High School Students to Compete in MESA Science Competit

Excellent visual opportunities are available. News media representatives must arrange to attend the competition at Agilent Technologies by contacting Liz Cox, 509/924-4001.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Exceptional ninth- and 10th-graders from Spokane schools will show off their brainpower and science projects at the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Science Competition on March 27-28. The Spokane MESA program is sponsored by Washington State University Spokane.

Agilent Technologies and Avista Corp. are competition co-sponsors. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Agilent Technologies, 24001 E. Mission in Liberty Lake.

MESA is designed to increase African-American, Hispanic, American Indian and women students in mathematics, engineering and science careers by providing educational enrichment and activities for students in grades 7-12. SAT workshops, field trips, speakers, competitions and classroom enrichment activities prepare students for university-level studies in various science- and technology-related fields.

High schools participating in the competition include Ferris, Lewis and Clark, North Central, Rogers and Shadle Park. About 300-400 students are involved in Spokane MESA each year.

For more information, contact Terrie Scott, Spokane MESA director, 509/358-7966, spokaneMESA@wsu.edu, or Aida Fraser-Hammer, high school program coordinator, 509/358-7968.