CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico to Host MESA Day March 5

Date: 03-01-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Tel: 530-898-4143
Teresita Curiel
Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement

California State University, Chico will be busy with science, math and engineering activity on Saturday, March 5, when close to 200 young students from local area middle and senior 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 wind energy devices, crush bridges and drop eggs from tall buildings. Activities will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in various locations on the west side of campus.

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

While participating students have a lot of fun, the program is more than just about fun and design. “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,” said Teresita Curiel, MESA director.

MESA Day participants will include students from select schools in Chico, Orland, Plumas Lake, Williams and Yuba City. Winning students and teams will progress to the Regional MESA Day at Sonoma State University in April, where they will vie for a spot in similar statewide and national events.