2021 MST Magnet Picnic

On Friday, June 4th, from 4-530pm, we had our annual end of the year MST Magnet Picnic at Grass Valley Park in Camas, WA. It was well attended, with between 70-80 Magnetos coming together to enjoy each other’s company, reflect on the year, play spike ball, hacky sack, kick ball, etc. No food this year, but at least we were able to get together and it didn’t rain!

This has been the strangest of strange years as we’ve walked through a pandemic together. We really appreciate the grace and flexibility you all demonstrated with us and your peers that helped us get through this.

Good luck to the seniors as you start the next phase of your journey! For the rest of us, let’s finish the year strong and then go and enjoy our well-deserved summer!

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Magnetos Excel at ISEF

Two of our MST students, Aiden Bai and Sunny Wang, qualified to participate in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) this year, advancing through regional and then state qualifiers to earn their spots. Congratulations to Aiden Bai (10th grade MST student) who placed second in the Systems Software category. He won $2,000 in prize money for his project, which focused on using his streamlined LUCIA JavaScript software library to create performance-focused web applications. Way to represent Camas, Aiden and Sunny! We are so proud of you.

ISEF, a program of Society for Science for over 70 years, is the world’s largest global science competition for high schoolers. Through a global network of local, regional, and national science fairs, millions of students are encouraged to explore their passion for scientific inquiry. Each spring, a group of these students is selected as finalists and offered the opportunity to compete for approximately U.S. $5 million in awards and scholarships. This year’s ISEF featured over 1,800 young scientists representing 49 states and 64 countries around the world. 

For a full list of ISEF awards, click here.

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2021 CHS MST Research Symposium Recap

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, we were unable to have our annual “in person” research Symposium of MST project study that we usually present to the CSD staff, family, friends, and community each spring. Fear not, though! We’ve found a digital solution to honor their work. Please take a moment to peruse the interest based playlists below to see and hear what you have made possible through your continued support of the Math, Science, and Technology Magnet program at CHS.

For those who were unable to attend the 5/24/21 live Research Symposium Webinar where we highlighted research from two seniors (including information on their internships), a sophomore group, and a freshman group, here’s the recording of that event for your review: CHS MST Research Symposium Webinar

Congratulations, Magnetos!

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MST Rocket Boys Advance to Finals

The Camas Magnet Rocketry Team, consisting of Steven Wu, Stephen Fewel, and Andrew Allen (10th grade MST students) has qualified to compete in the national finals of the 19th annual American Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team is one of 100 teams from across the country competing to claim the title of national champion. The American Rocketry Challenge’s Final Fly-Offs will take place June 13th in Pasco, WA. The final would typically take place on a single day/launch outside of Washington, DC, but regional launch sites have replaced a national one due to COVID-19.

The American Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build and fly a rocket that meets specific altitude and flight duration parameters. This year’s rules require teams to design, build and launch a model rocket that carries one raw egg to an altitude of 800 feet, stays airborne for 40-43 seconds, and return the rocket to the ground safely with the egg intact. At the National Finals, each team’s goal is to launch a rocket 775 feet and land within 39-42 seconds. The second flight goal is 825 feet and land within 41-44 seconds.

The Camas Magnet Rocketry Team will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, along with the title of National Champion. The top 25 teams will be invited to next year’s NASA Student Launch workshop. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and more than a dozen industry partners, The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest. Now in its 19th year, The American Rocketry Challenge has inspired more than 80,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM fields. This year, 615 teams representing 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands designed and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.

Good luck on June 13th, Team! Let’s go!

For more information about The American Rocketry Challenge 2021 please visit www.rocketcontest.org. For the full list of 100 finalists, click here.

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2021 Research Symposium Webinar


You are invited to attend the CHS MST Research Symposium Webinar on Monday, May 24th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. At this event, we will highlight research from two seniors (including information on their internships), a sophomore group, and a freshman group. They will present their experiences from this past year, and then there will be time for questions and answers. Join us, please!

While we are sad to miss our in-person Symposium for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, we are excited to offer this opportunity to share what our students have been doing. If you’re unable to make it, fear not. We will have a video of the webinar available shortly after this event, as well as a series of video playlists cataloguing all the projects done this year.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar
When: May 24, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CHS MST Research Symposium Webinar

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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2019 CHS/MST Grad Abigail Jiang Wins SURF Speaking Competition!


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Quantum Computing Will Change the World!

“Be one of the first high school students to learn about the emerging technology that will change the world as we know it: quantum computing!

In this camp, students learn about the exciting world of quantum computing, covering topics such as quantum mechanics, quantum computation, and quantum algorithms. Through hands-on activities and projects, students learn how to construct quantum circuits and algorithms all while developing programming skills in Python.”

Quantum Summer 6-12 Flyer

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MST Info Night Presentation and Slides

Thank you to those who were able to make it to last night’s Zoom Info Night Webinar for the CHS MST Magnet Program. If you were unable to make it and/or you’d like to review the presentation, see below for a recording of the event and a link to our Slides.

Google Slides Presentation

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Magnetos Shine at Local WSSEF Event

We had five students represent Camas High School at the SW Washington Science and Engineering Fair today. Sophomores Steven Wu, Stephen Fewel, and Andrew Allen presented their research on controlling variables of a model rocket to achieve altitude accuracy and placed second overall. Sophomore Aiden Bai presented his LUCIA programming project, while junior Sunny Wang presented his research on using deep-learning with CycleGAN for data augmentation diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease using MRI scans. Both Aiden and Sunny placed first overall and were immediately qualified to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in May. Congratulations, gentlemen! You make us proud.

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FREE MIT Spring Institute for 9th/10th Graders

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Beaverworks Spring Institute is looking for students who are in the 9th and 10th grade who are interested in learning about robotics, cyber security, assistive technology and programming via a series of online Saturday courses. The program is completely free! No prior experience is necessary.

Students must be able to attend all sessions (all sessions are on Saturdays starting March 6, from 11am to 2pm ET)

  • Enrollment will be for 1 (one) of the 7 courses (see below …).
  • The program is completely free! Students should be interested in learning about robotics, engineering, and programming.
  • Interest in the topic is required but no experience is necessary.

Our Virtual Spring programs are based on RACECAR, Build a Cubesat, Synthetic Aperature Radar, as well as Many Interesting Things for Aspiring Engineers (based on MIT course), and Aerospace engineering (newly developed).

These courses are for 9th and 10th graders interested in engineering but don’t have access to programs in their schools.

Yes! You Can Program Autonomous Cars uses the Mini-RACECAR course that includes introduction to Python programming and machine vision.  We’ll be using a simulator built in Unity to test their code over a virtual racetrack. This course is designed for students who are interested in programming but don’t have much experience and we start with introductory programming and work to machine vision and control algorithms to code an autonomous model car.

Yes! You Can Build Cubesats takes students on science mission to outer space, but they have to build, program and test their prototypes before the mission can be launched. Students will assemble their kits, and learn about engineering principles to design a successful science mission. They will have to program their cubesats to collect and analyze data to answer the questions posed by their science mission.

Yes! You Can Hack and Code! introduces students to security in the digital domain.  It is based on the the BWSI Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking course.  Students will compete by programming devices and check the security of each others work in a “capture the flag” style competition.

Yes! You Can Do Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): (tentative) students will learn about radars and their applications, learning by building one and collecting data to understand radio waves, and turning the data into images.

Yes! You Can Create Accessible Resources for Education: Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create a unique 3D-printed puzzle box that can help teach concepts to children who are blind, have learning disabilities, or just enjoy learning with physical objects! Your puzzle box will be 3D printed and donated to a local special education partner and featured on a website for others to use!

Many Interesting Things for Aspiring Engineers: An early introduction to the technologies that shape our world.

Yes! You Can Design, Build and Fly Model AircraftIntroduces students to aerospace engineering using model planes and wind tunnels to demonstrate concepts.

Laptops: Attendees should plan on using their own computers for Zoom meetings, but can be provided if needed.

Enrollment is now open. Students should apply here.

Enrollment closes on Feb 28!  Accepted Students will be notified on March 2.

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