Teams from J.P. Ryon Elementary School, John Hanson Middle School and Thomas Stone High School placed at the statewide Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held Monday, May 7, at Johns Hopkins University.
The team from Hanson earned first place in the Basswood Bridge challenge. The team from Ryon earned third place in the Storybook Theme Park Ride and the Scratch Banner Design challenges.
The Thomas Stone team placed in all four events. They earned second place in the Wind Energy Challenge, and received third place in the Effective Communications, Interactive Game Design and Basswood Bridge challenges. Awards are given for first-, second-, and third-place teams and one overall state elementary and secondary winner is chosen. The school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner.
This is the fifth year Charles County Public Schools has competed as a separate Maryland MESA region, due to growth of participation in the program. Maryland MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.
The program's goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and related professionals at technical and management levels; and to serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields.
For more information on Maryland MESA, visit http://www.jhuapl.edu/mesa/home/default.asp.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.