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National Engineering Design Competition

Please note that the Prosthetic Arm is no longer the National Engineering Design Competition. Below is the NEW National Engineering Design Competition for 2017-2018.

MESA Arduino STEM Solutions

In this challenge students will implement the Human-Centered Design approach to find a client in thier community who has a need, design a solution for this need using Arduino and present their solution and recommendation (s) 

The following components will be used to assess the effective implementation of a Human-Centered Design approach, effective implementation of the Engineering Design Process, and the functionality of the prototype and successful integration of Arduino into prototype:

  1. Technical Interview and Poster
  2. Project Report
  3. Prototype Pitch


There are several competitions throughout the spring for the National Engineering Design Challenge:

  • Preliminaries: Held in February at Fresno State, with the top three teams at each level (middle school and high school) advancing to Regionals.
  • Regionals: Held in April at UC Santa Barbara, with the first place middle school and first place high school teams advancing to the state competition.
  • State: Held in May at UC Irvine, with teams from each of MESA's four regions competing for the top spot in California. First place middle school and first place high school teams will advance to the National competition.

The national competition will be held in Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania in June, 2018. The top middle school and top high school teams from California will compete against MESA students from Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington at the national competition.