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, 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 or follow #Hack4Seattle on Twitter or seattle.opendata on Facebook.

Tri-City Herald profiles Pedro Guajardo Jr.

Pedro Guajardo Jr.Pedro Guajardo Jr. is an electrical engineering student at Washington State University Tri-Cities. He was recently invited to present his biofuel development research at an undergraduate showcase on the Pullman campus and his work has earned him a $1,000 fellowship. He cites the importance of MESA during high school in getting him on a track that led to college and internships at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read more »

YVTC MESA Day 2013

Richland, WA: Over 300 YVTC MESA middle school and high school students from the Granger, Mount Adams, Pasco, Sunnyside and Toppenish school districts competed at the 2013 YVTC MESA Day at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, WA on April 25th, 2013. The day long competition was a culminating activity for YVTC MESA students to showcase their year long hands on experiential research, design, testing, and development of prosthetic arms. Teams were judged based upon distance – accuracy relay, object relocation, dexterity task, and design efficiency. The team projects were also assessed through demonstrated group work including oral and poster board presentations, and technical papers as a part of their graphical displays. Continue reading

MESA Day Upcoming Deadlines


Important Deadlines in preparation for Washington MESA Prosthetic Arm Challenge

May 18, 2013

Registration Deadlines
Registration lists of your Teams will be accepted via fax at 206 508 3546. Registration includes providing a list of the names of students, their advisors and MESA staff members and parents who will be attending State MESA Day. These lists can be emailed to or mailed to:

Washington MESA, University of Washington
Attention: Phyllis Harvey-Buschel
PO Box 355485
Schmitz Hall 394 Box 355845
Seattle WA 89195-5845

May 1st, 2013

  • Washington MESA deadline for Registration Forms from centers
  • Photographs of winning teams for each center must be received to be included in the program
  • Notify Washington MESA of T-shirt sizes for your team members on registration forms

Reminder for centers staying overnight:

  • Please confirm your reservation to ensure that group rates are received at: Silver Cloud, Redmond WA

Technical Paper Deadline

  • May 1, 2013: Technical papers from the center teams must be emailed to Washington MESA at no later than 5PM (PST). Preferred format is a PDF file but MS Word 2003 or higher will be accepted. Confirmation receipt will be sent.
A downloadable version of the deadlines listed above are available here.