Past Programs


Aquaponics (Engineering Urban Sustainability)

The MESA Saturday Academy in Urban Sustainability, Agriculture and Responsibility (AUSAR) is a pre-college high school program for 9-12th grade students enrolled in CTE agriculture, horticulture, IT, and engineering technology programs.   Students spend 10 weeks conducting research, developing technology skills and exploring undergraduate degrees in engineering and computer science that help sustain our critical infrastructure – access to clean water, nutritious food, viable transportation and renewable energy.

Arduino Design Challenge (Citizen Scientists)

For the 2018-2021 school years, rising 6-12th grade students in MESA USA states will use micro-controllers to respond to a critical scientific or engineering challenge in their local community.    Teams will compete to win state and national recognition for creativity, problem solving, engineering design and product pitches, with significant focus on invention and ingenuity.   Operates fall and spring each year, with competitions in PA hosted during MESA Day in May of each year.

Computer Science & Technology Entrepreneurship

Students in grades 6-12 are introduced to one of the most exciting, in demand career options in the world—learning how to write computer programs for game development. This popular, rigorous and fun Saturday Academy is offered twice per year in the fall and spring. Our amazing instructors teach students how to analyze, design and develop games, mobile apps or digital media that can be brought to market.

MESA Makerz

Offers middle and high school girls (grades 6-8, 9-10) a chance to design a variety of wearable technologies using Arduino micro-controllers, fashion design and really cool LED lights.  Offered every other summer.