New Mexico MESA

New Mexico MESA

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All assigned dates beginning with Wednesday, December 4, 2015; 9-2pm North Rallies & Arduino Workshop Information

West Las Vegas HS students coding with Aduino

Rallies will have an event time of 3 hours. Transportation will be arranged by the Advisor and Regional coordinator if your school is REQUIRED to travel to a different location (school in your district) for your assigned Rally date.

Time: 9:00 AM -2:00 PM

10:00 AM -1:15 PM Event time (~3hrs)

Format: Competition style

All teams REQUIRED to bring an arm and be ready for inspection.

  • The following dates are assigned based on certain factors like traveling, number of teams, and readiness measured by performance during Arduino workshops. NOTE: Some dates are still Tentative
  • Advisors contact Regional Coordinator to arrange what school from your district will host the Rally. Will need a large working space for the assigned date (gym preferred). And 3 hours of working time.  Please email coordinator to arrange.
  • If your school has to travel please send B-4 form by 14 days before your rally date.


Description of Competition Stations:

  • Syntax Charades – Teams will break into two groups: ‘coders” and “computers”; coders will be given scripted coding challenges to create and program the computers; computers must successfully complete the matched action for a judge; each ‘line of code’ completed will have a point value assigned to it; code will include math challenges.
  • Environmental Careers – Students use team investigation to understand and perform related tasks and solve real world problems in various fields of Agriculture, Land Management, Natural Resources and Ecology at designated career stations. Logistics: student teams move among stations where student teams use career keywords & related vocabulary creatively, solve problems or experience physical challenges related to different career needs; correct answers or timed actions score points.
  • Sustainability Supermarket – Students work in groups to compare and contrast products based on environmentally literate citizenry. Products are categorized by three inputs: 1) social = perceived benefit to people and/or the environment 2) economic = cost and 3) environmental = biodegradability, recyclability, weight of waste.
  • Prepared Prosthetic Arm Challenge – This engineering project consists of designing a functional prosthetic arm from simple materials, which are remotely controlled by an Arduino-coded circuit board and motor/servo. The arm is attached to one arm of the participant’s body and cannot be operated in any way by that limb. The arm must be able to precisely move objects of different volumes and masses and also be able to accurately throw objects at targets up to 10 feet away. Students also show design and budget work.
Mora Independent Schools
Mora HS

Mora MS

School Hosting Rally: HS Rally Date: Dec 4th 2015


Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools
Santa Rosa HS

Santa Rosa MS

Anton Chico MS

School Hosting Rally:SRHS Rally Date: Dec 8th 2015
Las Vegas City Public Schools
Robertson HS

Memorial MS

Springer HS & MS

School Hosting Rally: TBD Rally Date: Dec 10th 2015




West Las Vegas Public Schools
West Las Vegas HS

West Las Vegas Valley MS

West Las Vegas MS

School Hosting Rally: TBD Rally Date: Jan 11th, 2015
Penasco Independent Schools
Penasco HS

Penasco MS

School Hosting Rally: Rally Date: Dec 15th 2015


See chart below to determine number of teams you may have for competition and Rallies.





Arduino Workshop Resources

These are the resources that we have used for the workshops and that were given to your students in the packets or binders.

Some of these resources are also on this page MESA Day 2016

MESA Day 2016 Handbook

Guide How-to-Use Arduino

SparkFun Red Board Diagram

Breadboard Diagram

MESA Kit Cost List

5 projects to introduce using Arduino for Object Oriented Programing:

These are created by SparkFun and can be used as guides for individual step by step lessons:


Arduino Parts worksheet

Brainstorm Sheet Arduino Workshop

Supplies List

Team Roles



NM MESA Partners