MESA Schools Program
Invention education for middle and high school students.
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.
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.
Students learn human-centered and engineering design to complete projects.
Students record progress, write technical papers, and give oral presentations.
MESA students are more likely to see themselves as designers, inventors, and team members.