MESA Day display board
boys with remote control at MESA Day

MESA Day events offer concentrated excitement and academic challenge for middle and high school MESA students. Students compete for prizes and awards, developing valuable academic and social skills as they participate in hands-on learning, team management, communication, and leadership. MESA Days are offered at the regional, state, and national levels.

Regional MESA Days

Beginning in March, local MESA offices and partner institutions throughout the state present regional MESA Day competitions. In 2012, regional MESA Days were offered in Spokane, Cheney, Vancouver, Tacoma, Pasco, and Seattle. Winners at this level advance to the state competion.

State MESA Day

In May, regional winners attend the state competition along with their teachers, parents, and center coordinators and directors. The students participate in mathematics challenges, design engineering, and scientific research presentations.

Fostering collaboration with Washington State’s rich community of scientists and engineers, MESA students will showcase their talents for future careers in STEM fields. In the Wind Energy Challenge (WEC), students will compete with a technical paper and an oral and poster presentation. The winner of the WEC will compete in the National MESA Challenge hosted by Boeing the following month.


MESA Day USA is a three-day event with participation from MESA Centers across country. Students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington along with teachers, parents, and MESA Coordinators will compete in mathematics, structural engineering, and the wind energy challenge (three core challenges).

In addition to helping students develop valuable learning, team management, communication, and leadership skills, the national event provides an opportunity for MESA USA members to share and expand strategies that work. It also allows the MESA programs to share resources and provide industry sponsors with the highest return on their investments.

MESA Day events are open to the public, although only MESA students from middle and high schools can participate and compete.

MESA Day participants posing with their plaque