MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition

Designing for Equity

The MESA National Engineering Design Competition brings together the top middle and high school MESA teams from around the nation to showcase projects that used a Human-Centered Design Approach to develop an Arduino-based solution to meet the needs of their human client.

June 2021
Phoenix, AZ

Competition Overview:

The National Engineering Design Competition, Designing for Equity, asks students to first identify an individual or group who experiences some type of inequity (i.e., a user). Then, 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. 

2020-2022 Competition Documents:

Registration of student teams is handled by each MESA state office.

The following documents should be used to train volunteer judges. Theses documents have been designed to provide judges a standard from which to work from when assigning scores. If you have any questions feel free to contact the NEDC Rules Committee Chair, Manny Leon, at

Materials Coming Soon

When asking for clarification on the National Competition Rules or for any other question about the National Competition the following process will be used:

  1. Teams must contact their state representative via email (see the list below).*

  2. If possible, the state representative will respond via email. This question and the response will also be provided to other schools within that state.

  3. If necessary, the representative will contact the National Rules Committee to discuss the question. The committee’s decision will be relayed to all states for public distribution and the question will be listed on the national FAQ list on the MESA USA website (MESAUSA.ORG).

* Questions sent directly to the National Rules Committee will be rerouted to the state representative.

Arizona - Manny Leon,

California -Bearice Prieto,

Maryland - Jason Cartwright,

New Mexico - Anita Gonzales,

Oregon - Tamara Depue,

Utah - Dr. Paul Ross,

Washington - Elizabeth Stephens,