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!

Apr 12

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2016

Congratulations to 10 of our students who competed at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair in Bremerton, Washington over spring break. All 10 earned state honors:

In the Engineering Mechanics Category 1st place honors to sophomore Sarah Wells-Moran and 2nd place honors to freshman Rahul Ram; Earth and Environmental Sciences Category  3rd place honors to freshman Monica Chang and Jessica Bretz; Plant Sciences Category 1st place honors to sophomores Gabe Mukobi and Noah Thompson; in the Environmental Engineering Category 1st place honors to freshmen Devank Shekhar, Shevank Shekhar, and Ashley Teng; in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Category 1st place honors to freshman Daniela Smektala; and finally in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Category 1st place honors to senior Anna Roche. Top honors also go to Anna as she has been invited to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Phoenix, Arizona. Way to go, Magnetos!

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