What We Do

  • ................................................................................................................................................... MESA Day features a variety of mathematics, engineering, and scientific challenges for students in a fun, competitive environment. Here, students use spaghetti noodles and gum drops to design a stable structure with their classmates. ...................................................................................................................................................
  • ...................................................................................................................................................... Our D2L Advanced program gives students the opportunity to design and program devices and present their work to other students and community members. ......................................................................................................................................................
  • ...................................................................................................................................................... D2L students are initially introduced to logic programs in fun activities. Here, students gather around to observe a classmate designing animated text. ......................................................................................................................................................
  • ...................................................................................................................................................... Our annual MESA Day challenges students to test their device in a fun, thorough, and healthy competition. Here, a student tests her prosthetic arm in a Distance Accuracy Relay. ......................................................................................................................................................
  • ...................................................................................................................................................... D2L Advanced students present their design. ......................................................................................................................................................
  • ...................................................................................................................................................... Oregon MESA Advisors are individually trained to teach math, engineering, and science curriculum in conjunction with our student programs. ......................................................................................................................................................
  • ........................................................................................................................................................ All of our curriculum is geared toward using technology to solve global problems. Here, Advisor Damon Jansen uses an electronic candle to simulate the difficulties for individuals in underdeveloped regions to sort items by lantern light. ........................................................................................................................................................

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 MESA teachers
  • Collaborate to share best practices and develop innovative math/science/engineering curricul

 

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.