CSU, Chico News

Science, Math in Spotlight at MESA Day Regionals April 25

Date: 04-20-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Diana Parra-Villaseñor, Director
MESA Schools Program

More than 500 junior high and high school students will converge on California State University, Chico to showcase their innovative science, math and engineering projects at the MESA Day Regionals on Saturday, April 25.

This annual event is sponsored by the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools Program and CSU, Chico’s College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management.

Students in sixth through 12th grades around northern California will race mousetrap cars, test prosthetic arms and gliders, participate in speech competitions, present their model science creations, crush bridges and drop eggs from the sixth floor of Butte Hall. Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations across campus (see detailed list below).

One of the nation’s most innovative and successful programs, MESA works with economically and educationally disadvantaged students to inspire them toward achieving academically; developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers; and preparing for competitive college admissions.

While it’s thrilling, the program is more than just about fun, design and competition, said MESA director Diana Parra-Villaseñor.

“MESA Day Regionals 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,” she said.

MESA Day Regionals participants will include students served by the following campuses and programs: CSU, Chico, CSU, East Bay, UC Davis/Sacramento State, University of the Pacific, San Jose State, Santa Rosa Junior College, Resources for Indian Student Education (RISE) and Ukiah.

Students winning the prosthetic arm competition will compete in the statewide event of MESA’s national engineering design competition at University of the Pacific in Stockton May 16.

Locations of Saturday’s events and competitions are

  • Opening/Closing—Shurmer Gym
  • Prosthetic Arm—Bell Memorial Union
  • Balsawood Gliders/Planes—Shurmer Gym
  • Mousetrap Cars—Yolo Hall
  • Egg Xpress—Butte Hall
  • Civil Structures—Langdon Hall
  • Model Science—O’Connell Hall
  • Speech—Langdon Hall

For more information on MESA, please visit www.csuchico.edu/msp.