MESA Day

This annual event at the UC Santa Cruz Jack Baskin School of Engineering brings hundreds of students to campus to compete against their peers in a variety of STEM events, from balsawood bridges and model-bisected hearts to speeches and team math quest.  Working with MESA advisors and industry volunteers, students work throughout the academic year on curricula and hands-on projects that reinforce California State Math and Science Standards and support college preparation.

The 2017 MESA Day Preliminary contest will be held on Saturday, March 4th. The MESA Day Regional contest has tentatively been scheduled on Saturday, April 22nd and will also be hosted by UC Santa Cruz. 

Below are the grade specific competitions that will take place during the 2016-17 MESA Day competition. Follow the link for each competition for official rules.  Please note that while different grade levels may compete in the same competition, each grade level will have its own unique set of rules and curricula. Disqualifications will be awarded to those participants who do not follow their grade specific competition rules.

Middle School Competitions
6th-8th Grades

Alice Cyber Challenge
Balsawood Glider
Egg Xpress - Packaged Eggdrop
Model Science - GI Physiology
Mousetrap Car - Speed
National Engineering Design Challenge - Prosthetic Arm Rules
National Engineering Design Challenge - Resource Document
Robotics: Tug O' War
Rube Goldberg (Pilot)
Solo Math (8th Grade ONLY)
Speak Up 
Stick Together
Team Math Quest (6-7th Grades ONLY)
Wright Turn Glider (Pilot)

High School Competitions
9th-12th Grades

Agroecology & Bio-Control
Balsawood Airplane
Civil Structures
Egg Xpress- Packaged Eggdrop
Greenfoot
Model Science - The Heart
Mousetrap Car - Power
National Engineering Design Challenge - Prosthetic Arm Rules
National Engineering Design Challenge - Resource Document
Robotics-Sumo Wrestling
Rube Goldberg (Pilot)
Solo Math (9th-11th Grades ONLY)
Speak Out
Team Math Quest (12th Grade ONLY)
Wright Turn Glider (Pilot)