Sacramento, CA — The Camas Science Olympiad team sent 100 students, chaperones, and coaches to Mira Loma High School this past weekend to compete at an annual regional Science Olympiad competition.

The two Camas High School (CHS) teams (Red and Black) brought with them three middle school teams: Skyridge, Liberty, and Odyssey, earning a record number of medals along the way.

“This time we flew instead of taking the train, which was very nice,” said CHS Senior, Abigail Jiang. “The tournament featured 30 high school teams, as well as 30 middle school teams, and we earned a record number of medals this year! I’m so proud of our Camas teams!”

The CHS Black Team placed 8th overall, while Red Team placed 17th. Skyridge placed 10th, Liberty placed 19th, and Odyssey placed 27th (pretty decent for their 2nd tournament ever as a new team).

In the general competition, CHS Black earned first in Geologic Mapping, fifth in Fermi Questions (CHS Black), fourth and fifth in Sounds of Music (CHS Black and Red), first in Forensics (CHS Red), third in Circuit Lab (CHS Black). Skyridge won fifth in Game On.

CHS Black also won first in Astronomy, while CHS Red placed 3rd in Mission Possible. Skyridge placed first in Mystery Architecture, while, Liberty placed fourth in Potions and Poisons, and third in Write It Do It.

Teams spent weeks and months working on their specific projects and trying to work together. It requires a lot of planning, studying, reading, and strategizing.

The Camas Science Olympiad team continues to grow and prosper, and they use these competitions to prepare themselves for State.

”We have such good coaches, and advisors,” said Jiang. “And, we’ve had great support from our parents. Everyone works really hard.”


Washougal, WA — Hathaway Elementary third grade girls got the chance to take a spin at engineering thanks to a visit by OMSI’s Pit Crew on June 5.  This OMSI imagineering program is a hands-on, inquiry-based workshop in which students use the engineering design process to solve challenges through design and testing.

Students created their own car design with a wide variety of materials supplied by OMSI.  They were expected to continue to alter their designs to complete a series of challenges including driving straight down a ramp, stopping in a target and finding ways to keep their “drivers” belted on the car.

“We want to begin inspiring these girls to pursue engineering, science and exploration and help to increase their curiosity,” said Hathaway third grade teacher, Nita Young. “They are learning too that it is ok to have your hypothesis proven wrong and to keep testing your ideas. It is exciting to hear the talk around the room.  They are working individually and together and using the right vocabulary to discuss the process.”

Student London Hickey said she has learned it is ok to keep trying at something before getting it right.  “I know to not get discouraged and to keep going for it,” she said.  “I like working to make the cars better each time.  I have not learned about these things before.”

“The first tires I used were smooth plastic and they did not work very well,” said student Tiffany Del Carlo.  “I changed them to the rubber tires and they stayed on and worked great!”

Student Charlotte Bisila worked on the challenge to secure toy people on board her car.  “It is fun to find a way to keep them safe with rubber band seat belts,” she explained. “I am testing different ways to hold them on.”

“We decided to have this be an all-girls workshop to take any competition with the boys away,” said Hathaway third grade teacher, Jaymi McQueen.  “We hope this gives the girls a greater interest in the sciences and encourages them to be a part of our Robotics Club next year. Traditionally, young girls have not been engaged in engineering. This is something extra special for third grade girls to help them get excited about this area of study.”


Having fun.

The popular SnapChat app is under attack by Instagram influencer Collin Kartchner for what he says are deceptive practices that provide teens with easy access to pornography, and he’s desingating June 1 as #DeleteSnapchat Day.

”Enough is enough,” says Kartchner. “This app is a disaster. Time to say goodbye, Snapchat. You used to be fun, but now you are horrible. We as parents are taking a stand to get our kids off this app. Let’s all do it together.”

Kartchner has spent considerable time talking to teens and researching the effects of social media, in particular, Snapchat, and the effects it has on children’s self-esteem, and self-worth.

”I’m constantly talking to kids about Snapchat and hearing from them how this is sucking their life and their self-esteem away.”

At the center of the controversy is the recent launch of Snapchat’s “Cosmo After Dark” that provides subscribers free access to porn every Friday at 6 pm.

”SnapChat is an app that was created for one reason, and that is to send naked photos to one another,” said Kartchner. “They put a cutesy filter on them to make it feel like’s a family friendly app, but let’s not forget why it was made in the first place.”

Due to the backlash, Snapchat decided to end Cosmo.

”We strive to be a responsible source of news, entertainment, and information for our community, and understand the legitimate concerns parents have about what content their children consume,” said Rachel Racusen, Snap’s director communications, in a recent statement. “From the start, Cosmo’s After Dark edition was age gated from Snapchatters under 18 and only intended for adults. Cosmo has decided to discontinue publishing any future versions of Cosmo After Dark on Snapchat, and we appreciate all the feedback we have head from parents and members of our community about this content.”



Bray Hallman encourages teens to delete Snapchat.

A video made by Bray Hallman, from Draper, UT continues to gain traction.

In the video, accompanied by his younger brother, he promotes #DeleteSnapchat Day and is open about his struggles with pornography. Hallman says “pornography is a type of drug than can consume and ruin people’s lives.”

Says Kartchner: “Even the local junior high where my oldest will go next year had a story done there where an eighth grade teacher asked 90 students to fill in the blank ‘one thing my parents don’t know about social media is_____’ And the answers were horrifying. Almost all of them said that at least once or twice a week they see nude photos they’re asked to send nude photos whether they want to see them or not their shared amongst classmates all on Snapchat.”

For parents who are wondering how to delete their children’s Snapchat account, here’s how.
How to delete your Snapchat account:

  • First of all, you need to go to the below-given link from any web browser. You can’t delete the account from the app itself. You have to go online at
  • The page will redirect (so give it a couple of seconds) and then enter the username and password to log into your Snapchat account.
  • The Delete Account page will pop up and you’ll be asked again to enter your username and password
  • Accounts take 30 days to delete.












CHENEY, WA — Papermakers Wilson Ho and Abigail Jiang, still tired from their whirlwind winning weekend at the Washington State Science Olympiad, took some time to reflect on their team’s second consecutive State victory, and what it took to get there.

”The way the awards were presented at Science Olympiad, we weren’t sure until the very end that we would win,” said Jiang. “We ended up beating Bothell, our number one competitor every year, with a final score of 72 — and doing better than we did last year.”

Camas brought two teams of 15 to State this year, along with several who participated in trial events, totaling 38 competitors.

The Varsity, or Black team, that took first place honors is made up of seven seniors, six juniors, and two sophomores. The Junior Varsity, or Red team, has one senior, six juniors, five sophomores and three Freshmen. The Red team placed fourth overall.

“This is as good as we‘ve ever gotten in our history,” Ho, the team’s captain. “We’ve gotten better over the past few years. And, we’re really proud of the Red team, they even did better than Varsity in some events.”

Personally, Ho competed in four events: Towers, Helicopters, Forensics, and LEAF. Jiang also competed in four events: Chemistry Lab, Materials Science, Astronomy, and Hovercraft.


The entire Camas Science Olympiad team.

They said the competition against arch-rival, Bothell, was as intense as ever. The State tournament switches between Highline College and Eastern Washington University ever other year.

“Two years ago, at this same location, Bothell beat us,” said Jiang. “And, this year, Bothell had more first places. We ended up winning because we were more consistent than Bothell overall. We had a lot of second place finishes, and we were nervous for about 90 minutes at the end watching the scores. We thought at one point we wouldn’t make it. But, overall, as a team we won by 25 points.”

Some Stats:

  • Bothell earned nine first places.
  • Camas Black team earned four first places.
  • Red Team earned three first places.
  • Black team earned 11 second places.

“Bothell was upset,” said Jiang.  “They’ve always been our number one rival. A lot of them were hoping to go to Nationals, which is May 18-19 in Fort Collins, CO at Colorado State University.”

Ho said he’s grateful for Science Olympiad advisor, Matthew Chase.

“We also had a ton of help from assistant coaches,” said Ho. “We had parents that are assistant coaches. My dad has gone to all the tournaments this year.”

All 15 Black Team will attend Nationals, plus alternates.

The Camas team has been getting ready all year long, attending eight tournaments, and seeking out higher competition. They’ve also put in the study tim.

“In some ways, the State tests were easier than some of the larger tournaments they attended throughout the year,” Jiang. “We got lucky in some cases. This is the first time we didn’t have a bomb event — where you score lower than 15th place. Even below 10 for us isn’t acceptable. There are some events you can’t study for as they’re on-the-spot, but we as much practice as possible, and then there’s just luck.”

Jiang gives a lot of credit to the Red team, and specifically to Quan Ho, a junior on that team.

“He did super well,” she said. He’s by far good enough to be on Black team. His events don’t match up so that’s why he’s on Red. He got first place in two events. We only had 7 total first places. We all get along really well and we all help each other.”


With advisors.

Ho said the team is also super competitive.

“We are never happy being second best,” he said. “The thing about Black team is that everyone has to put the same serious effort in order to make it to Nationals. We all study every day. In events like Forensics you have to bring your notes into the event. Part of studying is putting in time to prepare the notes. You really need to understand the notes.”

They also take a lot of practice tests, and continue to work on communication.

“What people don’t always think about is communication,” said Ho. “A lot of events require communication. If you don’t communicate with partners on build events then you’ll have a misunderstanding. You have to learn how to communicate. Learn how each other work as competitors. Some people don’t talk, and just study and that can hurt your team. Plus, my peers drive me to do better. My parents don’t push me to do all this. It’s like I can’t not do it. It’s something I love to do.”

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Ending with a victory.


Bremerton, WA — Camas students were among the more than 700 presenters at the 61st Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) in Bremerton, on March 23 & 24, 2018. Students presented their projects to judges who volunteer their time to listen, critique, and praise the students for the effort involved in bringing a project to the fair. WSSEF awards more than $1.8 million in scholarships, as well as special awards meeting specific criteria set by a sponsor.

Dorothy Fox Elementary students:

• Hailey Griffith: 1st Place trophy and Margaret I Lugg award for Passion and Knowledge of Science
• Liam Smook: 1st Place trophy and Sight of Flight award with a free pass to the Museum of Flight
• Arvin Shyam: 2nd Place ribbon, Margaret I Lugg Memorial Award for engaging oral presentation, Outstanding Natural Resource Science Award, and Central Valley Garden Club Outstanding Project Award for a total of $60
• Allison Le: 2nd Place ribbon
• Chloe Chase: 3rd Place ribbon
• Julian Castillo: 3rd Place ribbon and the Young Explorer Award of $10

Odyssey Middle School students:

• Aran O’Day: 1st Place trophy and Nomination to Compete in the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science and engineering fair in Washington DC in October.
• Lisel Shyam: 1st Place trophy and Nomination to Compete in the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science and engineering fair in Washington DC in October.
• Aurora Szulc: 1st Place trophy


Students from Odyssey Middle School (OMS) and Dorothy Fox Elementary (DFE) – Back row, left to right: Aran O’Day (OMS), Chloe Chase (DFE), Allison Le (DFE), Lisel Shyam (OMS). Front row, left to right: Hailey Griffith (DFE), Arvin Shyam (DFE), Liam Smook (DFE).

Camas High School STEM Magnet Program students

Thirty-four students competed and all represented Camas High School and their research with pride. Honors were taken by the following students:


• Alex Gee, Mark Robinson, and Jaden Le: 1st Place in Environmental Engineering
• Owen Baenen and Justine Pentergraft: 1st Place in Energy
• Gareth Starratt, George Walker, and AunyKussad: 2nd Place in Microbiology
• Kate Staddon, Sophia Nelson, and RyleeRuark: 1st Place in Environmental Science
• Ben Saunders and Austin Ye: 1st Place in Mechanical Engineering, $8000 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Launch Scholarship, U.S. Air Force Award for an Outstanding SEF Project, Excellence in Aeronautics Award
• Michael Lee and Andrew Kim: 1st Place in Environmental Science
• Joey Stanley, Wilson Fresh, and Tyler Stanley: 1st Place in Environmental Engineering
• Tyler Gee and Julian McOmie: U.S. Army Award


• Hannah Tangen, Kathryn Wynn, and Sierra Mellor: 1st Place in Environmental Engineering
• Jacob Mukobi: 2nd Place in Environmental Engineering category.
• Junha Lee: 1st Place in Microbiology category; US Army STEM Award, Wolfram Alpha STEM Award
• Alexis Howard: 2nd Place in Computational Engineering, $8000 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Launch Scholarship


• Rahul Ram: 2nd Place in Computational Biology


• DuyVuong: 1st Place in Environmental Engineering
• Sarah Wells-Moran: 2nd Place in Embedded Systems
• Gabe Mukobi: 1st Place in Embedded Systems and American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronauts Scholarship

In addition, all-expense paid invitations to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May, were awarded at the Southwest Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair to:

• Rahul Ram: 1st Place
• Odessa Thompson, Rose Leveen, and Bailey Segall: 2nd Place

WSSEF is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering, and math across the state of Washington, year-round. Next year’s fair will take place March 29 & 30, 2019. For more information, visit

The Touchjet Pond Projector turns any flat surface (wall, ceiling, table) into a supersized 80” interactive touchscreen that you can use with just the click of a stylus. It has a built-in Android operating system, so you can download any apps directly to the device itself— everything from Angry Birds and Scrabble to Skype and Netflix.

It’s ultra-portable and easy to use. All you have to do is turn it on, grab a stylus and you can instantly start interacting: play games, write on documents or watch videos, all in one place. It’s roughly the size of a day planner, so you can easily fit in a briefcase, backpack or purse.

The power is in the stylus. Simply touch the stylus to the projected images with pinpoint accuracy, just like the smartphones and tablets you are used to.

The process is the same as giving commands with your fingers on a tablet screen. You can even zoom in or out by using two pens at once. Just move the pens on the projected screen in essentially the same combined motion you would use for expanding or pinching together two fingers on a touch screen. You can also give commands with the accompanying remote, which doubles as an air mouse. You move the remote to move a mouse pointer on the screen, and then give the equivalent of a touch command by pressing a button.

The Pond itself weighs about 10 ounces and measures 1.3 by 3.8 by 4.3 inches (HWD). That built-in computer, which runs Android 4.4.2 and, according to Touchjet, offers 18GB of available memory for storing apps and data. The weight of the device itself doesn’t include the power block, the two interactive pens, or the combination remote and air mouse. Add those in, along with the hard-shell case Touchjet includes to hold everything, and the total weight is a still highly portable 1 pound 8 ounces. The case measures roughly 2.5 by 9 by 9 inches (HWD).

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Touchscreen projection

The product is very lightweight and simple to use.

TouchJet Pond Projector Launch Video

This video provides a general overview of the product.