MESA Saturday Academies begin Oct. 23 – observes 30th anniversary

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MESA Saturday Academies begin Oct. 23 – observes 30th anniversary

More than 600 students from 22 Valley schools are expected to participate in the first of four MESA Saturday Academies beginning Saturday, Oct. 23, at California State University, Fresno as the program observes its 30thanniversary on campus.

Hosted by the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program in the Lyles College of Engineering, the workshops will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in various department buildings located on the east side of the Fresno State campus. Lyles College co-sponsors the events.

Students in grades 6-12 will participate in a variety of math and science hands-on projects such as web design, building rockets and designing solar cars and propeller boats. Middle and high school students also will attend workshops and presentations on college exploration and admission.

The MESA Saturday Academies are designed to introduce students to academic experiences relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics outside of their classrooms. MESA is a national program that focuses on motivating disadvantaged students to pursue a career in engineering or other mathematics and science-based fields.

Fresno State MESA has been serving students in the Central San Joaquin Valley since 1980. Statewide, MESA celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The remaining MESA Saturday Academies will be Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Feb. 26.

For more information, contact Louie Lopez or Kristin McCoy at 559.278.2976,

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(Copy by University Communications news intern Christy Patron)