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MESA Day brings students to UCR for egg drops, gliders

MESA Day brings students to UCR for egg drops, gliders

(February 5, 2001)

High school students from Inland area schools will come to the University of California, Riverside Saturday, February 10, to build cars out of mousetraps, fly balsa wood gliders or package an egg for a long drop.

They will also take tests, make speeches and prepare for a future in engineering.

It is all part of MESA Day, sponsored by Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement, a statewide organization that serves disadvantaged students in grades seven through 12 who are interested in majoring in math, science or engineering during college. UCR's MESA office is housed in the Bourns College of Engineering.

With tutoring, field trips and hands-on projects, MESA helps students prepare for acceptance to a college of their choice.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the hands-on activities will last from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Students will fly balsawood gliders, drop packaged eggs, give a speech, build an air-powered vehicle, make a tower from paper, grow crystals, or using the momentum of a mousetrap to launch a car. Top winners at UCR's competition will go on to regional competition.

Participating students come from Moreno Valley High School and Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley; Palm Springs High School; Centennial High School in Corona; and Ramona High School in Riverside.

A similar day MESA day for middle school students is scheduled for Saturday, March 17.

More information about MESA is available on the web at

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