What is Mesa?
Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a low-cost program designed to increase access to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathways and encourage college readiness for low-income, minority or first-generation college-bound students in grades 6-12. Students involved in MESA experience:
- Active Learning – students learn and implement the MESA Engineering Design Process through numerous highly-engaging, relevant, hands-on activities in which their experience of project-based learning, while supported by the teacher, is driven mainly by student teams. Such learning reinforces Common Core and NGSS practices like:
- Collaborative problem solving
- Building and testing of prototypes
- Collecting and analyzing data
- Consideration of design variables
- Communicating design choices
- Visual models, both hand drawn and computer-aided
- Exposure to STEM – through college and career mentors and university campus events.
- Mentoring –students meet and learn from university students and STEM professionals who can share their experiences and strategies on pursuing a STEM major and career.
- Campus Events – students explore unique STEM fields/majors like computer engineering, civil engineering, and aerospace and mechanical engineering while connecting with undergraduate and graduate students.
- Competition – MESA USA hosts a nationwide competition for MESA students and their supporters. This year, the National Competition is in Arizona and is entitled Arduino Based Solutions for Humans.
- College Readiness – Rocky Mountain MESA students have the opportunity to meet and work with peers at institutions of higher education, as well as professors and scientist researchers.
- Peer Support – by supporting the development of college-minded peer groups that support and encourage each other throughout the K-16 pipeline.
Director, Rocky Mountain MESA