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 related events, from balsawood bridges and gliders to presentations and video game design. 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 2018 MESA Day Preliminary contest will be held on Saturday, March 3rd. The MESA Day Regional contest is being scheduled for April 21st, 2018 and will be hosted by UC Santa Barbara. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 MESA Day preliminary competition. Please fill out the following google form.

Below are the grade specific competitions that will take place during the 2017-18 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. 

Universal Competitions
6th-12th Grades

National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC)

Engineering Notebook

Middle School Competitions
6th-8th Grades

Stick Together

Prosthetic Arm

MESA Think Tank

The MESA Machine: Ball Launch

Wright Stuff Glider

Robotics Sumo

Interactive Game Design with Alice

High School Competitions
9th-12th Grades

Civil Structures

Prosthetic Arm

MESA Think Tank

The MESA Machine: Ball Launch

Wright Turn Glider

Robotics: RoboRide

Green Foot- Year 1

Green Foot- Year 2