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The MESA Schools Program

The MESA Schools Program teaches STEM, invention, and 21st-century skills to historically underrepresented students. We overcome barriers to access by providing our program at no cost, offering it at the schools where our students are enrolled, and engaging parents directly in the success of their child.

Teachers within the school are trained in the MESA curriculum that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) engineering standards. Throughout the school year, they serve as MESA advisors to students and meet during weekly, one-hour chapter meetings. Student achievement is evaluated by external assessments by Education Northwest.

During the program, students are engaged in the following:



Students use common household tools to innovate low-cost solutions for a global community.


Team Building

Students work in small project teams throughout the school year.



Students compete at MESA Day each year and the top middle and high school teams go on to compete at MESA Nationals.


STEM Curriculum

Students learn human-centered and engineering design to complete projects.


Professional Practice

Students record progress, write technical papers, and give oral presentations.


Demonstrated Success

MESA students are more likely to see themselves as designers, inventors, and team members.

If you are interested in bringing a MESA chapter to your school, click the link to learn more about eligibility requirements.


D2L Apps Internship

Digital Design Lab Apps Internship is now open for high school students in MESA!

Digital Design Lab Apps, is an 11 week summer internship for 5-10 MESA High School Students! The program will teach students how to build Android Apps that are focused on helping adult braille users, parents of and professionals who work with the blind and visually impaired learn the new Unified English Braille (UEB) code in a playful way. D2L Apps will be led by Portland State University Associate Professor, Dr. Christof Teuscher.

Who should apply:

  • High school students in MESA.
  • Juniors and Seniors for the 2016-2017 school year will be given preference

Program requirements:

  • Curiosity
  • Interest in creating solutions to real-world problems
  • Passion for technology
  • Willingness to learn new things
  • Dedicate one day/week this summer

How to apply:

Click here to access application. Applications will by due by 5 pm on Friday, July 1st.

MC² Program

The MESA MC² Program is a pre-college, adult-readiness collaboration program with AmeriCorps for underrepresented high school students. We recruit professional, experienced College Access Coaches, train them in MESA curriculum, and send them to our MESA schools, where they teach MESA MC² curriculum in four-hour sessions over the course of six months. They work with a small group of students to fill in their knowledge gaps about career planning, college preparation, and professional development.

Students who complete the MC² Program leave with a completed and highly professional resume, cover letter, college application, scholarship application, LinkedIn professional networking profile, and job or college interview with individualized feedback from an industry professional.

College Access Coaches help MESA students with the following topics:

  • Choosing the right career: How to research opportunities, occupational salaries, and requirements
  • Choosing the right school: Post-secondary institutions available and how to narrow options
  • Creating timelines: Budgeting for the future and making a 5-10 year plan
  • Navigating financial aid: Types of aid, where to find resources, and how to apply
  • Exploring internships: What they are, where to find them, and how to apply
  • Building professional skills: Personal branding, professional interview attire, and presentation skills

If you are a student at Century High School, Madison High School, Parkrose High School, or Liberty High School and you are interested in applying for the MC² Program, please contact our College Access Coordinator, Stephanie Gonzales, at


As funding becomes available, we offer seasonal programs, workshops, and events to prepare students and their families for post-secondary education, STEM careers, and professional opportunities. Check back for seasonal opportunities.


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