Bring MESA to your school.
Ensure your students have the skills to compete in a global market.
Oregon MESA is an after-school program that teaches STEM, invention and 21st century learning skills to underrepresented students. Students meet weekly over the course of the school year to develop group engineering projects centered around solving global needs. In the past, our students have designed and engineered projects around clean water filtration, solar lighting, prosthetic devices, and windmills.
According to the Oregon MESA 2014 exit survey conducted by Education NW, most student participants agreed that working on their MESA project affected their interest in learning about and helping other people, encouraged them to conserve energy, and got them to think about new ways to promote sustainability.
Requirements for Consideration:
We can offer our program at schools that meet the following criteria:
- Must be a middle or high school (or any school serving students in 6-12th grades)
- 50% of the student population is considered underrepresented in STEM fields*
- 50% of the student population qualifies for free/reduced lunch
- Connected with teacher passionate about running a MESA Chapter
- Backed by the school’s administration
In addition to the above criteria we employ a district-wide strategy when considering new chapters. It is vital to our students’ success that the MESA Schools Program be available for students at the middle and high school levels. This ensures that students have the opportunity to be supported by MESA throughout their pre-secondary educational track.
*The federal definitions of underrepresented populations in STEM are: Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Multiracial, and female.