Magnet “Half-Nighter”

One of the most beloved traditions in the MST Magnet is our annual “Overnighter” event where we spend the night at school and play games, watch movies, share food, etc. We’re still not ready for the full scope and scale of this event in the midst of a pandemic, but, alas, we are ready for a “Half-Nighter”, and that’s just what happened this past weekend on Friday night, November 12th. From 4:30-11:30, staff and approximately 100 of our students gathered at school, minus the food, minus the sleeping bags, and played games and once again enjoyed each other’s company. Highlights of the night included riveting Jenga matches, cut throat spoons games, ping pong, spike ball, and, of course “Mafia”! Thank you to the Magnetos and staff who made this possible.


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Team 2471 Cuts through Competition

On October 9, in Wilsonville, OR, the local FIRST Robotics Team 2471 (Team Mean Machine) had their first in-person competition since quarantine started. They brought two robots to this event, Artemis (2020) and Apollo (2021). Apollo struggled due to drivetrain issues, so unfortunately we weren’t able to see much from it before the team turned their focus to Artemis. This strategy paid off, though, as Artemis ended up in the winning alliance! Before losing connectivity almost completely by the end of the day, it was able to show off a high-speed shooter, autonomous aiming, and practiced driving. We’ll next see the team shooting t-shirts into the crowd at the homecoming game! (Submitted by Ayla Crowell, team president)

Interested in joining? Check out their website: 

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MIT BWSI Fall Outreach Program for Jr. Girls

Passing on some info about an upcoming program being offered by MIT to 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 Program Autonomous Cars – BWSI-Pacifi­c
  • Kwaj Mini-RACECAR Middle School (Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands)

WHO: High School 11th Grade Female Students

WHEN: Saturdays 11am-2pm (EST): October 16, 23, 30, November 6,13, 20, December 4, 11, 2021

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. Students must sign up by September 30, 2021.”

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Welcome to the 2021 School Year!

Things are off to a running start at CHS and in the MST Magnet Program. How nice it is to have all of us back under one physical “roof”, reveling in each other’s presence and basking in the glory of in person school. This feeling was no more underscored than it was during our annual freshman MST orientation that was held on 8/25 from 330-545pm at CHS. There was much needed laughter and safe togetherness as students, staff, and upperclassmen played ice breakers and competed in the annual Magnet Olympics. Congratulations to  the black team on being crowned 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 Cai D., Cody A., Logan V., Bethany M., Jenny W., and Angela Y.

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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 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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