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MESA robotics academy helps Imperial Valley students perfect projects for upcoming competition
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:50 am
By KARINA LOPEZ, Staff Writer
Local high school and junior high students spent the first day of their Thanksgiving vacation fine-tuning and programming their robots in preparation of the 2014 MESA Robotics Challenge during a workshop at the program’s office here Monday.
Southern California middle school students take over IVC for MESA regional
Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:00 am
By KARINA LOPEZ Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer
IMPERIAL – Gliders, bridges and prosthetic arms were in the air and in use at the Southern California Junior Regional MESA Day competition at Imperial Valley College here Saturday.
Hundreds of middle-school students from the southern region of the state traveled to IVC with the hopes of seeing their respective projects place in the top three spots.
MESA, or Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement, aims to develop academic and leadership skills, raise educational expectations and instill confidence in the state’s students, according to its website.
IMPERIAL — Aside from the wealth of information they found on the Internet about prosthetic arms, Holtville Middle School eighth-grader Eli Romo also had access to one. Because of the help this physical aid provided, Eli and his fellow team members were able to design one they felt made them MESA Day contenders.
Although the team had to scrap three prior models, its fourth design was able to perform the required tasks during the competition to a satisfactory level.
“I actually feel confident,” the 13-year-old said.