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MESA DAY 2019
AT Portland state university
If you are interested in volunteering at MESA Day, we'd love to have you join us!
- Total time commitment: approximately 6-8 hours
- Experience in a STEM or education field is strongly preferred, though not required
If you are an individual who would like to volunteer at MESA Day, follow this link.
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.
WHAT IS MESA DAY?
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, Solar Powered Lanterns, and the Prosthetic Arm Challenge. This year, students are working on the spring human-centered design challenge. 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 USA National Design Competition!
Did you miss the last MESA Day?
Check out the winners of our competitions in our Awards Booklet!
You can view videos of student pitches and our evening awards ceremony on our Facebook page.
View MESA Day through the lens of a student! Evan, one of our middle school students, vlogged his experience at MESA Day. You can see the video here.
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