New Mexico MESA

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June 21-24, 2017 MESA USA National Competition 2017

The 1st Place Middle School and High School winning team from the New Mexico MESA Day Competition will represent New Mexico in the 2017 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition.  These teams must compete in all tasks listed below and as detailed in the official MESA USA National Handbook. This event is scheduled to occur June 21-24, 2017 and hosted by Pennsylvania MESA.

Competition Overview

MESA USA presents the engineering design competition specifications for the 2016-2017 year. The Prosthetic Arm Challenge 2.1 involves the development of a low-cost prosthetic device with integrated computer science components to complete a set of predefined tasks. High school and middle school teams selected to participate at the national event will compete in the three components below:

  • Performance – Teams will research, design, build, test and compete using a prosthesis designed to complete the following tasks:
    1. Distance Accuracy Task: greatest distance and accuracy achieved by throwing bean bags into the Target Zone in the fastest time.
    2. Object Relocation Task: fastest time achieved by placing objects into and removing objects from the specified container.
    3. Dexterity Task: greatest number of bolts and nuts correctly placed and secured onto the testing device in the fastest time.
    4. Design efficiency: greatest ratio of device performance to device mass plus greatest ratio of device performance to total cost of materials.

Middle school teams will compete in tasks “a”, “b” and “d”. High school teams will compete in tasks “a”, “b”, “c”, and “d”.

  • Technical Paper – Teams will submit a 5-15 page technical paper which examines all aspects of their design process, all major design choices and related STEM concepts.
  • Academic Poster Presentation – Teams will present academic posters to a panel of judges and will then respond to judges’ questions. The posters should include items such as data (e.g., charts, tables and graphs), photographs, drawings, other ideas, and any necessary written explanations which help to explain their final design’s features and quality, including incorporation of Arduino programming and components.

Each competing team must consist of 2-4 students who are active members of a MESA center program in a MESA USA state. Individual states should encourage their respective teams to participate in all performance components at the statewide level. Individual states will determine the dates and location of their respective events.

MESA USA Nationals Handbooks and Resources:


Also, in preparation for the upcoming MESA USA project, the 2016-2017 MESA USA Engineering Design Pilot Project is also released



Student teams will conduct a research project that uses at least one sensor with Arduino to collect data. Teams will then use the results of their project to implement the Engineering Design Process and develop an Arduino-based prototype of a product that addresses the chosen issue.


NM MESA Partners