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.
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.
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When he was a homeless youth, Mark Bennett spent time in the University of Washington’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library to escape the cold weather. Now a junior at the UW, he visits the same library to study math.
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Genome Sciences Education Outreach (GSEO)
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.
Apply again-we’ll have new opportunities for you, too.
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.
June 23-27, 2014
Secondary biology teachers
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
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,
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
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
Successful Legislative Efforts
Olympia, 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!
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.
We 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.
Our 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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AmqsYstEeKHSp9MV_Lxnq7Ud9TL6c8t478mju8eYURk/viewform
To see our flyer or share with others who may be interested, visit: https://www.smore.com/gyy45
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.
Hosted by Microsoft at the Redmond Conference Center on May 17, 2014 Washington MESA Day represents a one-day event of excitement and academic challenges for Middle and High School MESA students from MESA Centers across the state of Washington.With their teachers, parents, center coordinators, and Directors regional winners participate in challenges in mathematics, design engineering, and scientific research presentations.
WA MESA Day is open to the public, although only MESA middle and high schools students are eligible to participate and compete.
To volunteer at this event please fill out the registration form which is located here: Washington MESA Day 2014 Volunteer Page. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the MESA Curriculum Director Dr. Phyllis Harvey-Buschel at email@example.com
Jason Lee in Vancouver School District and Evergreen High School in Evergreen School District won their respective Engineering Design Challenges at the regional Southwest Washington MESA Day competition, Saturday March 22nd. The event is in partnership with Clark College and held at the Clark College Campus. Both teams advance to compete at the Statewide MESA Day competition sponsored by Microsoft and held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA. The two teams will compete with other statewide MESA Center (Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Seattle, Spokane, Yakima/Tri-Cities, First Nations) winners for the opportunity to represent Washington and advance to the MESA USA National Design Competition to be held at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon in June.
MESA Day provides students the opportunity to showcase their design, problem solving, mathematical and communication skills through an engineering design challenge. The 2014 Competition is a Prosthetic Arm Challenge. Students follow the design process through lessons that show students how science and math help engineers arrive at the best possible solutions for real world challenges. The students demonstrate their devices, display their academic boards, give oral presentations and submit technical papers.
Additional winners were crowned at the SW Washington MESA Day event for Math Olympiad. The Math Olympiad Middle School Competition was won by Jason Lee Middle School (Vancouver School District), and the High School was won by Evergreen High School (Evergreen School District).
Prosthetic Arm Challenge – Middle School
First Place The A.M.E.S.A.I.N.G.s Jason Lee MESA Teachers: Susan Lindenmeyer & Suzie Womack
Second Place Eye Am The Panthers Jason Lee MESA Teachers: Susan Lindenmeyer & Suzie Womack
Third Place Prosthetic Panthers Jason Lee MESA Teachers: Susan Lindenmeyer & Suzie Womack
Prosthetic Arm Challenge – High School
First Place Team Green Evergreen MESA Teachers: Marc Stegmaier & Brian Beecher
Second Place Sparkles Evergreen MESA Teachers: Marc Stegmaier & Brian Beecher
Third Place Mt. View Rookie Blues Mountain View MESA Teachers: Jan Kelley & Emika Allen
Math Olympiad – Middle School Jason Lee MESA Teacher: Susan Lindenmeyer & Suzie Womack
Math Olympiad – High School Evergreen MESA Teacher: Marc Stegmaier & Brian Beecher
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