Science and Technology

Stagg Students Named Engineering National Champs

by Patrick Giblin

Pacific MESA director Maria Garcia-Sheets (center) with the team members of the Stagg High School MESA Team. The team was named national champions in engineering.

Jun 26, 2012
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A team of Stagg High School students have emerged as National champions of a competitive engineering contest held this past weekend in Washington.

After months of designing, creating and competing, the Stagg MESA students were named the top high school team of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) National Engineering Design Competition. The four-student team came out on top by designing the best wind energy device.

The group beat out student teams from other states during the contest, held June 22-24 at the Boeing Assembly Facility in Renton, WA. The students previously bested thousands other California MESA students at preliminary and regional competitions, to triumph at the California championship in May.

The wind energy design competition falls in line with MESA's goal to stay current with science, engineering and technology trends. The project teaches students to understand design principles such as torque, generating and storing wind energy as well as how to think like environmental scientists.

The team members are 10th grader Brooklyn Omstead, 11th graders, Sean Fergusan and Emily Cornelison and 12th grader Julian De Los Santos. They are lead by MESA advisor Andrew Walter. Stagg students are served by the MESA center housed at University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science. Sixty-eight percent of Stagg students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.

The wind energy project is part of MESA Days, a yearly showcase of students' math and science know-how. Through MESA and MESA Day competitions, students can explore future careers in science, engineering and other technical fields.

MESA is an academic preparation program that serves more than 21,000 California pre-college, community college and university students who are educationally disadvantaged.

Seventy-four percent of MESA high school students go to college after graduation compared to 41 percent of all California students. Sixty percent of MESA high school graduates go on to college as math, engineering or science majors.

For more information about the students, contact Pacific MESA director Maria Garcia-Sheets at msheets@pacific.edu or 209-946-3057. For more information about MESA visit mesa.ucop.edu, or see the fact sheet about Pacific's MESA program.

 
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