MESA Day is a huge day for our students and teachers, it is a culmination of all the hard work they have put into the challenge(s) they have been working towards in their classes, during lunch, and after school. Not all students come to compete. Many, come to partake in the Non-Prized STEM demos and hands-on activities that we offer. In all, it is a whole day dedicated to enjoying STEM activities with their peers, teachers, and volunteers.
Volunteers can participate in many ways, including: judge competitions, lead STEM demos & hands-on activities, and help out with logistics. There are also different days and time slots to volunteer.
Competition Judge: Groups of students will present to a group of judges about their Prosthetic Arm 2.0 Arduino or Apps Simulation Projects. Judges will score them based on a rubric, give constructive feedback to student groups, and help decide the winners.
Lead STEM demos/hands-on activities: In groups, volunteers will help in doing demonstrations or guide students through a hands-on activity (Instructions will be provided).
Logistics/Help: Assist in setting up/cleaning up, guiding groups of students, signing in volunteers and students, taking pictures and/or video, picking up score sheets, scorekeeping, serving lunch and snacks, and anything else that is part of logistics.
Technical Paper Reviewer: A few days before the main competition, MESA Day, competitors turn in their essays, where they explain the process of how they engineered their projects. Volunteers will use rubrics to score the essays and help in decide the winners. *Pre-Event
Volunteer Captain: Is in charge of a station (that can be a judging team, a Lead STEM Demo/Activity team, Logistics Lead Team, or Technical Paper Lead) and commits to a training prior to MESA Day.
Teachers & Students
This is 2016-2017 Competition: Arduino Prosthetic Arm. Our winners were from Ingraham High School and Hazel Wolf K-8. Next year’s competition will be a water and Arduino engineering design project.
(First Draft) (Link)