Cal State East Bay was the center of fierce competition on Saturday, March 23, as more than 300 local middle and high school students vied for victory at the 2019 MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) STEM competition preliminaries. Teams of students engaged in a daylong science competition with challenges that included designing gliders that could navigate a right turn, and building prosthetic arms capable of picking up a cup. The 53 victors advanced to the Northern California Regionals, hosted by Google on April 13, with the winners there--from Fremont's Kennedy High--going on to the state MESA Championships at UCLA on May 4.
The annual event culminates a year of STEM studies for students in Alameda and Contra Costa counties through MESA, a program founded in 1970 to give traditionally under-served students the interest and skills they need to pursue STEM studies and careers.
With funding provided by the state Legislature, MESA is an award-winning statewide program providing comprehensive support to encourage under-served students to excel in the sciences and pursue STEM studies at the college level and beyond. Cal State East Bay is one of 18 MESA centers throughout the state, serving middle and high schools throughout the East Bay. MESA provides a rich array of learning activities, professional development for participating teachers, individual academic plans to help students navigate high school and college studies, career exploration and student achievement and leadership awards.
This year, the East Bay MESA program is being led by the Institute for STEM Education, established in 2011 to advance the university's commitment to STEM education for its diverse East Bay community. "MESA is an exciting challenge for the Institute," noted Trina Ostrander, Executive Director. "MESA's mission is exactly parallel to the Institute's. We are looking forward to leveraging our resources, which include professional development for teachers, expertise in engaging STEM education both in class and after school, and STEM career awareness and preparation, to strengthen MESA's impact on students and their families."
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MESA is currently sponsored by Chevron, the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, Antioch Unified School District and the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program, led by the University of California's Office of the President.