County middle and high school teams compete in MESA

County middle and high school teams compete in MESA


Twelve Charles County Public Schools teams placed in the secondary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 28 at North Point High School. Student teams competed in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science.

General Smallwood 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 Lackey and Smallwood advance to the state competition on May 7 at John Hopkins University. 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 school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner.

Middle school teams compete in four competitions: Prosthetic Arm Challenge, Bass wood Bridge Design, Effective Communications and Alice Game Challenge. The high school teams also compete in four competitions: Prosthetic Arm Challenge, Bass wood Bridge Design, Effective Communication and Python Virtual Robot Challenge.

The following teams placed at the middle school level:

Prosthetic Arm Challenge:

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

Bass wood Bridge Design:

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

Effective Communications:

  • Hanson, first place;
  • Smallwood, second place; and
  • Milton M. Somers, third place.

Alice Game Challenge:

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

The following teams placed at the high school level:

Prosthetic Arm Challenge:

  • Lackey, first place; and
  • Westlake, second place

Bass wood Bridge Design:

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

Effective Communication:

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

Python Virtual Robot Challenge:

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

This is the sixth year Charles County Public Schools has competed as a separate Maryland MESA region, due to growth of participation in the program. Maryland MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.

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.

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