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Charles Co. School Teams Compete in MESA


County elementary school teams compete in MESA

Nine Charles County Public Schools teams placed in the elementary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 26 at North Point High School. Student teams competed in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science.

Dr. James Craik 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. Craik will participate in the state event scheduled for May 1 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Teams from the county’s 21 elementary schools participated in the following competitions: Balsawood Bridge, Effective Communications, SCRATCH – Computer Programming and Storybook Theme Park Ride.

The following teams placed at the competition.

Balsawood Bridge:

-- T.C. Martin Elementary School, first place;

-- Gale-Bailey Elementary School, second place; and

-- J.C. Parks Elementary School, third place.

Effective Communications:

-- Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, first place;

-- Craik, second place; and

-- Indian Head Elementary School, third place.

SCRATCH – Computer Programming:

-- Craik, first place;

-- William A. Diggs Elementary School, second place; and

-- Mary B. Neal Elementary School, third place.

Storybook Theme Park Ride:

-- Diggs, first place;

-- Craik, second place; and

-- J.P. Ryon Elementary School, third place.

Charles County Public Schools competes as a separate Maryland MESA region. 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.

County middle and high school teams compete in MESA

Eleven Charles County Public Schools teams placed in the secondary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 27 at North Point High School. Student teams competed in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science.

Piccowaxen Middle School was chosen as the overall middle school winner and Henry E. Lackey High School was chosen as the overall high school winner. MESA teams from Piccowaxen and Lackey advance to the state competition scheduled for May 1 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Additionally, a team from John Hanson Middle School advances to the state event as first-place winners in the Prosthetic Arm Challenge.

First-, second-, and third-place teams receive awards and one overall middle and high school winner is chosen. The middle and high school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner.

Middle school teams compete in four competitions: ALICE Interactive Game Design, Effective Communications, Basswood Bridge and Prosthetic Arm. The high school teams also compete in four competitions: PYTHON Cyber Robot Challenge, Effective Communications, Basswood Bridge and Prosthetic Arm.

The following teams placed at the middle school level:

ALICE Interactive Game Design:

-- Piccowaxen, first place;

-- General Smallwood Middle School, second place; and

-- Matthew Henson Middle School, third place.

Effective Communications:

-- Henson, first place;

-- Piccowaxen, second place; and

-- Smallwood, third place.

Basswood Bridge:

-- Smallwood, first place;

-- Piccowaxen, second place; and

-- Theodore G. Davis Middle School, third place.

Prosthetic Arm:

-- Hanson, first place;

-- Henson, second place; and

-- Smallwood, third place.

The following teams placed at the high school level:

PYTHON Cyber Robot Challenge:

-- Lackey, first place;

-- Westlake High School, second place; and

-- Thomas Stone High School, third place.

Effective Communications:

-- La Plata High School, first place;

-- Westlake, second place; and

-- Maurice J. McDonough High School, third place.

Basswood Bridge:

-- North Point High School, first place; and

-- Lackey, second place.

Prosthetic Arm:

-- Lackey, first place;

-- Westlake, second place; and

-- North Point, third place.

Charles County Public Schools competes as a separate Maryland MESA region. 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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