MESA Highlights

Rooseverlt High School Solar Cup!

MESA has had a great impact at Roosevelt high school. The MESA students along with their MESA advisors, Israel Hernandez and Adriana Sanchez, decided to put their engineering and math skills to work and compete in the Solar Cup competition. The Roosevelt MESA students competed against 850 students representing 39 Private and Public High Schools from Southern California from May 16 – May 18. The students made a solar boat from scratch on their own with support from their advisors and the community. The MESA students and their advisors rallied and found sponsors from their school and community to fund this great endeavor, which included Union Pacific Railroad, LA Metro, Boys and Girl Club, East LA Chamber of Commerce, LA Dept. of Water and Power, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Roosevelt teachers and alumni. The students decorated their solar boat with pride with the Roosevelt High School MESA Logo for all to see who they represented. The team placed in the Rookie division: 2nd place in the technical report, 3rd place in Endurance race, 1st place in Sprint Race, and 2nd place overall with total points of 734.404/1000. These MESA students were highlighted on Univision for their hard work and dedication to this project and the great success that they had.


Nightingale Middle School Science Bowl

MESA teamed up with Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) and their student chapter Society of Hispanic Engineering and Science Students (SHESS) to host the 1st Middle School Science Bowl in the Los Angeles area. MESA made up 86% of the teams that participated in the LA regional Middle School Science Bowl. A team made up of MESA students from Nightingale Middle School placed 1st at the LA regional and went on to compete and represent the Los Angeles area in the National Science Bowl in Golden, Colorado. These students showed excellence in math and science concepts. They also had to construct a hydrogen fuel cell car and compete at the national competition. The National Science Bowl consisted of 180 students from 36 teams representing 27 states. In the Hydrogen powered car race their time was faster than cares of 17 teams from 14 states and placed 21st in the academic competition. These students represented themselves, MESA, and Florence Nightingale Middle School in a great way. City councilmember, Ed Reyes, personally had these students along with their MESA Advisor’s, principle, and MESA Director be awarded at the LA City Council meeting as great examples for the Los Angeles youth.