What We Do
The Oregon MESA Program
Oregon MESA is a pre-college academic program that makes achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields a reality for more students. Middle and high school MESA students learn by working in teams, conducting scientific research, building hands-on projects and participating in internships. We believe that high expectations lead to high achievement. MESA is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
MESA Builds Bridges
Weekly chapter meetings, field trips and interactions with diverse university students and professionals help students connect what they are learning with the work people are doing. By participating in MESA activities, students begin to see themselves as capable, college-bound mathematicians, engineers and scientists. The critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills MESA students develop prepare them for a lifetime of continuous learning and professional success.
Creating Community Partnerships
The MESA Partnership Model connects students, teachers, schools, and families with universities, community colleges, industry and government. Oregon MESA is supported by Portland State University, the state legislature, the Oregon University System, school districts, industry, professional and community organizations, foundations and individual donors. MESA works closely with industry, which recognizes the program’s ability to prepare the diverse technical professionals needed by companies to maintain their global competitive advantage.
Oregon MESA Students:
- Design and build projects and conduct research to prepare for science fairs and MESA Day
- Develop skills in math, science and technology through team work and inquiry-based learning
- Explore careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and education
- Prepare for college by enrolling in college preparatory courses and taking the SAT
- Communicate effectively by writing technical papers, creating displays and giving presentations
- Plan for their future by visiting university campuses, corporate sites and conducting field work
- Volunteer their time for community service projects and serve as role models for their peers
- Learn during the summer through internships, research and academic experiences
Oregon MESA Families:
- Participate in workshops on college planning, scholarships and financial aid
- Partner with MESA to create additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom
Oregon MESA Teachers:
- Participate in specialized professional development workshops with other MESA teachers
- Collaborate to share best practices and develop innovative math/science/engineering curricula
Oregon MESA Schools:
- Teachers share their MESA teaching and professional development experiences with other teachers, thus impacting thousands more students beyond those directly involved in MESA.