MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition

Arduino Based Solutions for Humans

The MESA National Engineering Design Competition will bring 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 19 - 21, 2019
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Competition Overview:

The National Engineering Design Competition, Arduino Based Solutions for Humans, asks students to implement the Human-Centered Design approach to find a client in your community who has a need, engineer a solution for this need using Arduino as the key component, and present their solution and recommendation(s) for next steps at the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition. 

      National Event Information

      Public Sessions
      Please join us on Thursday, June 20 in the ENR2 Building room N120 for our Project Pitches and Poster Symposium!

      • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Middle School Pitches
      • 1:00 - 3:00 pm - High School Pitches
      • 4:00 - 5:30 - Poster Symposium

      Event Announcements on Remind
      Important information and updates will be shared with attendees via Remind. To join the remind group follow this link or follow the instructions in the following PDF.


      Family and Guest Check-in
      Registered Family and Guests can check-in outside of room S107 in the ENR2 building on Wednesday, June 19, from 7:30 – 8:30 am. If necessary, check-in will also occur on Thursday, June 20 outside of room N120 in the ENR2 building. Anyone attending only the pitch presentation, poster symposium, and/or award do not need to register. Name tags must be worn at all times and will be used as meal, event entrance, and transportation tickets.

      Photos/Video – Please be aware that by attending the MESA National Engineering Design Competition, you consent to the Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Arizona and its agents or employees, MESA and its partners, to use photographs, videos, or digitally recorded images (collectively “images”) taken during the event, for use in University publications such as recruiting brochures, newsletters, and magazines, and to use such images on display boards, or electronic versions of the same publications, or on websites or other electronic forms or media, and to offer them for use or distribution in other non-University publications, electronic or otherwise, without notifying me.

      You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images or printed or electronic matter that may be used in conjunction with them now or in the future, whether that use is known to me or unknown, and I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the images.

      You agree to release and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Arizona and its agents or employees, MESA and its partners, including any firm publishing and/or distributing the finished product in whole or in part, whether on paper or via electronic media, from and against any claims, damages, or liability arising from or related to the use of the images, including but not limited to any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, either intentionally or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction, or production of the finished product, its publication or distribution.





      Map of Key Places

      Competition Documents:


      Registration of student teams will be handled by each MESA state office. If you have questions about travel and accommodations for the National Competition please contact your MESA state office. 

      Family members and other guests wishing to attend the National Engineering Design Competition should complete the form below and submit to Arizona MESA via fax at (520) 626.2307 or via email at by Monday, June 3, 2019. 


      MESA teachers or staff interested in attending the first annual MESA National Convening on Friday, June 21, 2019 should complete the form below and submit to Arizona MESA via fax at (520) 626.2307 or via email at by Monday, June 3, 2019.

      Please contact us at 520.626.2300 or the email above with any questions.

      Make money orders, checks or purchase orders payable to: UA Foundation - Early Academic Outreach
      Send Payments to:
           Office of Early Academic Outreach
           Attn: Arizona MESA
           PO Box 210158
           The University of Arizona
           Tucson, AZ 85721-0158

      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

      If you have questions about the Specifications prior to your local events please reach out to your state representative below. Questions about specifications for the National Event should be directed to the NEDC Rules Committee Chair, Manny Leon, at

      Arizona - Manny Leon,

      California - Carlos Gonzalez,

      Maryland - Jason Cartwright,

      Nevada - Rebecca Fisher,

      New Mexico - Anita Gonzales,

      Oregon - Tamara Depue,

      Pennsylvania - Victoria Carberry,

      Utah - Dr. Paul Ross,

      Washington - Debbie Blas,