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MESA Day is our annual state competition for the MESA Schools Program. Student teams compete to test and demonstrate their engineering projects, which they develop throughout the school year. Past projects have included Trebuchets, Wind Mills, and Solar Powered Lanterns. This year, students will develop prosthetic devices for the competition. Winners of Oregon MESA day will have the opportunity to compete at the MESA USA Nationals competition.

During the competition students also have the opportunity to compete in mini, day-of competitions called “on-sites,” attend campus tours of Portland State University, and meet industry professionals volunteering at the event.

How Do Students Qualify For Mesa Day?

To qualify for MESA Day, students must first participate in the MESA Schools program. They will then work in groups of 2-4 to develop a project beginning in January. They research, design, test, and re-design their device during weekly chapter meetings throughout the school year. Participants of MESA Day must give an oral presentation, write a technical paper, keep an engineering design notebook to document their ideas, and test their device in several challenges at the competition. The top-placing middle school and high school teams at Oregon MESA Day win an all-expenses-paid trip to the MESA Nationals!

Check back soon about MESA Day 2017!

MESA DAY 2017 will be held On May 16, 2017.


If you are interested in volunteering at MESA Day, visit our volunteer page to learn more and sign-up. If you work for a company in a STEM field and would like to learn more about how your company can get involved, visit our Partner with Us page.

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