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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a program designed to increase access to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathways and encourage college readiness for low-income, minority or first-generation collegebound students in grades 6-12.
Arizona MESA’s approach is based on four pillars:
- Youth Inquiry – students learn and implement the MESA Engineering Design Process through numerous highly-engaging, relevant, hands-on activities in which their experience of project-based learning, while supported by the teacher, is driven mainly by student teams.
- Exposure to STEM – through college and career mentors and university campus events.
- College Readiness – through activities, resources and events developed by the UA Office of Early Academic Outreach as part of its Start Now college knowledge campaign (startnow.arizona.edu).
- Peer Support – by supporting the development of college-minded peer groups that support and encourage each other throughout the K-16 pipeline.