More than 700 educationally disadvantaged students from middle and senior high schools in the northern California region will drop eggs from tall buildings, race miniature cars built from mousetraps, fly gliders across the sky and compete in other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused activities on Saturday, April 30 at Sonoma State University.
Events will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the Rohnert Park campus. More than twenty events will be conducted throughout the day. This will be the first time in MESA's 41 years that Sonoma County welcomes the larger, regional MESA Day. All three MESA centers in Sonoma County are collaborating in this unprecedented event. The State Legislature will award commendations for the MESA programs at SRJC and SSU in opening ceremonies.
An official campus welcome is set for 9 a.m. in the gym. The event concludes at the same location with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. University and junior college faculty, students and staff will join alumni, industry and community volunteers to serve as event judges. Overall attendance is estimated to top 800 people.
Students have earned the opportunity to participate in this regional round of competitions through their winning placement at similar preliminary events in their communities.
MESA Day is the culmination of students' year-long efforts. Working with their MESA Advisors, typically math and science teachers, students follow curriculum uniquely designed to reinforce California educational standards.
MESA Day projects and activities focus on a variety of math, science and technology topics; differ by grade level; include progressively challenging thematic strands; and provide for individual and team-based participation that is both educational and fun.
The Northern California MESA Region is comprised of MESA Centers at CSU, Chico; CSU, East Bay; Sacramento State University/UC Davis; San Jose State University; University of the Pacific; Santa Rosa Junior College; Dominican College; Sonoma State University; and sites in Mendocino, Modoc and Shasta Counties.
A description of MESA at SSU can be found at http://mesa.sonoma.edu/.
For a look at a Comcast Newsmakers video of Lynn Stauffer, Dean of the School of Science and Technology, discussing the event and its importance, visit http://mesa.sonoma.edu/MESADay2011.shtml.