Maryland MESA Competition

May 31, 2015

mesaFour teams from Calvert County Public Schools students recently competed at the Maryland State MESA Competition that was held at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The competition consisted of fourteen teams from across Maryland, with four teams each at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Calvert High, Windy Hill Middle, Southern Middle, and Huntingtown Elementary represented Calvert County Public Schools.

MESA participants at each level are judged in four categories:
Elementary – Scratch, Effective Communications, Storybook Theme Park, and Wood Bridge.
Middle – Alice, Hovercraft, Wood Bridge, and Prosthetic Arm
High – Cyber Robot, IEEE, Wood Bridge, and Prosthetic Arm

The winners from Calvert County Public Schools are:

Calvert High School
1st place: Wood Bridge
2nd place: Prosthetic Arm

Windy Hill Middle School
2nd place: Alice Programming
3rd place: Wood Bridge

Huntingtown Elementary School
1st place: Effective Communications
1st place: Wood Bridge
2nd place: Scratch Programming
3rd place: Storybook Themepark Ride
Overall Elementary School Winner

Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) is a 3-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative. Maryland MESA seeks to target students who are traditionally underrepresented in these fields—specifically minority and female students.

Through participation in Maryland MESA, students develop academic and leadership skills, improve their academic performance, and gain confidence in their ability to compete professionally.

Photo courtesy of Calvert County Public Schools