New Mexico MESA

New Mexico MESA

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Wednesday, April 17th 2019 CI: MD 4.17.2019 prep page

Food System Elements


OVERVIEW:  All NM MESA schools are invited to participate in our MESA Day.

STATE WEBSITE: MESA Day 2019 webpage

MESA Day Track-Teams will compete in four events:

  • Prepared Design- Fly Over Operational Delivery System
  • On-Site Science- Eatery Science Escape
  • On-site Math- Farmers Math: A sum of the Real Dirty Work!
  • On-Site Engineering-Bring Your Own Junk: Let’s Get Mobile!
  • MESA USA Track-Team will compete in National Engineering Design Competition Qualifier as follows:
    1. Technical Interview
    2. Academic Poster
    3. Project Report
    4. Prototype Pitch

ATTENDANCE & QUALIFICATION:  Please use the table below to determine the number of teams your school can bring.

MESA Day Track
20 – 49 profiles
Max number of teams = 1
50+ profiles
Max number of teams = 2
20+ profiles
Max number of teams = 2


  • MESA USA track interest form: due to Anita Gonzales by November 19, 2018
  • MESA USA track early phase project form: February 1, 2019
  • MESA Day team final registration & MESA USA event materials deadline: March 20, 2019
  • MESA Day state competition: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    • teams must bring: 1) a working catapult, and 2) a crate o’ junk

Please click the following resources to help our MESA educators, students, families and campuses learn more about FOOD in New Mexico and beyond!

  1. Farm to Table and Beyond: Helping Students Make Sense of the Global Food System (NSTA, Science Scope, Summer 2008)
  2. The Biology of Food (NSTA, The Science Teacher, October 2004)
  3. Wild Friends’ Pollinator Friendly Plant Guide (2017)
  4. Nutrients for Life: curriculum & free posters
  5. Learn, Garden & Reflect with Cornell Garden-based Learning: Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  6. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; recommend to search by theme.
  7. Remember Science Buddies?  Revisit their Science Careers pathways and find links to FOOD!
  8. National Ag in the Classroom Teacher Center & A look at NM Agriculture (July, 2016)
  9. A Better Way of Farming: building an aquaponics system in the classroom (NSTA, The Science Teacher, October 2018)
  10. Institute of Food Technologists: feeding the minds that feed the world
  11. USDA: National Institute of Food & Agriculture
  12. Gourmet Lab: the scientific principles behind your favorite food (NSTA press, 2011)
  13. Target Practice: build a catapult with Fetch!
  14. PBS learning media: Food Miles (3:22)
  15. PBS learning media: Food is Fuel (4:11)

NSTA = National Science Teachers Foundation
** The NM MESA, Inc., Annual Statewide Math and Science “MESA DAY” is designed to encourage the concept of problem solving through teamwork.  It salutes NM MESA students for their commitment to academic excellence and reinforces the NM MESA mission of preparing students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups for college majors and careers in math, engineering and science. In keeping with our mission, advisors are encouraged to assemble teams that are representative of the ethnic and gender diversity of their school and MESA enrollment.


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