What is MESA?
The purpose of MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) is to increase the number of ethnic minority and all female students who pursue coursework, advanced study and possible careers in mathematics, engineering, and science areas. Students in MESA attend field trips and after-school meetings that consist of fun educational activities, competitions, and industry and academic guest speakers. These are designed to inform and motivate students about the countless opportunities that exist in these areas. They also serve to bolster their confidence in these areas of study and encourage the use of team work and problem solving skills. Students in MESA receive academic counseling and guidance on the courses they should be taking and the grades they should be attaining in order to gain admission to college and pursue degrees and/or careers in math, engineering, and science.
At Salt Lake City School District, we have nine of our schools participating in MESA. Our advisors work hard to plan meaningful activities for the students, including engaging academic and business guest speakers and field trips. This year our MESA clubs will be focusing on academic achievement. We will be working with our students to set, monitor, and realize academic goals. We will also help them to understand the academic requirements for admission into college, including those specific to pursuing degrees, and subsequently careers, in math, engineering, and science fields.