Washington MESA Supports State Adoption of Next Generation Science Standards

SEATTLEWashington MESA leadership, teachers and students played a role in the review process for a new set of k-12 state science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), officially adopted earlier this month. Gov. Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn made the announcement at Cascade Middle School in the Highline School District.

Washington was a lead partner in the two-year review process and is the eight state in the Widespread input in Washingtoncountry to adopt the NGSS. The standards are based on the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education” which outlines the practices, fundamental concepts and core ideas needed to prepare students to become 21st century mathematicians, scientists and engineers.

Washington MESA, administered through the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, is a program that provides enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering and science for underrepresented students, minorities and girls in grades k-14.

“Recognizing Washington MESA as a valued partner in the development and implementation of the NGSS is a reflection of Washington state’s commitment to ensuing that all students have access to a quality education that prepares them for careers in the 21st century and for life,” said James Dorsey, Washington MESA executive director.

In 2012, MESA began to prepare teachers with information about new NGSS standards by offering professional development sessions in collaboration with Ellen Ebert, the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Science Director.

MESA also provided content and feedback for the Bias and Sensitivity process and wrote a letter of support for adoption to the state superintendent. MESA students were among the two student groups who reviewed and provided feedback on the standards o the national writers for the NGSS.

“We recognize the importance of ensuring that our constituent’s voices were represented and therefore invested over 60 hours reviewing the standards and providing feedback,” Dorsey said. “We were pleased to have played a role in informing NGSS’s review and adoption process.”

For more information, please contact Dorsey at jbdorsey@uw.edu or 206-616-7739. Additional information is also on the Washington MESA web site. The press release announcing the NGSS standards is available on the OSPI web site. 

YVTC MESA Teacher Kick Off for 2013 – 2014

On September 6, 2013 MESA teachers from the Yakima Valley and Tri-Cities area came together for our annual MESA Teacher Kick Off, hosted at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The kick off involved information on upcoming MESA Conferences, Competitions, additional MESA Events and Teacher Professional Development, focused on, how to create meaning to science in the classroom and how to maximize student engagement and participation in the classroom. MESA teachers also had the opportunity to get together, meet each other and share their own experiences and ideas about what works in the classroom. We love You MESA Teacher’s, We Hope You Learned Something New and Had FUN!!!

In partnership with UGO and WSU Tri-Cities, YVTC MESA was able to provide some amazing professional development opportunities for our MESA Teachers. MESA had the pleasure of working with

both Mr. Dale Ingraham, Outreach Coordinator from LIGO (Lase Interferometer Gravitation wave Observatory) and Dr. Kate McAteer, WSU-TC, Biology professor to offer two great workshops. Mr. Ingram’s worksop topic was on “Good Science, Bad Science, Junk Science, Non-Science: Managing a Healthy Science Diet for Students,” and Dr. Kate McAteer’s workshop focused on, “Using clicker technology, props, and peer learning to enhance the science/math classroom.” Thank you Dale and Kate, you mean a lot to our program!

MESA community college students in Haiti

Fairfield, CA When Anh Nguyen first saw the school in Cherette, Haiti, it was raining. He said there were leaks everywhere. Matthew Pinkerton-Lloyd said there were huge “cheese holes,” where rust corroded the roof on the approximately 800-square-foot school that served about 400 students. The bathroom? No roof, no doors.

But the students still came to learn. That’s what struck many of the Solano Community College students who embarked on a lengthy project to build a new six-room school in connection with a Vallejo nonprofit, Water & Education International. “I was taken aback with how dedicated they were to going to school,” Pinkerton-Lloyd said. “If that was out here, (kids would say,) ‘No, that’s ghetto, I’m not going.’ ” Nguyen said students came from miles away to attend the ramshackle, leaky school in the small village located in the southwestern part of Haiti.

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MESA is a top 5 STEM Program for Young Black Men

MESA is a top 5 STEM program for young black men

Credit Black Enterprise June 7, 2013:

When it comes to exposing youth to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the earlier the better.

Acknowledging the importance of STEM education, the Obama administration embarked on Educate to Innovate in 2009 in an effort to encourage and prepare more children to work in these fields. Minorities specifically need a boost, being the most underrepresented in STEM careers because of the lack of access to related programs and professionals. Read more »

Washington MESA Students Participate in Mobile App Challenge

Over 40 MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) students from Seattle and Tacoma will compete in Hack for Change, a mobile application challenge, on Sat., June 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. For the past two months, MESA students from three local high schools (Lakes and Foss in Tacoma, Mariner in Seattle) have participated in a program that introduces them to computer science through the creation of a smartphone application.

Students have worked with industry mentors and advisors to build apps that are aimed to help them manage assignments and projects. Their work will be put to the test on Saturday where they will compete for scholarships and prizes. The event is sponsored by Technology Alliance and the Washington State Broadband Office. Read more »

2013 – Washington MESA Day State Competition Results

Redmond, WA – On Saturday May 17th, over 60 MESA students from Washington competed at this year’s MESA Prosthetics Design Challenge hosted by Washington MESA and Microsoft at the Microsoft Conference center in Redmond. The top teams from middle school and high school will go on to compete at the MESA USA National competition on June 21-23 in Portland, Oregon. This year over 20,000 MESA students competed nationally to be recognized as the best of the best in the design challenge in their respective states.

This year Washington MESA will be represented by Shadle Park High School out of the Spokane MESA program and the middle school team hails from Jason Lee High School from the Southwest WA Vancouver MESA program. Each student from the winning teams also received MESA scholarships to support their enrollment in college and studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics based disciplines.

Overall Middle School Team Winners:
–1st Jason Lee M.S. (Vancouver) – Tyler Bacon, Samuel Sparkman, James Hess. Advised by Suzie Lindenmeyer & Suzie Womack
–2nd Harrison M.S. (Tri-cities)
–3rd Glover M.S (Spokane)

Overall High School Team Winners:
–1st Shadle Park (Spokane) – Hailey Guyette, Jessica Lim, Kleopatra Deltchev. Advised by Dan Dunlop
–2nd Chiawana H.S. (Tri-cities)
–3rd Evergreen H.S. (Vancouver)

Hack for Change – Seattle

Seattle, WA:

MESA Students join Hack for Change – Seattle

We’re thrilled that more than 40 students, MESA Advisors and parents from the Washington MESA program will join Hack for Change – Seattle on Saturday, June 1. MESA students are developing an application (App) to address the problem of managing students’ assignments and projects. The students’ application is called “MESA Solutions for Learning” which should make managing any student tasks fun, inspiring and attainable for the struggling, as well as motivated, students.

The high-school students will also work with software developers in workshops and open-data advocates to build applications and visualizations. These applications are based on the data available on data.seattle.gov, Seattle’s open data platform. The day-long event will culminate in the presentation and judging of MESA team projects, and awarding prizes to the winners.

Register to join the MESA students at Hack for Change – Seattle at: RSVP HERE

For more information, visit codeforseattle.org or follow #Hack4Seattle on Twitter or seattle.opendata on Facebook.