Specifications & Resources

2021 MESA Design Challenges

Required for all MESA Day project competitions
(except: National Engineering Design Competition and Hack Attack)

The purpose of the Engineering Note Book is for students to more closely follow the practices of an engineer in the completion of their MESA Day projects. The Engineering Design Notebook will encourage students to take a purposeful and sustained approached to building their devices. MESA projects are not designed to be completed in a single class period or day, but to be the result of thoughtful research, planning, analysis and evaluation. The lab book should provide a daily and constant written record of the thought and insight that a team is putting into their project, from initial ideas to the final completed project.

20-21 MESA Notebook.pdf

20-21 MESA Notebook.pdf

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The theme for the 2020-21 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition is: Designing for Equity.

For this project, student teams will identify an individual or group who experiences some type of inequity (i.e., a user). Using a microprocessor as the key component of the design, teams will employ human-centered design practices to engineer a solution.  Teams must use at least one of the following microprocessors as the main component of their design: Arduino, Circuit Playground Express, and/or Micro:bit.

Specifications

2020-2021 AZ NEDC Specs.pdf

2020-2021 AZ NEDC Specs.pdf

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Students will design a skyscraper while considering sustainable engineering practices, existing techniques civil engineers use for sustainable development, and how can they improve a project overall.

20-21 ASCE Sustainable Skyscraper.pdf

20-21 ASCE Sustainable Skyscraper.pdf

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Students will participate in teams to hack other computers while protecting their own computer from hackers. Teams will use the MESA Hack Attack website for competition. 
Teams will need to solve Computer Science (CS) puzzles to earn points to hack other computers

20-21 Hack Attack Specs_0.pdf

20-21 Hack Attack Specs_0.pdf

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Use the Engineering Design Process to develop and construct a scale model of a shelter that can be quickly erected after a disaster.

20-21 Disaster Relief Specs.pdf

20-21 Disaster Relief Specs.pdf

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Students will use the Human Centered Design model to design a mobile phone app (Android or iOS) to solve a problem in their community.

20-21 App Creation Specs.pdf

20-21 App Creation Specs.pdf

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