Pre-College Outreach Programs

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MESA Schools Program: Offers pre-college students college and career exploration in the STEM fields. Events are sponsored at universities across Southern California and partner with industries such as Boeing, JPL, and Department of Water and Power. The events feature activities and workshops geared towards preparing high school students for college and career success. Students are informed about college admission procedures, financial aid options, and campus life. Hands-on activities give students a chance to learn about higher education and careers, and interact with college student and professional mentors. Activities include building off-road solar cars, vibration robots, card bridges, and more.

During preliminary MESA Day, middle and high school students compete on hands-on MESA day projects while competing to advance to the regional, state, and national levels. The day begins with STEM activities, followed by participation in MESA projects such as Wright Stuff Glider, civil structures, and the National Engineering Design Challenge. At the end of the competition, students are awarded with medals and/or ribbons for innovative design, accuracy, efficiency, report-writing skills, and more. The top three winners of every project advance to Southern Cal MESA Day, a competition that involves all of the MESA Centers within Southern California.

MESA Day is a festival of learning, discovery, competitions, activities, and fun events that encourage camaraderie and spark interest in careers related to the fields of Math, Science, and Engineering. The event for participating schools is an opportunity for students to compete for awards at local and regional levels. Rules and curricula for these events are grade-specific and reinforce the California State Board of Education Math and Science standards.

At the end of the academic year, parents, outstanding middle and high students, and graduating high school seniors are invited to Cal State LA for an awards banquet honoring outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and most improved. In addition to trophies, medals and certificates, graduating seniors are also awarded a MESA sash to commemorate their hard work and dedication in completing calculus and physics in preparation to pursue a STEM degree. 

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LAunchPad is a two week summer program where we will introduce you to a few of the exciting ways that engineers and computer scientists can make the world a better place. You’ll learn about computing and data science, how to make your cell phone control a robot, and how to test and keep clean the air we breathe and the water we drink.