High school and middle school students will compete Saturday, May 12, in the 2007 California Statewide MESA Championships for Multitask Trebuchet Competitions at California State University, Fresno.

About 40 students are expected for the event, hosted by the Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and the College of Engineering at Fresno State. The competition begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. in the South Gym (5275 N. Campus Dr.). Parking will be free in Lots K and L on Barstow Avenue and Campus Drive.

Participants will be pre-qualifying for the MESA National Engineering Design Competition scheduled June 21-23 in Baltimore, Md.

The event is comprised of an oral presentation, technical paper, academic display and device performance tasks. Eight teams of up to four students will compete for two spots that advance to the national competition.

MESA, created in 1970, is a national program that enables educationally disadvantaged students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year college or university with a math-based degree in areas such as engineering, the sciences, computer science, and mathematics.

For more information, contact Louie Lopez, director of MESA school programs, at 559.278.2976.