YVTC MESA provided STEM related activities and exhibits to the Girl Scouts Troop in Yakima the month of July.
The YVTC MESA program engaged students in innovative, hands- on science and mathematics enrichment activities allowing each student to experience a STEM related activity. MESA provided science exhibits that included a shake that to simulates an earth- quake. Students had to build a structure and see if it could withstand a 5 second shake. In addition, there was a Sounds of the Ocean exhibit, rock exploring exhibit, an index card activity, and Bridge that Gap exhibit where students had to build a bridge and have a small vehicle go from point A to point B successfully.
As an added bonus there were a few extra activities that involved; a balloon rocket, a balloon race, and a tinker toy activity which dealt with building a structure and measuring to see which structure would be the tallest and most cost efficient.
MESA was able to serve about 12 girls and they all really enjoyed the activities. They worked and competed with each other to master each challenge.
YVTC MESA partnered up with the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory to provide STEM related activities to K-12 boys and local Girl Scouts at the Collegium in Pasco.
The YVTC MESA program engaged students in innovative, hands-on science and mathematics enrichment activities allowing each student to experience a STEM related activity. MESA provided science exhibits that included a shake table that simulates an earthquake. Students had to build a structure and see if it could with- stand a 5 second shake. In addition, there was a Sounds of the Ocean exhibit, rock exploring exhibit, an index card activity, and Bridge that Gap exhibit where students had to build a bridge and have a small vehicle go from point A to point B successful- ly.
The Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory delivered hands-on engineering challenges using activities from the National Science Foundation-sponsored “Family Engineering” resource. Participants were invited to experience the world of nautical engineering by designing boats out of aluminum foil to hold as many pennies as pos- sible, and the world of acoustical engineering by filling containers with different types of sound-dampening materials to muffle the noise from rattling pennies or beans. Geological, civil, and mechanical engineering were also explored through challenges involving the strength of sand versus gravel, arches, and roller coaster design, respectively. The students demonstrated perseverance when working to improve their initial designs, and had fun competing with one another, as well as working together, to master each challenge.
The Collaboratory is a joint effort to leverage the combined strengths of co-founders Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Delta High School, Southeast Wash- ington Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER), and the Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (YVTC MESA) program —organizations that already work with teachers, students and community members in our region to inspire and prepare students to be the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.
Oregon MESA hosted the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition June 19-22 2014. The event was a huge success with the best of the best from each MESA state competing at the national level. Overall, MESA started off with 49,000 middle and high school students ending up with only 72 and 3 National Champion Winners from each level, Middle and High School. The event was a huge success with many guest speakers including Nate Ball the TV host, author, mechanical engineer, and entrepreneur who became insatiably hooked on science and engineering at an early age.
Below are the 6 National Winners as well as photographs from the event:
1. California – A.A. Stagg
2. Pennsylvania – George Washington High School of Engineering & Science
3. Maryland – Henry E. Lackey
1. California – Mendota Jr. High
2. Washington – Jason Lee
3. Utah – Granite Park
Shadle Park High School was featured in two News pieces about their MESA journey as well as their future participation at the MESA USA event in June 2014:
Shadle Park High School Students Return to State Engineering Competition
“Last year, the students admitted their prosthetic arm was heavy and a bit clunky and challenging to control. This year, Kleopatra Deltchev, Jessica Lim and Hailey Guyette started from scratch. They interviewed local professionals and changed their design completely. The end result: a lighter, more efficient model.”
Shadle Students Competing in National Engineering Competition
“MESA Spokane manager Joanna Moznette said the three teens didn’t let the barriers of everyday life get in their way: they even used FaceTime to video chat when they couldn’t be together. “Sometimes they just worked in two ‘cause all three of them couldn’t make it,” Moznette said. “They made sure that third person stayed looped in on the project. They really moved forward as a team and I think that is something that will translate into their careers no matter what they are.” All three students aspire to medical careers.”
To read the entire articles and watch the videos:
Organizational Background: Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) is a collaborative of eleven school districts that leverages resources, talent and intellectual capital to help over a quarter million students graduate career and college ready. The collaboration among WABS district is unique in scale (11 districts)…
Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions
The successful candidate will be able to:
- Facilitate professional development for middle school and high school science, math and CTE teachers.
- Work with teams of teachers, higher education faculty and industry professionals.
- Prioritize among multiple projects from various individuals/teams and be able to change direction in response to a fluctuating work environment.
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Last date to apply: May 23, 2014
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A Local Solution to the National Science Education
Richland, Wash. – Four local leaders in advancing education for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known a STEM, are joining fores to ensure eastern Washington’s future workforce will be prepared to tackle the nation’s most complex and technical challenges…
The Mid-Columbia STEM education collaboratory, co founded by PNNL and three other science education leaders, is training volunteers to lead family engineering events where youth and their families can learn engineering principles with hands-on activities such as this.
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Below are links to each of the regional MESA Day winners. Check out their awesome videos in preparation for Washington State MESA Day on May 17th.
First Nations MESA
White Swan High School
Toppenish Middle School
The Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA) 2014 Conference request for proposals is now available. This year’s conference will take place from October 17th-19th at the Spokane downtown conference center. To learn more about the conference or to submit a proposal visit the conference registration website.