The mission of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program is to provide educationally and economically disadvantaged students opportunities to engage with STEM fields in ways that inspire them and to support them in their higher education and career goals.
Established in 1970
The statewide California MESA program was started in 1970 and has since grown to a number of other states. Through their 19 6th-12th grade programs, 40 community college programs and 13 university-level programs (including Pacific MEP) MESA serves more than 25,000 under-served students each year.
How we work
The 6th through 12th grade MESA Schools Program engages student interest in STEM primarily through project-based team competitions and events, field trips, and short courses. MESA teams are based at school sites and are guided by a teacher that serves as the MESA Advisor. MESA students meet together at least once a week either as a club, after school program or daily elective to work together on their projects and other activities. The biggest event of the year is Pacific MESA Day, which usually takes place in early March. This event brings approximately 650 students to Pacific to participate in a number of different competitions including gliders, bridges, prosthetic arm and others. Other key MESA activities include:
- College preparation including college tours, panels and activities
- Individual academic planning support
- Industry involvement in activities and strategic planning
- University engagement with students through faculty, staff and students
- Mentorship through Pacific college student liaisons that visit each MESA classroom every other week
- Professional development for teachers
- Leadership training for students
- Networks of parents, educators, industry leaders and community resources to support students
To learn more about our statewide program please visit: https://mesa.ucop.edu/