County middle and high school teams compete in MESA

County middle and high school teams compete in MESA


Eleven Charles County Public Schools teams placed in the secondary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 27 at North Point High School. Student teams competed in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science.

Piccowaxen Middle School was chosen as the overall middle school winner and Henry E. Lackey High School was chosen as the overall high school winner. MESA teams from Piccowaxen and Lackey advance to the state competition scheduled for May 1 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Additionally, a team from John Hanson Middle School advances to the state event as first-place winners in the Prosthetic Arm Challenge.

First-, second-, and third-place teams receive awards and one overall middle and high school winner is chosen. The middle and high school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner.

Middle school teams compete in four competitions: ALICE Interactive Game Design, Effective Communications, Basswood Bridge and Prosthetic Arm. The high school teams also compete in four competitions: PYTHON Cyber Robot Challenge, Effective Communications, Basswood Bridge and Prosthetic Arm.

The following teams placed at the middle school level:

ALICE Interactive Game Design:

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

Effective Communications:

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

Basswood Bridge:

  • Smallwood, first place;
  • Piccowaxen, second place; and
  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School, third place.

Prosthetic Arm:

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

The following teams placed at the high school level:

PYTHON Cyber Robot Challenge:

  • Lackey, first place;
  • Westlake High School, second place; and
  • Thomas Stone High School, third place.

Effective Communications:

  • La Plata High School, first place;
  • Westlake, second place; and
  • Maurice J. McDonough High School, third place.

Basswood Bridge:

  • North Point High School, first place; and
  • Lackey, second place.

Prosthetic Arm:

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

Charles County Public Schools competes as a separate Maryland MESA region. 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.

Charles County Public Schools also held a MESA event for county elementary schools on March 26. The overall winner was Dr. James Craik Elementary School. 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.

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 35 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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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