Competitions

MESA Day

Advisors guide students through competitions during the school year and students have the opportunity to compete against other teams at annual events, including the MESA Day Preliminaries hosted by MESA Centers, and North and South MESA Regionals competitions. These are enriching experiences for students, advisors, and parents that highlight the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and ingenuity. A full list of the middle and high school competitions are provided below.

2021 MESA Week - Competitions

Due to COVID-19, all of the following competitions will be held virtually.


2020 MESA Day competitions and competition links/descriptions for Middle Schools

Middle School

Competition Description
Math Escape Challenge

Students will solve a series of challenging performance and/or problem-based real-world problems using math skills and techniques to "escape" the quickest.

MESA Machine Students will design and construct a machine that will launch a ball to land the closest distance to a target in the greatest amount of time.
Stick Together Students will use math and science to implement engineering concepts in the design and construction of a model bridge from their own plans that will carry a maximum load while using as few craft sticks as possible; stressing neatness, craftsmanship, and creativity.
MESA Think Tank

Teams will pitch an innovative STEM Competition to MESA staff/judges that can be piloted in the next MESA Day Competition.

Scratch It Up!

Teams will design and create an interactive video game using Scratch to demonstrate knowledge of core programming principles within the designated time limit.

2020 MESA Day competitions and competition links/descriptions for High Schools

High School

Competition Description
Civil Structures Students will design and construct a model balsa wood bridge from their own plans that will carry a maximum load while using as little wood as possible, stressing neatness, craftsmanship, and creativity.
Math Escape Challenge

Students will solve a series of challenging performance and/or problem-based real-world problems using math skills and techniques to "escape" the quickest.

MESA Machine Students will design and construct a machine that will launch a ball to land the closest distance to a target in the greatest amount of time.
Coding Solutions Students will demonstrate their knowledge of introductory computer programming principles using Python 3.
MESA Think Tank Teams will pitch an innovative STEM Competition to MESA staff/judges that can be piloted in the next MESA Day Competition.