Apr 13

CHS/MST Program Featured in IT Promo Video

The MST Magnet program had the rare opportunity this past fall to be interviewed for a feature documentary being produced to highlight the opportunities and challenges in STEM education as we move into the 21st century.  Our contribution to Imagining Tomorrow: STEM and the Future of Work is just a fraction of the overall video, but It’s very well done and worth a look if you’re interested in this topic.

Among the many insights and potential future shifts gleaned from the research for the documentary, these four stood out to the directors and producers:

1. Succeeding by Failing – utilizing more trial and error and scientific method.
2. Extended Conversations – fostering career connected learning face to face.
3. Students Leading – encouraging self-directed student programs and projects.
4. Learning to Learn – emphasizing process, problem-solving communications.

How will we meet these challenges and opportunities? Hmmmm.

Mar 28

WSSEF 2018 Results

34 of our students competed in the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair this past weekend. Congratulations to all of them who represented our school and their research with pride. Particular shout-outs go to the following people:


  • Alex Gee, Mark Robinson, and Jaden Le: 1st place in Environmental Engineering
  • Owen Baenen and Justine Pentergraft: 1st place in Energy
  • Gareth Starratt, George Walker, and Auny Kussad: 2nd place in Microbiology
  • Kate Staddon, Sophia Nelson, and  Rylee Ruark: 1st place in Environmental Science
  • Ben Saunders and Austin Ye: 1st place in Mechanical Engineering, $8000 Embry Riddle Launch Scholarship, U.S. Air Force Award for an Outstanding SEF Project, Excellence in Aeronautics Award
  • Michael Lee and Andrew Kim: 1st place in Environmental Science
  • Joey Stanley, Wilson Fresh, and Tyler Stanley: 1st place in Environmental Engineering
  • Tyler Gee and Julian McOmie: US Army Award


  • Hannah Tangen, Kathryn Wynn, and Sierra Mellor: 1st place in Environmental Engineering
  • Jacob Mukobi: 2nd place in Environmental Engineering category.
  • Junha Lee: 1st place in Microbiology category; US Army STEM Award, Wolfram Alpha STEM Award
  • Alexis Howard: 2nd place in Computational Engineering


  • Rahul Ram: 2nd place in Computational Biology


  • Duy Vuong: 1st place in Environmental Engineering
  • Sarah Wells-Moran: 2nd place in Embedded Systems
  • Gabe Mukobi: 1st place in Embedded Systems and American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronauts Scholarship

Invited to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May:

Rahul Ram, Odessa Thompson, Rose Leveen, and Bailey Segall.

From left to right: Duy Vuong, Shicon Wen (CHS/MST Class of ’14), Rahul Ram, Sarah Wells-Moran

Mar 22

Admissions Decision Update

The MST staff are in the process of finalizing admissions decisions for the 2018-19 cohort. We expect to notify families by the middle part of next week, 03/28/18, at the earliest. Thank you again for your interest in the program.

Mar 07

Admissions Testing Scheduled for Monday, 03/12/18

Thank you for your interest in the MST Magnet program. Students who have submitted an application by the deadline of this Friday, March 9th, by 3:00 PM, are eligible to take the admissions test. Here is some information on the testing portion of the admissions process that we’ve publicized.

The testing date is Monday, March 12th, and it will take place in the North Commons at CHS. In District students will be busesd from their home school to CHS that day around 12:15 PM. We are coordinating this with your middle school staff.  If you are from out of District, it will be your responsibility to arrange transportation for your student to CHS by 12:30 PM on that day.  Those students may check in at the front office when they arrive. All students should be ready for pick up from CHS at approximately 5:30 PM. The departure time may vary slightly depending on how long it takes to pass out and collect materials.

The test consists of two sections. During the first section, students will be working on a verbal and a math test and will have 2.5 hours to complete it. We will then take a break where snacks will be provided. After the break, students will have 1 hour to complete a writing prompt.

Students should plan on bringing #2 pencils for the test. They may also bring water and any special snack they would like to have during snack time. They will not need to bring a calculator, as they are not allowed on the math section.

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Morris or Sam Greene at Camas High School.

Mar 05

Gabe Speaks: CHS/MST Sr. Reflects on Fly-in Visits at Four Major Universities

CHS/MST senior Gabe Mukobi wasn’t quite sure where he wanted to go to college, so he took advantage of a little known program that many universities support called pre-admission fly-in. The basic idea of these programs is that, “One of the most important factors in deciding if a college is right for you is whether or not you can picture yourself as a member of campus. For many students this means a campus visit. If the college isn’t nearby, however, traveling to visit the college might not be possible due to financial limitations. The good news is that several colleges offer free fly-in programs, travel assistance scholarships, overnight programs and diversity programming that comes at little or no cost to students accepted to their programs!” (College Greenlight). Gabe spent part of the fall doing just that, visiting four colleges far from home, including Rice University, Columbia University, MIT, and CalTech. Read his story and advice here: Gabe Speaks!

Mar 04

MST Students Rock SW Washington SEF!

Congrats are in order to the 50 MST students who competed in this week’s science and engineering fair regional tournament. Best of Fair goes to Rahul Ram and runner up to the Bioplastics Team—Odessa Thompson, Rose Leveen, and Bailey Segall. These students get to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May. All of our students made Camas proud and many earned medals in their respective categories.

Best of Fair: Rahul Ram (earned all-expense paid trip to Pittsburgh for the International Science and Engineering Fair.)

Runner-Up to Best of Fair: Team Bioplastics (Odessa Thompson, Bailey Segall, and Rose Leveen). (Also earned all-expense paid trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair.)

Category Awards:

  • Cellular Biology: 1st to Abigail Jiang
  • Computational Biology: 1st to Rahul Ram and Sarah Wells-Moran (tie)
  • Environmental Science: 3rd t to Akash Prasad Ivan Delic
  • Embedded Systems: 1st to Gabe Mukobi
  • Physical Science: 1st to Owen Baenen and Justine Pentergraft
  • Engineering Mechanics: 1st to Benjamin Saunders and Austin Ye
  • Environmental Engineering: 1st to Bailey Segall, Odessa Thompson, and Rose Leveen; 2nd to Kathryn Wynn, Hannah Tangen, and Sierra Mellor; and 3rd to Rylee Ruark, Sophia Nelson, and Kate Staddon
  • Microbiology: 1st to Junha Lee; and 2nd to Gareth Starratt; and George Walker
  • Robotics: 1st to Julian McOmie and Tyler Gee

Feb 12

CHS/MST jr. Monica Chang wins the local Knight Essay contest!

CHS/MST jr. Monica Chang wins the local Knight Essay contest!
Here’s the message we received today: “It’s with great pleasure to announce that Monica Chang, a junior at Camas High School, is the local winner of the Knight Essay competition for the Sons of The American Legion, Ft. Vancouver Chapter.
Monica wrote an essay discussing Freedom of the Press: A Pillar of Modern Democracy. The Knight Essay is a national program that’s open to all high school students– with the topic of the essay addressing an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution.
Competition is held at the local, state and national levels, and by winning the Ft. Vancouver Chapter award she now competes at the Washington state level. Monica will be presented her Ft. Vancouver award at our chapter meeting this coming Saturday, February 17th. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Mill Creek Pub, 1710 SW 9th Ave., in Battleground.” https://goo.gl/JJDFUK
Congrats, Monica!

Feb 07

Magnet Shirt 2018

Hey Magnetos,

We are ordering shirts for MST Magnet! Please let us know on this survey if you will be buying one – you have the option between a t-shirt, long sleeve, and hoodie. The design below was created by our wonderful Justine P!

If you are interested in buying one, please complete the survey – the more people interested, the lower the cost will be. We will send out the official order form sometime next week so you can pay online.


Feb 07

MST Jr. Kaitlin Beel Honored by VFW

We mentioned back in December how Magnet sophomore Jaden Kim was honored by the local VFW (Jaden Kim VFW) through an extra credit assignment in Mr. Greene’s class, but little did we know until recently that Magnet junior Kaitlin Beel was also honored as a winner by the Vancouver VFW post!  Kaitlin’s winning essay was selected from a wide field of essays based on the following prompt: “American History: Our Hope for the Future”.  Belated congratulations to you, Kaitlin!  Well done!  Read her essay here: VFW

Feb 07

Magnet “Night of Service” at CCFB, 2/27/18


Magnetos, join us in a couple of weeks for a night of service on Tuesday, February 27th, from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Clark County Food Bank. We need about 50 volunteers to work with teams of other Magnetos and staff to sort and/or repackage bulk donations for distribution to local families.

If you’d like to do this, sign up here: Magnet Night of Service at CCFB Sign Up  To be clear, you’ll need to provide your own transportation, and you’ll also need to have your parent/guardian fill out the Volunteer Registration form that I’ll collect from you before the event. Please deliver those to me in 710. Come on, Magnetos, let’s do this!  See below for more info:

Arriving at CCFB

For travel options and directions to the facility, click here. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your shift. Check in at the front desk when you arrive. If you are arriving after hours, please ring the doorbell at the main entrance. The volunteer orientation begins promptly at the scheduled start time. If you arrive late, please check in with a Volunteer Shift Leader for directions.

Safety Guidelines

  • You will be turned away if you are wearing improper footwear as you will be working in the warehouse. Shoes must have closed toes and heels (no sandals, clogs, slippers or high heels).
  • All new volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Registration form.
  • All volunteers are required to sign in and out on the Volunteer Service Log as a way to track volunteer hours.
  • Parents and/or guardians are required to sign Volunteer Waiver forms for first-time volunteers under the age of 18 years.
  • If you have cold symptoms or open wounds, please do not show up to volunteer.
  • Temperatures in the volunteer areas can vary. Layers are recommended.

Check out the video of last year’s service night:

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