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Students Bring Home 2nd in National Competition

Congrats to the California MESA National Engineering Design Challenge winners!  The California teams won second place overall in both middle... View Article

Computer Science Education Week

As Computer Science Education Week winds down and more than 480 million people have participated in the Hour of Code,... View Article

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MESA Fuels Tech Talent

Solving the diversity problem in the tech world is a complicated problem.  Many tech companies have committed to improving their... View Article

Oracle Summer Programming Camps Were A Hit

Thanks to funding from Oracle, MESA recently concluded 6 JAVA summer programming camps for middle and high school students throughout California.... View Article

Linking MESA from 6th grade through bachelor’s

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller   Teamwork and collaboration are... View Article

Fresno National Champs

The Mendota Junior High School team is national champions of the MESA Engineering Design Competition! 8th graders Yousef Ali, Isabela... View Article

California Engineering Champions

The Golden State Warriors aren’t the only teams who can sweep a competition. CSU Fresno’s MESA center grabbed both middle... View Article

And the Winner Is…

California’s best and brightest future engineers will compete for top bragging rights and the title of state champs for creating... View Article

Students Drop Serious Aero-Design Knowledge

If you ever wondered how to make the perfect balsawood glider, talk to Matthew Suzuki and Niravroh Laha. The Harbor... View Article

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MESA Days Season in Full Swing

Hands-on learning and project-based learning have become buzz terms in the STEM education world. But MESA students have been using... View Article

Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve STEM Success

Ask Aneita Gage how it felt to be the only black, female engineering student at San Diego State University in... View Article

Lupe Segura

Lupe Segura immigrated to the U.S, when she was 13 years old. A lack of English skills quickly diminished her... View Article

Support Computer Science Literacy

Computer Science Education Week has come to an end, but this topic is much too important to embrace for just... View Article

Thank You, Volunteers

“It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”  ~Tom Brokaw   Recently, STEM professionals... View Article

MESA’s Future Engineers: the New Face of STEM

MESA students showed Silicon Valley why they are the new and needed faces of STEM.   Last weekend’s 13th Annual... View Article

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MESA and the New Face of STEM

Diversity in STEM and the Silicon Valley is a hot topic these days.    Top companies released the ethnic breakdown... View Article

POTUS Names MESA CompSci Champ

MESA’s commitment to bolster computer science education just got the presidential seal of approval.   The White House Office of Science... View Article

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Smithsonian Field Work Boosts Passion for STEM

Summer is winding down and back to school season is upon us.    Students are wrapping up internships, doing last... View Article

MESA Teacher Professional Development

Research shows effective teacher professional development leads to increased student achievement.   So MESA provides teachers with top-notch training opportunities... View Article

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California Teams Bring Home Second in Nationals

The results are in!   Eight California MESA students claimed second place in the National Engineering Design Competition.    Both... View Article

MESA teachers headed to comp sci conference

Computer science teachers from across the country will converge on San Diego next month for the CTSA annual conference.    And... View Article

From Mechanic to Mechanical Engineer

Last year 8th grader Ernesto Castro wanted to be a mechanic when he grew up.   But after he attended... View Article

Los Banos, Costa Mesa Headed to Nationals

Two California teams rose to the top, making the best robotic prosthetic arm. Now they are headed to nationals to try... View Article

Engineering State Championship this Weekend

Engineering know-how can take MESA students big places — namely, this weekend’s prosthetic arm challenge state championship at UC Irvine.... View Article

The Power of Support

A record-breaking eight African-American women earned doctorates in education simultaneously this year at Indiana University.   Dubbed, the “Great Eight” the... View Article

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New web site features

We’ve recently launched some important additions to our website. Check it out:    MESA now has a section dedicated to... View Article

MESA transfer students meet UC president

Hartnell MESA students hosted a special guest this week to show off their transfer success.   University of California President... View Article

Google Grant Bolsters MESA’s CS Work

  Google named MESA a 2016 RISE Award recipient for providing STEM education access to underserved populations.   Each year,... View Article

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Competition Season Kicks Off

While Americans across the nation are contributing to lower productivity, office bracket pools and business-hours basketball viewing, MESA has a... View Article

It’s time to reinvest in degree completion

Each year during National Engineers Week we celebrate how engineers make a difference, but California is increasingly strapped for highly... View Article

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SanDisk teams up with MESA

As National Mentoring Month comes to a close, a new collaboration will connect even more industry mentors with MESA students pursuing STEM... View Article

Coding reaches more students thanks to NVIDIA

More than 200 MESA teachers and 1,000 students across the state will boost their coding know-how through a $25,000 NVIDIA... View Article

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Hello I must be going…

After twenty years with MESA, the last nine as Executive Director, I am retiring. At such a time one cannot... View Article

The Importance of Digital Literacy

  Last week, California lawmakers and business leaders called for computer science in high schools to be upgraded from an... View Article

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Make an Impact on Future Engineers

We all know all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   The two deal-getting days are well known. But another... View Article

A Life of Service Exalted

Mary Perry Smith lived a life of service to students and the community, and her influence was apparent in the... View Article

Passion for science, nurtured by MESA

— By James Hale   Ryan Calloway’s affable nature belies a story of determination and persistence that has carried him... View Article

Leading California in STEM diversity

As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in California, MESA has a strong presence in this... View Article

Success in Silicon Valley

Mix more than 200 undergraduate MESA students  in Silicon Valley with dozens of industry professionals and the result is electric.    During... View Article

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Leadership, Networking in Silicon Valley

Building strong leadership skills among STEM students is a key tenant of MESA’s method. MESA provides students all along the... View Article

Partner spotlight: Cisco

A key part to MESA’s success lies in the program’s long history of strong industry partnerships.   Recently, Cisco Systems,... View Article

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MESA hero, mother passes away

The MESA family has lost an early pioneer of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education realm with the... View Article

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Coding takes biomedical engineering competition to next level

Let’s face it: We all want to code.  From President Obama to Will.i.am everyone is on a coding kick.  ... View Article

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National Engineering Competition Winners Honored

MESA’s National Engineering Design Competition champions, Azucena Castro and Jennifer Barrientos, were given star treatment at the California state capital... View Article

MESA tapped as STEM authority

MESA Executive Director Dr. Oscar Porter will be an expert panelist during the fourth annual U.S. News STEM Solutions conference... View Article

All-female Compton team wins big

Years of hands-on learning paid off for Dominguez High School graduates Azucena Castro and Jennifer Barrientos when they were named... View Article

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Hands-on STEM success

Hands-on learning and project-based learning have become buzz terms in the STEM education world recently. But MESA students have been... View Article

California’s future leaders

During a day and a half, students learned how laws are formed, how to advocate for an organization, how to... View Article

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Project-based learning is MESA’s specialty

Most middle and high schools are well under way in the second half of the school year and for MESA... View Article

Tackling Workforce Diversity

Recently some Silicon Valley corporations released their diversity numbers and there is no time like the present to address this... View Article

Mentor with MESA

We’re starting off 2015 with an eye to mentoring.   January is National Mentoring Month. And for good reason –... View Article

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The importance of afterschool programs

California was recently named the top state in the country at providing top-quality afterschool programs. According to the Afterschool Alliance... View Article

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Leadership at its best

Sure there’s reading, writing and arithmetic. But what about communications, leadership and networking? Not as catchy, but just as important.... View Article

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What is MESA?

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is hot topic these days. Everyone from President Obama to Grammy-winner will.i.am are... View Article

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Welcome to MESA!

Welcome to the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement blog. Our blog is a forum to share trends in STEM education, higher... View Article