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

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.

STEM Summer Program at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst in offering a 6-week Research Intensive, which places high school students in professional working labs. Several departments are participating, including Biology and Psychology as well as Biochemistry and Food Science. Descriptions of all of the labs available can be found at the following link: http://www.umass.edu/summercollege/research-intensives.  They are also offering several 2-week intensives in the STEM fields, including Engineering, Chemistry, Astronomy, and Kinesiology, among others.

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.

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.

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.

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

MST APES Peer Mentoring at Lacamas

9th grade MST APES students demonstrated their abilities this week with the highest level of assessment: the ability to teach their learning targets to others. To do so, they peer mentored and taught Ms. Sturges’ class of 2nd graders from Lacamas Elementary the concepts of biodiversity and sustainability. They accomplished this by building EcoColumns and recording their observations, and they also practiced methods of measurements for the health of their systems based on dissolved oxygen levels in their aquatic chamber and the qualities of the soil in their terrestrial chambers through ribbon and texture tests. These students all proved that they got their hands dirty this week!

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.

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.

MST staffs the CEF Auction

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Four of our intrepid crew.

Senior Showcase

On December 9th, 2013, the entire Magnet senior class presented their summer internship work and projects to the Camas School District school board and community at the Zellerbach Administration Center.  After the poster fair, staff, students, and community convened for the regular school board meeting and listened to formal presentations of internships by seniors Carly Marshall, Xinyang Chen, Zach Hein, and Matt Palodichuck.

Marshall worked over the summer at CID Bioscience in Camas, WA., where she conducted an investigation designed to test the filtration feature of a portable ethylene gas analyzer and to display the functionality of the CI-900 in a real world application of monitoring the ethylene production of fruit. Fruit Tests with the CI-900 Portable Ethylene Gas Analyzer.

Chen, Hein, and Palodichuck conducted their internships at Underwriters Laboratories in Camas, WA. They sought to design a tool in Microsoft InfoPath to standardize the process of estimating the hours needed to certify products. Designing an InfoPath Product Scoping Tool for UL

Congratulations, seniors, on your successful internships and projects!

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

“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.

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.

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.”

 

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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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’ !

AP Bio Fruit Flies

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

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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