Craik named top state elementary MESA school; teams from Hanson and Lackey to compete at the national level

Craik named top state elementary MESA school; teams from Hanson and Lackey to compete at the national level

Dr. James Craik Elementary School was named the state overall winner at the elementary-school level at the statewide Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held May 1 at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Teams from John Hanson Middle School and Henry E. Lackey High School also won first place in the Prosthetic Arm challenge, and earned a place to compete at the national competition next month.

Awards are given for first-, second-, and third-place teams and one overall state elementary, middle and high school winner is chosen. The school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner. Craik placed in all four of the elementary events: first place in the Balsawood Bridge challenge; first place in the SCRATCH – Computer Programming challenge; third place in the Effective Communications challenge; and third place in the Storybook Theme Park Ride challenge.

Hanson’s team won first place in the Prosthetic Arm challenge, making the school the overall statewide winner in that challenge at the middle school level. First-place winners at the state level in the Prosthetic Arm Challenge advance to the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition, scheduled for June 20-22 in Portland, Oregon.

Lackey’s team won first place in the Prosthetic Arm challenge at the high-school level, and was named the overall statewide winner in that challenge among competing high school teams. They also advance to the national event next month.

At the high-school level, Lackey also earned second place in the Basswood Bridge challenge. Piccowaxen Middle School also competed at the state level and earned a second-place award in the Basswood Bridge challenge among competing middle schools.

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.

For more information on Maryland MESA, visit

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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