Statewide Washington MESA Day to be held May 19 at Microsoft

MESA Day display boardSEATTLE, WA – Washington MESA Day, a one-day event of academic challenges for middle and high school students representing six MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Centers from across the state, will be held Sat., May 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Wash.

Fostering collaboration with the state’s rich community of scientists and engineers, MESA Day students will showcase their talents for future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Sponsored by Microsoft, the event will feature regional MESA team winners competing in three core challenges highlighted by a wind energy challenge (WEC) during which students will work with teachers and mentors to construct a windmill to generate electricity. The WEC winner will go on to compete in the national MESA competition hosted by Washington MESA at the Boeing Renton Plant, June 22-25.
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California MESA news

COS MESA Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent selected for NASA program

Col­lege of the Sequoias fresh­man Isis Frausto-Vicencio of Exeter and Dr. Robert Urte­cho, dean of math, sci­ence and engi­neer­ing, appeared today on KSEE (NBC) 24’s ‘Cen­tral Val­ley Today.’ 3/22/12, Col­lege of the Sequoias Pub­lic Infor­ma­tion Office

Recruiting disadvantaged youth to succeed

Edu­ca­tors in Brazil  have embarked on a liberal-arts cur­ricu­lum that includes lan­guage, math­e­mat­ics and sta­tis­tics, human­i­ties and the arts, the nat­ural sci­ences, and the bio­log­i­cal and health sci­ences as an exper­i­ment for recruit­ment and meet­ing the edu­ca­tional needs of an extemely diverse stu­dent population.  They posit that dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents needed to learn more about abstract rea­son­ing, the nat­ural world, quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive research, and other sub­jects they would oth­er­wise never encounter.  Below are two perspectives; an admin­is­tra­tor and a stu­dent  in the program.…..

“These kids haven’t seen great films, they haven’t read great lit­er­a­ture, they don’t speak for­eign lan­guages,” Mr. Kno­bel says. “I think it will open doors and broaden horizons.”

“The most dif­fi­cult thing is adapt­ing to the pace, to the demands, being in class all day long,” says Ms. Vale­ria, recall­ing her first year. “At school we stud­ied five hours a day. We are here from 10 to 6. There’s a lot of read­ing and a lot to take in.”

Link to Full Article:

http://chronicle.com/article/In-Brazil-a-Liberal-Arts/131234/

Tacoma MESA Day

Tacoma MESA stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents had a fun STEM expe­ri­ence at the Pacific Lutheran Uni­ver­sity this past Tues­day, March 27th. The stu­dents pre­sented their cap­stone projects in Dig­i­tal Media, Engi­neer­ing designs and in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Sev­eral stu­dents also demon­strated their pilot pros­thetic arm devices. Con­grat­u­la­tions and “Well Done” Tacoma MESA staff. https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/tacoma-mesa/

Spokane MESA hosts annual Wind Energy Challenge

students participating in wind energy challenge

Rogers High School students participate in
the Wind Energy Challenge.

The annual Wind Energy Challenge hosted by the Spokane MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Center has area middle school students excited about science. After perfecting their designs, 170 eighth grade MESA students from six Spokane public schools will test their windmills’ abilities to convert energy into both mechanical and kinetic power. Full WSU News story »

MESA Days

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.