SEATTLE, 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.
Carl Bailey Jr., President of the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals, gave a shout out to Washington MESA, Seattle MESA, and Washington STEM after Seattle MESA Day. A team of SULYP volunteers helped judge the competition. View Carl’s message »
One year after the launch of Washington STEM, the organization summarizes how its investments to date are producing benefits. Washington MESA’s expansion of the Summer Math Scholars program to Vancouver, First Nations, Yakima Valley/Tri Cites, and two sites in Tacoma is cited as one of the successes. More:
Washington STEM eNEWS »
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There is no Common Core for Science. The new standards will be called The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Same same but different!
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
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.”
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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/
This Saturday March 24th 2012, MESA students in Vancouver will showcase their efforts in design engineering during the annual MESA day at Clark College Vancouver. A great place to observe PBL and student engagement in action.
See you there!
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 »
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.