Opportunities for MESA students

MESA first generation summer camp

Two students work on a gumdrop structure at MESA camp

Each summer, the College of Engineering and Northern Nevada MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) offer a free introductory engineering camp, available to students who will go on to be the first person in their family to attend college.

MESA First Generation camp consists of interactive science and engineering activities, tours, project building, information about attending college and a field trip.

Please note: MESA First Generation Camp is a competitive-entry camp. Interested students must submit an application, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, and a brief essay detailing their interest in STEM in order to be considered.

Camp eligibility

Ages 12-16

Must be a first-generation student. First-generation students come from a family where their biological parents did not complete a four-year college degree.

Apply for the MESA Camp

MESA day competition

Two students at MESA Day

MESA Day is an annual engineering, math and science competition that is held in each MESA state.

MESA Day provides an opportunity for each student to design and build projects, win medals, learn by doing, visit college campuses, and interact with each other.  In addition, students get to interact with diverse college students, professors and industry professionals.

View the competition rules

2019 competition dates

  • March 16th, 2019 at UC Davis

Punkin' Chunkin'

Students and advisors at the 2018 Punkin Chunkin

Every November the WCSD Signature Academies & CTE host the Punkin’ Chunkin’ Competition.

Students work together in small teams to build a catapult or trebuchet from scratch. The students are required to create a poster and present on the physics behind their chosen design.

After the poster session, each school has a chance to launch an 8-10 pound pumpkin into a field to achieve the furthest distance.

This competition is beneficial for students to engage as a group to build one object. Students must apply their knowledge in physics and engineering to successfully compete a catapult or trebuchet.

2019 competition date

  • November 3rd, 2019 at Andelin Farms