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PULLMAN, Wash. – Students from Camas High School earned top honors at the fifth annual Imagine Tomorrow competition for their Nature’s Filter storm filter project and their Aquaponics system project.
More than 119 teams from 47 high schools from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana competed in the energy-focused problem-solving competition held this past May 18-20 at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. In this competition, teams of two to five students competed in four categories: Behavior, Biofuels, Design and Technology.
Students Ryan Lim, Zach Hein, Carly Marshall, Ryann Bruno and Xianguang Yan designed a stormwater filter that would work with existing stormwater infrastructure. The filter uses microorganisms to break down nitrogenous pollutants, turning them into atmospheric nitrogen, and helps combat eutrophication, which can lead to excessive algae growth. The project earned them a first place award in the Design category. Each of the students received $1000 and the school received $5000.
Students Hope Richter, Edie Myers-Powers, Sophie Shoemaker and Esther Kwon placed third in the Design category with their Aquaponics design. They successfully created a functioning system out of recycled materials in a Camas High School greenhouse where fish and plants are grown in a mutualistic relationship. Each of the students received $500 and the school received $1500.
This is the fifth year of Imagine Tomorrow. CHS has taken eight teams each of the five years and has brought home prizes each year. To learn more about Imagine Tomorrow, go to http://imagine.wsu.edu/
This event is sponsored by Bank of America, Boeing, Weyehaeuser, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliances, and BP.
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The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (SEF) finals were held last Saturday, March 31. There were 540 projects entered in this year’s State SEF. Camas School District had one project from Dorothy Fox and 15 projects from Camas High School. 9 parents accompanied their students to the fair. One parent, new to SEF, summed up her experience by saying: “This feels like a ‘Big Bang’ convention. It is so refreshing to hear this techno-nerdy humor from all of these kids. I am so happy mine is here and I wish more parents would bring theirs”.
Emily Sheppard, fifth grader from Lee Ellen Lawrence’s classroom at Dorothy Fox, placed first in category with her project “Elevation and Temperature”.
CHS also had a good showing with 7 firsts in category, 3 seconds, 4 thirds, and 8 special awards. Only one high school had more projects winning awards than CHS. Below is the CHS projects listing:
Listing (place, entry#, name, short title, special awards:
2nd EV 261 Camas Caroline Kealoha Lacamas Lake; Fixing Soil to Grow Brassica rapa, NASA Space Grant; and Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
2nd BI 274 Camas Meghal Sheth Design and Analysis of Synthetic Peptide Based Protease Inhibitors,
** PH 262 Camas Yushuan Peng Musical Instrument Design
1st BE 258 Camas Jonathan Liao Boys vs Girls in Active and Passive Learning,
3rd BE 251 Camas Rachel Fadlovich, Camille Ritter Learning the Kids Way, Outstanding Statistical Thinking Award
1st CS 248 Camas Noah Encke Utilizing a Cross-Platform Mobile Software Engine to Develop an Application for a Client Company
2nd ME 263 Camas Joanna Liao Improving the Process, Parkinsons Patient Registry
1st EM 275 Camas Sophie Shoemaker A Recycled Aquaponic System-The Agriculture3 of the Future, Stockholm Water Prize
1st EN 250 Camas Kyle Binder and Shicon Wen Affects of Motor Oil on Pisum Stavia,
1st CB 286 Camas Reesab Pathak Design of Novel Pro-Protein Convertase Inhibitors; Wolfram Mathematica Award, Ohio Wesylyan Scholarship (20,000/yr, renewable), WSU College of Arts and Sciences, scholarhip (2,500/yr renewable); Best of Show finalist
1st EM – 257 Camas Elizabeth Nickerson Cleaning up an oil spill using ferrofluids in different proportions, NASA Space Grant
3 EM – 253 Camas Jackson Merle Ferrofluid application in fresh and salt water oil spills
1st BE – 249 Camas Aaron Deml Exploring environmental teaching options
3rd ET – 256 Camas Jonathan Ho Compost to Electricity
3rd EE – 259 Camas Lily Hsu and Philip Barlas Wafer Failure Analysis and Stage Design Improvement
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