E molecules instead. Moreover, MHC-E could present a much wider range of peptides than MHC-Ia.”  Science 12 Feb 2016

Apr 22

APES Energy “Speed Dating”

Speed dating (noun): an event at which each participant converses individually with all the prospective partners for a few minutes in order to select those with whom dates are desired.  

Mrs. Dean’s MST AP Environmental (APES) students took part in an energy speed-dating event with their class. They were responsible for researching the energy topic they were assigned or signed up for, and during the event they “became” that particular topic. For example, if they were assigned the topic of “biomass renewable energy”, they would have been researching the process, characteristic of biomass, and the advantages and disadvantages facing their energy source. During the speed dating session, they would have been talking to others as if they were THAT energy source, trying to talk themselves up.

Some comments you might have overheard at an energy speed dating party:

“I am the best dam option.”
“I’m space efficient…you can put me anywhere.”
“I am a cheap date.”
“I will wind you over.”

Nice work, APES!

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