May 22

Imagine This!

This past weekend about 28 of our freshmen and sophomore Magnetos and four MST staff loaded up the big yellow limousine and took the long sojourn to Washington State University to compete in the annual Imagine Tomorrow science competition. Our students did very well this year.

If you’re not familiar with the event, the organizers state that, “Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.”  We took eight teams in total, and half of them earned awards, giving us our best showing in the history of our participation in this competition.  Here are the winners:

  • 1st Place in the Boeing Aerospace Challenge (Design), freshmen Amy Fan, Emma McBride, Bailey Segal, and Kenneth Wright for Incorporating Aquatic Snails Into Vertical-Style Home Based Aquaponics
  • 1st Place in the The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge (Behavior), sophomores Kaitlin Beel, Cole Childers, Anthony Choi, Harrison Cole, and Zack Shafer for The Effectiveness and Environmental Effects of Chloride-Based Deicers
  • 2nd Place in the The Biofuels Challenge (Technology), freshmen Sierra Mellor and Hannah Tangen for Evolving Aeroponics: Growing Plants in Air
  • 2nd Place in the The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge (Design) & The Global Innovation Award, freshmen Sarah Chelsey, Chloe Higgins, Rose Leveen, Odessa Thompson, and Mary-Elizabeth Wurzer for Protecting the Environment with Bioplastics

Congratulations to the 400 or so students who attended from some 30 schools across both Washington and Idaho. Whether awards were won or not, the experience is always a good one to be on your feet talking with experts in the field you’ve also worked in.  Bravo!

P.S. If you’d like to see how we’ve done over the years at Imagine Tomorrow, visit this document: IT Historical for CHS.