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?

March 2021 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.

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X

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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
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**

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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.

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X

Computer Simulation Challenge
*
^

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

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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)