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 2018 MESA Day Preliminary contest will be held on Saturday, March 3rd. The MESA Day Regional contest is being scheduled for April 2018 and will be hosted by UC Santa Barbara. 

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.

Middle School Competitions
6th-8th Grades

National Engineering Design Challenge


Stick Together

Prosthetic Arm

MESA Think Tank

Rube Goldberg

Wright Stuff Glider

 

Engineering Notebook

High School Competitions
9th-12th Grades

National Engineering Design Challenge


Civil Structures

Prosthetic Arm

MESA Think Tank

Rube Goldberg

Wright Turn Glider

 

Engineering Notebook