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Middle school students put to the test

600 compete during MESA Day

4/17/2012
Middle school students compete during MESA Day

DENVER - They're still in middle school, but among the 600 students who gathered on the Denver Campus on April 13 are our future mathematicians, engineers, scientists and 'thinkers.'

Hosted by the CU College of Engineering and Applied Science, the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement) Day competition is an annual event designed to engage and encourage young students to explore fields under the umbrella of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The students who participate come from across the state to share and study new ideas. Throughout the day, the students had an opportunity to "showcase their engineering might" by competing in a wide array of STEM challenges. Events included Bio Bowl, Math Quest and a STEM spirit video challenge, as well as contests to build bridges, prosthetic arms, straw towers and wind-energy devices.
 
"All of the students did an excellent job," said Paul Rakowski, director of student services for the CU Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science. "I'm always impressed by the caliber of students this event draws and how excited they are to learn about STEM."
 
Rakowski was one of many people who volunteered their time to judge the various events.  

MESA's mission is to increase the numbers of economically disadvantaged and at risk students who graduate from high school fully prepared for post secondary education in engineering, mathematics, science, computer science, business, and other math- and science-based fields.

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