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


Bechtel Donates $15,000 to Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities MESA Program

RICHLAND — A $15,000 gift from Bechtel National Inc. to the Mathematics,
Engineering, Science Achievement program of Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities helped nearly 250 middle and high school students in Eastern Washington gain engineering experience at today’s MESA Day competition at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

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The donation allowed about 60 teams of students from the Pasco, Granger and Sunnyside school districts to compete in challenges centered on the development and operation of prosthetic arms.

Click here to read the full article

Volunteers Needed: First Nations MESA Day

Screenshot 2014-04-16 14.14.48Volunteer Judges Needed!!!

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR JUDGES—All are welcome to participate in the events!


The Prosthetic Arm Challenge involves the development of a low-cost prosthetic device to complete pre- defined tasks. Middle and high school teams selected to participate at the local, regional, and national event will compete in the four components below:

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Judging Technical Papers-Please register by April 11th. Volunteer Judges will use rubrics to grade middle school and high school teams technical paper that details the design, development, experimentation and understanding of their device.
Judging Prosthetic Arm Performance-Volunteer Judges will grade middle and high school teams functionality of research, design, build, test of prosthetic device designed to mimic the movement of the wrist, hand and fingers. Performance is judged as it relates to the following tasks:

  • Distance Accuracy Relay: Greatest accuracy and distance achieved by tossing balls of three different sizes into target containers located at three different distances.
  • Object Relocation Task: Greatest mass-to-time ratio achieved by placing objects of varying weight into a specified container.
  • Dexterity Task: (High school only) Greatest number of bolts/nuts correctly placed and secured onto the testing device.

Judging Academic Display & Oral Presentation-Volunteer Judges will score teams presenting their findings on the above-described research in display format using photos, graphs, etc. During which teams will give an oral presentation to panel judges based on investigation, experimentation, design, testing and experiences related to their device.

Register online!!!

Genes, The Environment and Me

Genome Sciences Education Outreach (GSEO)

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2014 Summer Program
GSEO is pleased to offer a summer workshop in the Yakima Valley for secondary biology teachers. Applications are currently available here.

Live outside the Yakima Valley?
Join us anyways. Stipends provided for all accepted applicants, and hotel accommodations (double occupancy) provided for out-of-towners.

Already participated?
Apply again-we’ll have new opportunities for you, too.

Program Goals

During this one-week program, we will:

  • Explore how genes and environment interact to maintain internal balance in a changing environment.
  • Learn how to incorporate the model-organism C. elegans into the high school classroom
  • Consider how physiological, behavioral, and social factors affect glucose balance and diabetes risk
  • Learn from experts about current research

For more information, please contact us.
Maureen Munn/
Joan Griswold/

Heritage University
Toppenish, WA

June 23-27, 2014

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Secondary biology teachers

2014 Teachers’ Summer Academy

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Start: Wed June 25 1pm-5pm
End: Fri June 27 8am-2pm

University of Washington

YOU and MESA colleagues around the state

Practical, effective, and fun teaching strategies in STEM education. Teachers will receive all relevant classroom resource materials.

Workshop Topics Include

  • Connecting the dots…Computer Science in the project-based classroom
  • Learn how to use computer software to create 3D models
  • Design and build a mobile phone application
  • Facilitating cultural sensitivity in a diverse classroom

Application Procedure
Registration must be completed by May 15, 2014 to ensure your place. You will receive notification of aceeptance by June 1, 2014 via email. There are two components to the application, both available here: Online registration form.

Send Your Applications Via email, fax or mail to:
Phyllis Harvey-Buschel Ed. D,
Curriculum Director

Fax: 206 508 3546
Mail: Attn. MESA Summer Academy Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
394 Schmitz Hall, Box 355845
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle WA, 98195-5845

The Fine Print:

  • Workshop tuition and accomodations are presented at no cost to MESA Teachers. Participants with documentation will be reimbursed for mileage to attend the workshop.
  • You will be required to submit a $50 fee at the time of registration that will be refunded after completion of the workshop.
  • Upon completion of the workshop Washington MESA will provide participants with 15 clock hours and a stipend of $240/day
  • This workshop will be followed up with center seminars during the school year based on your feedback. Follow up sessions will be designed around your students’ needs and classroom experiences.

The full flyer can be accessed here: Teachers Summer Academy TPD

2014 Washington MESA Scholarship Deadline Extension

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Each year, Washington MESA provides scholarship resources to students that have been recognized by their communities as future leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In partnership with Boeing and Weyerhaeuser, scholarship funds are provided to deserving Washington State MESA students to ensure that students have the opportunities to attend college, obtain STEM degrees, and pursue careers in STEM based fields.

The deadline has been extended to May 5, 2014


The Washington MESA Newsletter

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Successful Legislative Efforts

Screenshot 2014-04-15 14.52.19Olympia, WA. “The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Community College Program (MCCP) was highlighted at a House Higher Education Committee work session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. MESA provides under-represented students academic and transfer-support services to help them excel and ultimately attain four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. Started in California, the program has successfully been replicated in over a dozen states. Full story and VIDEO.


Washington MESA Scholarship

Each year, Washington MESA provides scholarship resources to students that have been recognized by their communities as future leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields. In partnerships with Boeing and Weyerhaeuser, scholarship funds are provided to persisting Washington State MESA students to ensure that students have the opportunities to attend college, obtain STEM degrees, and pursue careers in STEM based fields. The deadline to apply is May 5, 2014 so APPLY NOW! 


Center Spotlight

Yakima Valley Tri-Cities MESA and Columbia Basin College MCCP Yakima Valley Tri-Cities MESA and Columbia Basin College MCCP

Yakima, WA. On February 21, 2014 YVTC MESA high school and Columbia Basin College community college students attended workshops lead by stem professionals and also competed in an Engineering design challenge. As a result of the STEM Pathway Conference students explored career opportunities in STEM and community college students served as mentors for K-12 MESA students to provide tangible connections to college experiences.

Call for Volunteers: Seattle MESA Day

Screenshot 2014-04-09 11.34.26We are recruiting volunteers to help us with our 2014 Seattle MESA Day on Saturday, April 26th! The event will take place at Jane Addams K-8 school (11051 34th Ave NE Seattle, WA), and volunteers will be on-site 8:30am through 3:00pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided!

The MESA Program (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement) seeks to engage a diverse group of middle school and high school students in STEM activities, which provide hands-on opportunities, project-based learning, and exposure to careers within the STEM fields.

Screenshot 2014-04-09 11.37.42Our MESA Day is a combination of a competition (this year the students are testing Prosthetic Arms that they built in their MESA classes) and STEM-related activities done in teams.

Our volunteers will help to judge elements of the competition (testing or oral presentations), help to lead other STEM-related activities (instructions provided in advance), or will help with logistics (check-in, guiding student teams to the correct room, etc.).

To volunteer, please register online by April 21:

To see our flyer or share with others who may be interested, visit:

If you would like more information, or would like us to come present to your group/team, please feel free to email me or call me at 206-616-2946.