MESA Day 2018 Questions
Specification Clarification questions must be emailed to email@example.com or submitted via our web form at MESA Day Question. Questions should be discussed with advisors prior to submission. Submitted questions should include your name, your school, and advisors should be copied on the email.
The following questions were proposed for clarification of the MESA Day 2018 specficiations.
General QuestionsClick or enter to reveal information below
Question: Can students participate on more than 1 team?
Answer: It is possible for students to participate on more than one team. Each specification identifies how many students must be present during testing, so you should refer to those specifications. The only events that restrict students from participating in other events are the National Competition and On-Site since they require all team members to be present and require a longer time commitment to compete.
Question: Can notebooks be digital or do they have to be on paper?
Answer: Students can use a digital notebook but they will be required to provide a hardcopy, printed or handwritten copy, of the notebook at MESA Day for judging, if required by that design challenge. If printed students should be prepared to answer questions by judges to ensure that the work is the student’s own work.
MESA Arduino STEM Solution - National CompetitionClick or enter to reveal information below
Question: Are we able to incorporate living organisms in our project?
Answer: Yes, however, it is important to remember that the project must be centered around the use of Arduino to meet the needs of your identified client. Also, keep in mind the need to transport the project to MESA Day, and possibly the National Competition.
Duct Tape & Cardboard Canoe ChallengeClick or enter to reveal information below
Question: What kind/ type of cardboard do we use?
Answer: The kind and/or type of cardboard that is used is not restricted. There are different types and we encourage teams to explore the properties of different types of cardboard as a part of the design process. Don’t forget to include any information collected and/or data from experimentation in your design notebook. A great source of information on cardboard can be found at http://makingsociety.com/2014/11/cardboard-prototyping-1/. This site is also listed under the resource section for this event on the MESA Day Page.
Question: Can gorilla duct tape or heavy duty duct tape be used for the boat?
Answer: Yes, both of those duct tapes will be allowed.
Cellphone Accessory Design ChallengeClick or enter to reveal information below
Computer Science Scavenger HuntClick or enter to reveal information below
Question: Will this challenge be structured like a quiz at every stop or will the problems reveal the clue itself?
Answer: The problems will not reveal the clue. Each team will attempt to solve the problem presented at each station, and will have a maximum of 10 minutes to solve that problem. Once teams submit their answer for scoring, they will be scored, assigned points for that problem, and given the next clue regardless of the correctness of their answer. The final score will be the sum of the points from each station divided by the time in minutes. A bonus question or quiz may be added at the finish to serve as a tie-breaker.