MESA provides students with the essential skills and resources to achieve success in school, career, life and STEM-related disciplines. MESA welcomes all students and actively recruits ethnic minorities and females as they are often underrepresented in STEM fields such as computer science and engineering. MESA mobilizes and aligns the resources of diverse educational institutions, industry and other partners to create and implement an integrated program that maximizes impact and outcomes.
As part of the district's yearly Equity Celebration, MESA participates with a booth offering information to interested students and parents and hands-on activities for guests. This year, advisors Trisha Glenn, Kathy Johnson, Bethany Carlton, and Emily Tanner all helped out. We had a Krypto table and a bubble making table -- these were not your ordinary bubbles though. Students built three dimensional shapes that when dipped into the bubble solution resulted in "tensile" bubbles. These were a hit!
MESA field trips provide students with opportunities to attend conferences and festivals, to participate in competitions, to visit university campuses, and to tour STEM related industries.
Some of the favorite locations are
- The STEM Action Center's STEM Festival
- STEM at BYU
- SheTech Explorer Day
- the engineering department at local universities
- USU Innovation Campus
- The Leonardo
- The Living Planet Aquarium
A favorite each year for high school students is the Northern Utah STEM EXPO. At the EXPO, students interact with experts in three career pathways and then browse the EXPO Hall where they can network with local companies and industries as well as local schools and universities.
Mountain High School has developed a very popular and successful MESA program under the leadership of advisor Kristina Yamada. Below are glimpses of just a few of the fun yet educational experiences the students from Mountain High enjoyed at the 2017 and the 2018 EXPO.
Holt Elementary Visits Cornerstone Aviation
As part of their study of aeronautics, Holt students were treated to a visit to the Ogden airport and to a flight school there. Students learned about careers in aviation and the use of flight simulators in pilot training programs.
West Point Junior High Goes Green
For the Davis Goes Green field trip, West Point Junior High MESA students visited three locations: the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, and the South Davis Sewer District. Each location plays an important role in water management and conservation efforts in Davis County.