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CSUEB MESA Middle and High School Teams Triumph at Regionals and Advance to NEDC State Competitions

The Cal State East Bay MESA College Prep Program continued engaging teachers, middle and high school students, and their families in hands-on STEM learning during the global pandemic. Competing in a virtual year was new for everyone, but our students did incredibly well with sixty-three students moving on to the Northern California Regional competition where seven teams placed first, six teams placed second, and three teams placed third.

For the National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC) - the only competition that has State and National competitions - only one team in each division (middle and high school) from the Region moves on to compete. This year both teams who moved on from the Northern Region came from the CSU East Bay MESA Center, which was an incredible accomplishment.

The two teams - Team Bloo Box (middle school) and Team Terra Flight (high school) - had to identify an individual or group who experiences some type of inequity and design and create a solution that included the use of a microprocessor. Teams are required to create a prototype and pitch its operations, write a Design Brief, develop a Poster outlining their project, and give a Technical Presentation followed by a judging interview. In short, it is an intense competition that requires a lot of research, innovation, creativity, and technical skills. Congratulations to our two teams: