Charles County Elementary School Teams Compete in MESA

LA PLATA, Md. (April 13, 2010)—Eight Charles County Public Schools teams placed in the elementary Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held April 12 at North Point High School. Student teams competed in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics and science.

Indian Head Elementary School was chosen as the overall elementary school winner.

Awards were given for first-, second-, and third-place teams and one overall elementary school winner was chosen.

The school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner and advances to the state competition.

Teams from the county’s 21 elementary schools participated in the following competitions: Balsa Wood Bridge, Effective Communications, Scratch Banner and Storybook Theme Park Ride.

The following teams placed at the competition.

Balsa Wood Bridge:

-- Arthur Middleton Elementary School, first place;
-- Indian Head, second place; and
-- Berry Elementary School, third place.

Effective Communications:

-- Dr. James Craik Elementary School, first place;
-- Indian Head, second place; and
-- Berry, third place.

Scratch Banner:

-- Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, first place;
-- Indian Head, second place; and
-- T.C. Martin Elementary School, third place.

Storybook Theme Park Ride:

-- Indian Head, first place;
-- Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, second place; and
-- Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, third place.

This is the third 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.

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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