Specifications & Resources

2023 MESA Design Challenge Specifications

The theme for the 2022-23 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition is: Designing for Equity in Your Community.
For this project, student teams will identify an individual or group who experiences some type of inequity (i.e., a user). Teams will employ human-centered design practices to engineer a solution. Teams must use a coding component as the main component of their design. Teams must use a community centered issue for their project.

 

 

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Students will design a skyscraper while considering sustainable engineering, existing techniques civil engineers use for sustainable development, and how they can improve a project overall. Teams should use Goal 11 of the UN Sustainability Goals as a resource while creating their design.

 

 

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Students will design a device to launch regulation Corn Hole bean bags at a regulation Corn Hole board to score 21 points in the fewest number of throws.

 

 

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Use the Engineering Design Process to develop and build a remote-controlled robot designed to disable an opponent or push an opponent out of bounds.

 

 

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Students will use the Engineering Design process to design a helicopter that is made 100% of paper that will land on a target while staying in the air for the longest time. High School teams must have a payload that weighs, at minimum, 10 grams

 

 

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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

 

 

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Teams will demonstrate teamwork and creative problem solving skills by working collaboratively to design, construct and test a given objective/device within a specific period of time.

 

 

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