You’re Invited: MST Research Symposium ’24

You are cordially invited to our 17th annual MST Symposium on Wednesday, May 22nd, at Camas High School. Our 9th, 10th, and 12th graders have spent considerable hours on their research this year and would love to show you what they’ve accomplished. The first hour (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) will be an informal showcase and poster fair in the CHS Main Commons with light refreshments and some musical entertainment from some of our students. The second hour (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm) will be in the CHS Theater, with a senior panel sharing about their high school experiences, some presentations from seniors and a sophomore, and awards. We know life is busy right now, so please feel free to join us for part of the evening if you can’t stay the full two hours.

We look forward to seeing you at Camas High School on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024. Please join us in celebrating their work!

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Caltech Summer Preview: Women in STEM

Read on for info about this Caltech Women in STEM summer program: “WiSTEM 2024, taking place August 7-9, 2024 is free and open to all students graduating in 2025 or 2026. The program will focus on the experiences of students whose gender identity has been historically underrepresented in STEM, particularly those who identify as female, non-binary, and/or gender expansive.”

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Click here to apply!

Note: WiSTEM is a free program to participate in. However, a limited number of overnight housing spots will be available during registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Caltech is not able to cover the cost of students’ transportation to campus.

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MST Sr. Williams Gains Santa Clara Full Ride

MST Sr. Madi Williams recently earned the prestigious Johnson Scholarship to her self-declared dream school, Santa Clara University. She “competed” for six hours with other students, including the writing of a timed essay. This full academic scholarship includes a $10,000 research stipend awarded to only five students. She will be rowing for Santa Clara as well. Go Madi! Go Broncos!

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MST Sr. Crowell Named Amazon Future Engineer!

Congrats to MST/CHS senior Ayla Crowell who was recently named as a recipient of the 2024 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship! In her own words, “I filled out their application a few months ago with essays about my goals for the future, my idea to solve a problem I saw at CHS, and my experience as a woman in STEM. You can imagine my shock when I came home to a package from the Amazon Future Engineer team last Friday. I am grateful for the $40,000 that I will put towards studying Computer Science at UW and am excited for my paid internship with Amazon next summer!” Woot! You go, Ayala!

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MST Info Night Presentation

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: MST Info Night, Thursday, 3/28/24.

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MST Artists Strut Stuff at ESD Showcase

We are pleased to announce that a couple of MST student artists recently won awards at this year’s ESD 112 Art awards ceremony. Congrats to Laura and Ryan and all the CHS/MST students who were recently honored!

CHS/MST Senior Laura Wang won an ESD 112 Regional award for her graphite portrait of her family. Her award comes with a $3,000 scholarship to Pacific Northwest College of Art. She heads on to the state show, which will be held virtually on May 28th.

CHS/MST Senior Ryan Wang won an ESD 112 award for his heart sculpture. His award comes with a $3,000 scholarship to Pacific Northwest College of Art

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MST Students Shine at 2024 SWWA SEF!

The Southwest Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place via Zoom on Saturday, March 2. Numerous MST students presented their research and received awards for their work, including being promoted to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. Our very own David Li was even promoted to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Los Angeles, CA this year in May. In David’s own words, “I developed a novel planar robot propulsion mechanism, using a grid of electromagnets to propel permanent magnets inside each robot. My method drastically lowers individual robot complexity compared to current solutions like AMRs, increasing robot fleet size scalability for flexible industrial material handling applications.” Way to go, David.

The other MST students also received many awards and accolades as identified below:

  • Kai Pan and Sandeep Vedantham placed first in computational biology and bioinformatics with their research into using AI to count salmon. They also received a US Air Force special award.
  • Leo Zhao placed first in computational biology and bioinformatics for his research into a de novo drug design for Chagas disease using random forest regression and long short-term memory networks. He also received a US Air Force special award.
  • David Li placed first in the embedded systems category. He also received an IEEE Oregon Section and a US Metric Association special award.
  • Zaina Abu Hweij, Florence Liang, and Sophie Zhang placed first in biomedical engineering with their design for a noninvasive acute compartment syndrome diagnostic device using random forest machine learning. They also received a Regeneron Biomedical Science special award.
  • Emily Jiang and Kyla Jun placed second in environmental engineering by investigating an okra flocculant for enhanced coagulation performance in microplastic remediation. They also received a NASA Earth System special award.
  • Evan Gaasch and Edward Tang placed third in environmental engineering with their research into carbon sequestration using microalgae. They also received a NASA Earth System Science special award.

Congratulations, researchers! You make us proud. Wishing you all the best at State and beyond!

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MST Magnet Info Night Thursday, 3/28

We’d like to invite current 8th grade parents, guardians, and students to an informational Zoom webinar about the Camas High School MST Magnet program that’s scheduled for Thursday, March 28th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm:

During the meeting, you’ll hear from MST students and staff about the application process and the unique characteristics of our program and its students. You will also have the option of asking questions in real time via the chat that will be answered by MST staff as they are asked. A recording of the webinar will be made available the day after the presentation.

For more information about the program prior to the meeting, please visit our website to review the admissions timeline, application process, sample schedules, etc. CHS MST Magnet Program Website

If after reviewing the website you have questions ahead of the informational meeting, please feel free to contact Tom Morris or Sam Greene at Camas High School.


The CHS/MST Staff

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Students Earn National Merit Scholarship for Language & Cultural Study

Congratulations to CHS students Aarav Shah (MST) , Maile Yancey, and Rafa Lavagnino (MST) for finalist and semi-finalist selections in the highly competitive national merit-based scholarship to participate in an intensive international language and cultural study program. This summer Rafa and Maile will study Mandarin for 7 weeks in Taiwan! This has become quite a special Camas tradition! Kudos to these students and all of the adults who have guided and inspired these incredible students!

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NASA/SpaceX Crew 8 On Schedule for Tonight

We’re just under a couple of hours away from the launch of the NASA/SpaceX Crew 8. Pilot Michael Barrat, CHS class of ’77 and friend of the MST program, is strapped in and ready to go. On a trip to NASA in 2018, we had the rare treat of getting to visit with him and receive a private tour of his NASA workspace. What an experience! Safe Journey, Crew 8!

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