May 13, 2014
Danielle McNamara
 (510) 987-0230

Press Release


Four Stagg Senior High students are now high school state champions in the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Statewide Prosthetic Arm Engineering Design Challenge.


After months of designing, creating and competing, they beat out hundreds of other students throughout California. Seniors Dellanira Alcauter, Anthony Nichcols and Brooklyn Omstead and junior Gabriel Zuniga move on to the MESA National Engineering Design Competition June 19-22 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. They are led by MESA teachers Andrew Walter and Kathy Sady.


Stagg High is in the Stockton Unified School District. Stagg students are served by the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science MESA center. Seventy percent of Stagg students receive free or reduced lunch.


The competition requires a team of students to develop a prosthetic device to complete pre-defined tasks. The focus on bioengineering reflects MESA’s goal to involve students with the hottest science, engineering and technology areas. The project teaches students to understand design principles, implement problem-solving techniques and think like mechanical engineers.


The project is part of MESA Days, an annual showcase of students’ math and science know-how. Through MESA and MESA Day competitions, students can explore future careers in science, engineering and other technical fields.


MESA is one of the largest programs in California to support educationally disadvantaged students so they can graduate from college with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees. MESA provides academic support and enrichment to more than 18,000 K-12 students and more than 7,800 community college and 4-year college students each year. Most MESA students are economically disadvantaged, the first in their families to attend college and attend underperforming schools.


For more information about the Stagg students, contact University of the Pacific MESA Director Maria Garcia-Sheets at .


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