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 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 2019 MESA Day Preliminary contest will be held on Saturday, March 3rd. The MESA Day Regional contest is being scheduled for April (TBD), 2019 and will be hosted by Google. 

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 2018-19 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. 

*Note: Not all 2018-19 Rules have been finalized*

Universal Competitions
6th-12th Grades

National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC)-- COMING SOON!!

Engineering Lab Book-- COMING SOON!!


Middle School Competitions
6th-8th Grades

Stick Together

Wright Stuff Glider-- COMING SOON!!

Prosthetic Arm

MESA Machine: Ball Launch

MESA Tank

PILOT: Escape Room Math Challenge-- COMING SOON!!

PILOT: Ultimate Disc


High School Competitions
9th-12th Grades

 Civil Structures.

Wright Turn Glider-- COMING SOON!!

Prosthetic Arm

The MESA Machine: Ball Launch

MESA Tank

PILOT: Escape Room Math Challenge-- COMING SOON!!

PILOT: Ultimate Disc