North Point, Somers teams named overall MESA winners

North Point, Somers teams named overall MESA winners


Teams from 11 Charles County Public middle and high schools placed in the secondary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 30 at North Point High School. Student teams compete in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science.

Milton M. Somers Middle School was named the overall middle school winner and North Point was named the overall high school winner. 

First-, second- and third-place teams in each challenge receive awards and one overall middle and high school winner is chosen. The middle and high school teams that earn the most points throughout the competition are chosen as the overall winners.

As the overall winning schools, teams from Somers and North Point advance to the state competition scheduled for May 18 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel.

Additionally, teams from General Smallwood Middle and Henry E. Lackey High schools advance to the state event as first-place winners at their respective levels in the Prosthetic Arm challenge. Winners in the Prosthetic Arm challenge at the state level advance to the national competition later this summer.

Middle school teams compete in four challenges: Interactive Game Design with ALICE, Hovercraft, Bass Wood Bridge and Prosthetic Arm. The high school teams also compete in four competitions: PYTHON Cyber Robot Challenge, Battleball Robot, Wood Bridge and Prosthetic Arm. 

The following teams placed at the middle school level:

Interactive Game Design with ALICE:

  • Somers, first place;
  • Matthew Henson School, second place; and
  • Piccowaxen Middle School, third place.

Hovercraft:

  • Henson, first place;
  • Somers, second place; and
  • Piccowaxen, third place.

Wood Bridge:

  • Somers, first place;
  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School, second place; and
  • Mattawoman Middle School, third place.

Prosthetic Arm:

  • Smallwood, first place;
  • Henson, second place; and
  • Somers, third place.

The following teams placed at the high school level:

PYTHON Cyber Robot Challenge:

  • Lackey, first place;
  • La Plata High School, second place; and
  • St. Charles High School, third place.

Battleball Robot:

  • Lackey, first place;
  • North Point, second place; and
  • La Plata, third place.

Wood Bridge:

  • North Point, first place;
  • St. Charles, second place; and
  • La Plata, third place. 

Prosthetic Arm:

  • Lackey, first place.

Charles County Public Schools students compete as a separate Maryland MESA region due to a high level of participation. Maryland MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science and technology. The program’s goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians and related professionals at technical and management levels; and to serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields.

CCPS also held a MESA event for county elementary schools on March 31. The overall winner was Dr. James Craik Elementary School. This is the fourth consecutive year that Craik has been named the overall winner at the elementary level. The elementary results are available on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. More information about MESA is available at http://www.jhuapl.edu/mesa/home/default.asp.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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