Congratulations to AESD’s Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) teams as they did an outstanding job at the largest ever state competition held at Arizona State University on Saturday, April 23. Thirty-eight different middle schools and over 1000 middle school students competed in this event. As a District, we received 56% of first place awards (5 of 9), an increase from last year’s feat of 44%. We were also represented twelve (8 last year) different times in events that were awarded third, second, or first places. Overall, our schools were recognized twenty-one (20 last year) different times for our students’ efforts with Montebello earning the First Place trophy for total points scored across all entered events.
Designer of the Day
– (3rd Place – Sevilla West) / (6th Place – Montebello)
QESST Solar Car
– (2nd Place – Montebello) / (5th Place – Andalucia Middle School)
On-Site Challenge using Engineering Process
– (1st Place – Montebello) / (3rd Place – Granada East)
– (1st Place – Granada East) / (3rd Place - Montebello) / (5th Place - Cordova Middle School / (6th Place – Catalina)
– Problem Solving in the Community (1st Place - Montebello)
– (4thPlace – Simpson)
– (2nd Place – Alhambra Traditional School) / (4th Place – Montebello)
Duct Tape Survival Challenge
– (1st Place – Simpson) / (3rd Place – Sevilla West) / (5th Place – Montebello)
– (1st Place – Montebello) / (3rd Place – Sevilla West) / (5th Place – Cordova Middle School)
– (1st Place – Montebello) / (4th Place - Sevilla West) / (9th Place - Cordova Middle) / (16th Place - Granada East) / (19th Place - Simpson) / (22nd Place - Alhambra Traditional) / (26th Place - Andalucia Middle) / (26th Place - Catalina)
Congratulations to Montebello students and MESA coaches Mr. Kelby Milgrim and Ms. Ramos for their third consecutive first place finish in the National/State competition for building an award-winning prosthetic arm. In order to place first in this competition, numerous steps had to be done with significant skill. First, students had to open and close their hand, using Arduino computer programming to operate two artificial fingers. They then had to use their arm in competition to throw beanbags into marked areas placed at varying distances, showing the arm’s strength and range of motion. They then had to lift a variety of objects and take those objects in and out of a crate, showing the arms operator’s level of precision. Next, students had to turn in a technical paper that was supported by their research, their diagrams, a budget with corresponding receipts, and their engineering notes. Students then had to make and display the process for creating their prosthetic arm and closed the presentation with a presentation made to the judges.
With the win, the Montebello team secured an opportunity to again represent all Arizona middle school MESA teams with a spot in the National Engineering Design Competition, held in Ogden, Utah in June. Another great job and fine representation of Alhambra’s STEM programs!