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 at Temple Ambler 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.

Bioengineering (Prosthetic Devices)

Registered MESA middle and high school teachers can choose to participate in this combination of science and engineering for pre-college students.   Schools receive free curriculum, teacher training and college student support to research, design, build and test a functional prosthetic arm.    Students work in collaborative teams to meet a client’s needs, and present their device during regional competitions 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.

MESA “Rocket to Mars” Summer Academy

Offers middle school students (grades 5-8) to get a head start on your career in space exploration on July 9-20, 9am – 4pm. Students will plan and build remote robots, fly rockets, and learn to code with Sphero robots, while cementing broader concepts from across the math, science, and technology curriculums. The program fee is $595, which includes lunches, program t-shirts, and course. Apply at

Women’s Engineering Explorations (WE2)

Sponsored by Engineering faculty, WE2 offers female high school students (grade 9-11) Introduction to Engineering on July 9-13 and Aquaponics on July 16-20, 9-4pm. During the first week, girls will explore the profession and research being done in the fields of Bioengineering, Civil, Environmental, Electrical and Mechanical engineering. During week 2: exposure to research, agriculture, technology, design, and farming will help Philadelphia girls work through scenarios in labs and in the community. The program fee is $500 for one week and $850 for both weeks. Apply at

Summer Robotics Institute

Sponsored by Engineering faculty, the long standing Summer Robotics Institute offers high school students (ages 14-18) the chance to learn how to design and build programmable mobile robots, and then participate in maze mapping competitions with other high school students in the Delaware Valley on July 3-Aug 2, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, 9:30-12pm. You will get a great introduction to a college program in electrical and computer engineering. The program cost is $550. Register here at