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.

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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


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

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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