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Gather. Compete. Achieve.

Washington MESA Day is an annual STEM competition for middle and high school students throughout the state of Washington.

Over the course of a year, students participate in fun, hands-on learning activities and mini projects in pairs or small groups—all gearing up for a day of competition with peers statewide. Students identify or are presented with a real-world problem or challenge grounded in STEM, and work to provide a viable solution.

MESA Day 2023

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: The Museum of Flight

Theme: Designing for Equity in Your Community—students will identify an inequity that adversely impacts an individual or group and employ a human-centered design process to propose a solution. All solutions must use a coding component.

What to Expect

Attendees can expect hands-on activities exploring real-world challenges, as well as the chance to try a flight simulator and explore the Museum of Flight.

Components of the challenge will include:

Design Brief

The design brief should offer a brief, non-technical overview of the entire project. Students must use the provided design brief template.

Prototype Pitch

The Prototype Pitch should convince the audience that the design meets the user’s needs and has value as a product to address an issue of inequity.


The poster should provide an overview of the project, highlight key points of the design process, discuss relevant testing and data collection, present the resulting prototype and share recommendations for further development.

Technical Presentation/Interview

Students will deliver a short presentation to overview the prototype functionality, including a technical explanation of the mechanical operations, software operations, and integration of the two.

How to Participate

The design brief and poster must be sent to by Friday, May 5, 2023, 12:00 PM PST.

All documents should be labeled with:

  • Student team name
  • School name
  • MESA center

To learn more, visit the National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC) website.

For questions about WA MESA Day, please email Alexis Wheeler, Interim Director of STEM Programs.