CSU, Chico News

MESA Competitions Teach Middle and High School Students About Engineering, Science and Math

Date: 03-06-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

More than 100 students from six local middle and senior high schools will drop eggs from tall buildings, race miniature cars built from mousetraps, launch projectiles from trebuchet devices, crush bridge models made from balsawood and compete in other hands-on activities on Saturday, March 8, at California State University, Chico.

These activities are part of a full day of engineering, science and math competitions sponsored by the pre-college division of the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program. The MESA Day activities will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at different locations on the west side of the CSU, Chico campus.

The MESA Schools Program (MSP) is a statewide academic preparation and enrichment initiative that assists educationally disadvantaged students in achieving academically, developing an early interest in math and science-based careers, and preparing for competitive entry into college.

MESA Day participants will include students from Chico High School, Gridley High School, Orland High School, Williams Middle School, Williams High School and Yuba City High School.

Winning students and teams will progress to the regional MESA Day event April 26, which will bring approximately 500 students from throughout Northern California to CSU, Chico.

Saturday’s event is sponsored yearly by the CSU, Chico MESA Schools Program (MSP) Center, which has been serving local area schools for more than 15 years. Typically, graduating students of the center demonstrate a 90 percent college-going rate with approximately half choosing a major in science, technology, engineering or math.

MESA is nationally known for its innovation in science and math education, and its curricular model has been replicated in 12 other states.

For more information, contact Teresita Curiel, (530) 898-5799.