BWSI Fall Program for Girls

Passing on some info about an upcoming program being offered by MIT to sophomore and junior girls. Who’s in?

“We are excited to announce the BWSI Fall Program (virtual) for 11th Grade female students starting in October. The program is completely free, all students need are laptops and wifi to be a part of the program. If a student does not have a laptop they can reach out to us for a loaner so make sure that doesn’t stop anyone from signing up.

We are offering the following programs:

  • Girls Who Program Autonomous Cars
  • Girls Who Design, Build and Fly Model Aircraft
  • Girls Who Want to Learn Many Interesting Things
  • Girls Who Program Cognitive Assistants
  • Girls Who Analyze the Building Blocks of Life

WHO: High School 11th Grade Female Students (10th grade students can apply as well)
WHEN: Saturdays 11am-2pm (EST): October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 2022
WHERE: Virtually, through Zoom!

The attached brochure has more information on what each course will be offering.  We would love it if you could share with your students.

Must fill out application link to be considered, the application is very quick. Students must sign up by September 30, 2022.”

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CHS Announces 2022 National Merit Semifinalists

Camas High School recently received notification of this year’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This program “honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability.” Congrats to the three CHS students (all three MST Magnetos) honored with this distinction:  Gannon Albertsen, Minwoo Dang, and Steven Wu … Bravo!

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NCSSS 2022 Virtual College Fair

As a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, the CHS MST Program is pleased to invite our students and their parents to the NCSSS Virtual College Fair from 5 – 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 13. It might be a little tough to attend since the EDT time overlaps with our school day, but I wanted to make sure you at least had the info. Register by clicking here.

Invited NCSSS Member colleges include, but are not limited to:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbia University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Kansas State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Purdue University – College of Engineering
  • Randolph College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Syracuse University
  • Saint Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Saint Louis University
  • Smith College
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • University of Miami
  • University of Tampa
  • Washington University in St. Louis

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Welcome to the 2022 School Year!

Things are off to a running start at CHS and in the MST Magnet Program. It was fantastic being back together during our annual freshman MST orientation that was held on 8/24 from 330-545pm at CHS. There was much laughter and hijinx as our newest students, staff, and upperclassmen played ice breakers, collected passport stamps in a tour of the school, and competed in the annual Magnet Olympics. Congratulations to this year’s winners of the games. Their names will be inscribed on our trophy and preserved for posterity for years to come. The winners are Kevin H., Rafa L., David L., Thatcher M., and Akhila P.

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We’re Back! MST Symposium 2022

What a pleasure it was, indeed, to see all four grades of our program back together last night, May 25th, for our 15th annual MST Research Symposium. Students presented their work informally in the CHS Main Commons before migrating into the theater for formal presentations, awards, and a musical performance by the graduating seniors. Speaking of which, we offer a hearty congratulations to the Class of 2022 and best wishes to them on the next phase of their journey! We will miss you!

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You’re Invited: MST Research Symposium

We’d like to cordially invite you to join us for the 15th annual Camas High School MST Magnet Program Student Research Symposium, on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, in the CHS commons and theater, from about 6-7:45pm.

At this event, students from grades 9-12 will present their research findings from this year’s study of a wide range of project topics, showcasing their hard work in the program and getting a chance to demo their findings in front of a live audience of peers, mentors, and parents. In the second half of the evening, a few of these students will also make formal presentations of their work and MST experiences in the theater.

We look forward to seeing you at Camas High School on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022. Please join us in celebrating their work!

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MST Jr. Aiden Bai Places at 2022 ISEF

Congratulations are in order for CHS/MST junior Aiden Bai who placed 3rd in the Systems Software category on May 13th, 2022, at the 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Aiden’s project and presentation of his Million.js: A Fast, Compiler-Augmented Virtual DOM for Performant JavaScript UI Libraries earned him high recognition in his field and an award of $1,000. Congratulations, Aiden!

Student winners are in ninth through twelfth grades who earned the right to compete at the Regeneron ISEF 2022 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

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MST Breakfasts Return after 2.5 Year Hiatus

In a “typical” school year we have two MST parent sponsored breakfasts. During the first semester, we usually have one on the Friday before winter break. The second semester breakfast usually takes place on a Friday before AP exams begin. Our last breakfast was about two and half years ago, in December 2019. You know the reason why.

The joy in the faces of students, staff, and parents was evident on Friday, 04/29, as we met before school in rooms 507 and 508 to scarf down pastries, casseroles, and various savory and sweet treats donated by the MST parent group. It was a welcome celebration and gathering after a long break from the fabled MST breakfasts. Thank you to the MST parent group for coming to our aide to revive this beloved tradition. And best of luck to all as we head into the AP testing next week and beyond … Cheers!

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Two Roads Diverged in the Woods

We love hearing from our graduates and seeing how the varied paths they diverge onto after graduation take them to great places near and far. Last week we heard from 2017 CHS/MST graduate Jason Kim who was excited to share a personal update and an unexpected but serendipitous reunion he recently had with another 2017 CHS/MST grad. Who better than he to relay this in his own words?

“Just wanted to share a cool update/coincidence. After graduating CHS in 2017, I went off to study undergraduate at Princeton while Nathan Chilian went off to study at the military academy at West Point. While at Princeton I joined the Army ROTC program and was commissioned in 2021 as an Infantry Officer. Similarly, Nathan also commissioned in 2021 as an Infantry Officer and we both were sent to Fort Benning, GA for basic infantry officer training (though at slightly different times). In February, however, we both started the Army’s Ranger School at the exact same time and were put in the same platoon and ended up going straight through and graduated together today. Just thought I’d share this fun example of two magnetos going off on two diverging paths only to meet up together at the same time and place unexpectedly!”

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MST Students Excel at WSSEF

MST students in grades 9-11 recently competed in the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. Many of them took home awards and honors.  Congratulations, Magnetos! Here’s a summary of awards that were reported:

MST Junior Aiden Bai:

  • South Sound Regional SEF – 2nd place overall + ISEF qualification
  • WA state SEF – 1st place qualification, Top 20 (3rd round)
  • Summary: A Fast, Compiler-Augmented Virtual DOM for Performant JavaScript UI Libraries (; Project Overview Video;

MST Sophomores Emilio Sanchez and Madi Williams:

  • WA state SEF – 3rd place in Biomedical Science category
  • Summary: Our project involved using a force plate to measure the postural sway of athletes before and after practice with the goal of assessing the effect of fatigue on the balance and fall risk of athletes as it relates to injuries.

MST Sophomore Heather Wu:

  • WA state SEF – 3rd place in Biomedical and Health Sciences category
  • Summary: We are testing to see how exercise will affect an athlete’s balance by measuring their balance before and after their practice. The test groups were differentiated by sport: soccer and swimming.

MST Freshmen Alex McNutt and Jenny Wang:

  • WA state SEF – 2nd place in Material Sciences category
  • Summary: Our project is about the corrosive and erosive effects of seawater/saltwater on common building materials (wood, steel, and concrete).

MST Freshman Yuna Lee:

  • WA state SEF – 2nd place in Earth and Environmental Science.
  • Summary: The goal of this project was to see if green cleaners could be a proper substitute for toxic commercial cleaners when disinfecting bacteria.

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