MESA USA Nationals 2014

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:

National Champions

High School:
1. California – A.A. Stagg
2. Pennsylvania – George Washington High School of Engineering & Science
3. Maryland – Henry E. Lackey

Middle School:
1. California – Mendota Jr. High
2. Washington – Jason Lee
3. Utah – Granite Park

State MESA Day Winners in the news!!

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

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“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:

Shadle Park High School Students Return to State Engineering Competition

Shadle Students Competing in National Engineering Competition


Washington Alliance for Better Schools Job Opening: K-12 Education Program Manager

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.

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing how you meet these qualifications to

Last date to apply: May 23, 2014

Full Job Description: WABS K-12 Education Program Manager Job Description

PNNL News Release

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…

PNNL3The 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.

To read the full article please visit the PNNL News Center

Videos from MESA Day Regional Winners!

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

Seattle MESA
Ingraham High School
Jane Addams Middle School

Spokane MESA
Shadle Park High School
Sacajawea Middle School

SW Washington MESA
Evergreen High School
Jason Lee Middle School

Tacoma MESA
Lakes High School
Woodbrook Middle School

Chiawana High School
McLoughlin Middle School

To view all videos click here

Seattle MESA Thanks You!!

Seattle MESA thanks you!!

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We could not have had such a wonderful event without the help of terrific volunteers like you! We are so grateful that you were able to help us to support our Middle and High School MESA students during this event, and we have heard nothing but fantastic things from our students.

Your assistance and willingness to support Seattle MESA does not go unnoticed.

A very HUGE thank you!

All the best,
Neiri Carrasco, Director
Leah Quinn, Senior Student Services Coordinator

To see more photos please click here