CSU, Chico News

Local Students Focus on Science at Chico State’s MESA Day

Date: 03-07-2013

Diana Parra-Villaseñor, director
MESA Schools Program and Educational Talent Search
Yolanda Salazar-Garcia, assistant director
Educational Talent Search
Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will be bustling with science, math and engineering activity on Saturday, March 9, 2013, when 150 young students from local middle and high schools arrive to showcase their projects at the annual MESA Day sponsored by the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) initiative. Students will race mousetrap cars, test prosthetic arms and gliders, crush bridges and drop eggs from tall buildings—the gooiest event of all! Activities will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the following buildings on the west side of campus: Langdon Hall, O’Connell Technology Center, Yolo Hall and Shurmer Gym. The egg drop will take place at Butte Hall from 12:20 to 1 p.m.

One of the nation’s most innovative and successful programs, MESA works with economically and educationally disadvantaged students to inspire them towards achieving academically; developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers; and preparing for competitive college admissions. MESA conducts year-round classroom programs in partner schools, but MESA Day is a highlighted event.

While MESA Day is a blast, it is about more than just fun. “MESA Day is a wonderful opportunity for young students to see a university up close, experience success, and expand their math and science knowledge in a unique, hands-on learning environment,” says Diana Parra-Villaseñor, director of MESA Schools Program.

MESA Day participants will include students from select schools in Chico, Hamilton City, Orland, Williams and Yuba City. Winning students and teams will progress to the regional MESA Day at CSU, East Bay in April, where they will vie for spots in statewide and national events.