Washington MESA Days are here!!
This is a time when MESA partners and supporters join to encourage our K-12 students in their engineering designs wind energy competition. The students compete with corresponding research in windmill designs for sustainable energy production.
I would like to hear from teachers about their thinking regarding the Conceptual Framework for the New K-12 Science standards. The draft framework identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. Follow the link below to read more:
A car wash helps raise money for MESA at Napa Valley College. Photo by Rebecca Huval/Register.
The Napa Valley Register highlights the MESA program at Napa Valley College, noting its growth over the last decade and the importance of providing a place to study with peers away from part-time jobs and family issues. The article includes student perspectives and describes funding challenges. Full article »
Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Marybeth Gasman relates her conclusion that “we know how to increase the success of African Americans in the STEM fields.” She summarizes several ways that institutions with strong track records in STEM achievement for African Americans have been successful—many of which parallel MESA methods. Full article »
Rashanah Botley, director of MESA at Edmonds Community College. Photo by Mark Mulligan / The Herald.
The Everett Herald traces Rashanah Botley’s path from single mom on state assistance to Seattle Pacific University honors graduate to director of the MESA program at Edmonds Community College. The article goes into the statistics that underlie the need for MESA programs. Full article »
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) brought together members of Congress, administration officials, and academics to discuss issues facing minorities in getting college degrees in the STEM disciplines. As part of the day’s events, NACME released its Community College Transfer Study which examines the role of community colleges as a critical pathway to meeting the national crisis in STEM education and analyzes the current and future role of community colleges in developing and expanding the ranks of graduates in these areas. Full press release »