About 600 students from 22 San Joaquin Valley schools will participate in the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program Saturday Academy 8:15 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at California State University, Fresno.

Students in grades 6-12 will participate in activities designed to stimulate their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. There will be hands-on activities involving robotics, mechatronics, earthquake engineering, hot air balloons, hydraulics and lasers.

High school students also will attend presentations on college admissions, while middle school students will take part in leadership training during the academy, presented as part of Fresno State’s participation in National Engineering Week.

“The academies are designed to introduce students to projects that they may not see in their regular classrooms and to get them excited about the STEM fields,” said Louie Lopez, director of Fresno State’s MESA.

MESA hosts four Saturday academies each school year with support from California MESA, the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State and numerous student organizations whose members volunteer as college mentors at the events. Saturday’s is the last of this school year.

Fresno State’s MESA has been serving students in the Valley since 1980. California MESA – part of a national precollege program — celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

For more information on Fresno State MESA, contact Lopez or Kristin McCoy at 559.278.2976 or lolopez@csufresno.edu or krmccoy@csufresno.edu.

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