Chapman University hosted the regional Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Day for high school students to compete in challenges and competitions relating to the disciplines last weekend on April 14.
The competitions are designed to test their understanding of math, engineering and science concepts through hands-on activities such as web design for wind energy machines and bridge building.
Winners from the ‘Wind Energy Challenge’ will advance to compete at the statewide championship in May where they could eventually move on to represent California in a national competition in June. Students competed in previous contests in order to qualify for the regional MESA Day at Chapman.
MESA is an academic preparation program for educationally disadvantaged students to encourage them to stay in school and achieve academic success beyond high school—which could lead to a future career in such fields.
By hosting the events at college campuses, the organization hopes to expose students to a college setting early on in their education. Nearly two-thirds of MESA graduates end up majoring in math, science or engineering at the college level.
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