Specifications & Resources

2020 MESA Design Challenges

Required for all MESA Day project competitions
(except: National Engineering Design Competition, Hack Attack, On-Site Design)

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.

19-20 MESA Notebook.pdf

19-20 MESA Notebook.pdf

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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. 

Specifications

19-20 NEDC Specifications.pdf

19-20 NEDC Specifications.pdf

2019-2020 MESA National Engineering Design Competition Specifications

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Teams will design and build a solar car.  The car will be tested for:

  • Speed
  • Alignment
  • Impact resistance

19-20 QESST Solar Car.pdf

19-20 QESST Solar Car.pdf

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Teams will design and build a bridge that will span 6-8 feet and hold 100 pounds.  This is modeled after the collegiate Steel Bridge competition.

    19-20 ASCE PVC Bridge Rules.pdf

    19-20 ASCE PVC Bridge Rules.pdf

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    Teams will design and build a water powered bottle rocket that will:

    • stay aloft for the longest period of time
    • safely return an egg back to the ground.

    19-20 Cargo Bottle Rocket.pdf

    19-20 Cargo Bottle Rocket.pdf

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    Teams will design and build a boat made from tape and paper that will hold the greatest number of golf balls while having the lightest weight.

      19-20 Tape & Paper Boat.pdf

      19-20 Tape & Paper Boat.pdf

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      Students will use the Human Centered Design model to design a 3D printed solution to meet a need of a member of their community.

        19-20 Additive Manufactoring.pdf

        19-20 Additive Manufactoring.pdf

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        Resources:

        • Tinkercad - Great free introductory, shape-based on-line CAD program
        • How To Video - A video about how to use Tinkercad 
        • OnShape - Professional on-line CAD program, free for eductional purposed
        • Key Designs for 3D Printing - A quick guide of things to consider when designing your product.  
        • Standards - The NGSS, AZ Mathematics, and ELA standards in the challenge 

         

        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

        19-20 Hack Attack.pdf

        19-20 Hack Attack.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.

          19-20 Disaster Relief.pdf

          19-20 Disaster Relief.pdf

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          Anything goes! Teams will find out what the competition is at MESA Day.  Teams will have 2 hours to design and build their solution.

          19-20 On Site Engineering Design.pdf

          19-20 On Site Engineering Design.pdf

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          Resources

          • Type of Teamwork - A nice video to have students reflect on effective and ineffective teamwork.