News Release| MESA; Cal State L.A.

Future engineers, scientists show off skills in hands-on competition

More than 200 high school students to participate at Cal State L.A. event 

On Saturday, April 13, more than 200 students will drop eggs, crush bridges, and sling vehicles in hope of capturing a win at a hands-on math, engineering and science competition at Cal State L.A.

High school students from across the L.A. metro area will participate in the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Day competition. These top-ranked individuals have already advanced from local competitions held in March.

MESA Days are geared toward showcasing students’ math and science know-how. These future technical professionals have spent months creating and designing math and science projects, in order to beat all challengers and win first place. The highly-visual events include a mousetrap car race, an egg drop contest and a prosthetic arm competition.

WHAT

MESA Day competition:

Student Arrival and Project Check-in ..............................................9 – 9:45 a.m.

Appeals Time-out ...............................................................................10 – 10:30 a.m.

MESA Sponge Activities.....................................................................10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Project-Based Competitions* ...........................................................10 a.m. – noon

Lunch .......................................................................................................Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony .............................................................................1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Departure ..............................................................................................2:45 p.m.

 

* Note: All project-based competitions will take place simultaneously.

 

WHERE:               

Cal State L.A., Eagles Nest Gym, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032.

Parking available at parking lot 5; parking pass available at the Welcome Center.

Campus map:  /sites/default/files/univ/ppa/campus_map.pdf

 

WHO:

More than 200 students from 25 schools from all over the L.A. metro area.

MESA is an academic preparation program that serves over 28,000 California pre-college, community college and university students who are educationally disadvantaged. The California Labor Secretary projects a shortage of 25,000 technical workers by 2016, making programs such as MESA imperative.  For more information about the MESA statewide program, visit http://mesa.ucop.edu/home.html.

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