Engaging students in STEM for over 25 years

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Applying skills and building confidence.

Oregon MESA is a pre-college academic program hosted by Portland State University that equips underrepresented students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), invention, and 21st-century skills. MESA reframes these skills into how students can help others in their daily lives, connecting academic work to their real lives and aspirations. As a result, they are better prepared to graduate from high school, enroll in postsecondary education, and compete in a global marketplace.

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OUR IMPACT

Oregon MESA serves over 400 students and their families annually. MESA students are:

65% low-income (free/reduced lunch)

71% first-generation college bound

50% girls


OUR SERVICE AREAS


We currently have programs in schools across five school districts: Portland Public, Parkrose, Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Salem-Keizer. Learn more about our chapters.






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OUR supporters


Oregon MESA continues to offer life-changing programs to students because of the generous grants and donations from our supporters.


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MESA’s work is critical to advancing invention education. It gives young people more creative confidence, unleashes their thinking about ways to advance positive change, and maximizes their personal potential. That leads to a smarter, stronger Oregon.
- Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation

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