What is MESA Day?

MESA Day is the day our students have been preparing for all year. Each March all our students take a field trip to our Campus (Pacific Lutheran University) and spend the day competing in the projects they have prepared in class.

When is Mesa Day?

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Pacific Lutheran University

MESA Day Activities

ActivityDescriptionElementary Middle SchoolHigh School
BridgeImplement engineering concepts in the design and construction of a model bridge while using as few craft sticks as possible.

X

X

X

Car
(Rubber Band)
Students will build a vehicle, powered by rubber bands and designed to travel as far as possible.

X

Car
(Mouse Trap)
Students will build ONE vehicle, powered by a single, standard sized mousetrap, designed to go the furthest distance.

X

X

TowerBuild the tallest free-standing tower possible from drinking straws and masking tape.

X

X

X

GliderStudents will design and construct a glider which will fly the farthest distance before hitting the floor or stopping on another object.

X

X

X

BoxStudents will use a pre-filled box of random items and materials to build a mechanism that will move an object the furthest distance possible.

X

X

X

Arduino STEM Solution
*
**

^
Students will implement the Human-Centered Design approach to find a client in their community who has a need, design a solution for this need using the Arduino, and present the solution and recommendation(s) for next steps.

X

X

Computer Simulation Challenge
*
^

Students will use Scratch, the visual programming platform from MIT, to engage in simulations applying Mathematics and Science concepts.

X

X

Key
(*) Washington MESA Competition
(**) National MESA Competition
(^) Academic Display Board, Technical Paper, and Oral Presentation are also mandatory.

Competition Rules

Elementary (K-5)

No events

Middle School (6-8) & High School (9-12)
Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8) & High School (9-12)
Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8) & High School (9-12)
Elementary (K-5)
Middle School (6-8)
High School (9-12)
Elementary (K-5)

No events

Middle School (6-8) & High School (9-12)
Elementary (K-5)
Middle School (6-8)

No events

High School (9-12)

No events

Elementary (K-5) & Middle School (6-8)
High School (9-12)