Rogers Ranch’s MESA team competed in the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement’s National Competition in Tucson this summer. The team came in fourth place overall and took third place for their written report. They were the youngest team to compete.

The team took first place at the MESA state competition in March. The sixth grade students; Ana Fritts, Thomas Beltran, Isabel Cardenas, and Brenan Wesolek; designed a water bottle holder that reminds the user to drink. The challenge required the students to code an arduino microcontroller to solve a real-world problem. The students demonstrated their prototype in two presentations, completed a report, and poster, which were all used to determine their score.

The same team also took first place in the 2018 state competition and traveled to Philadelphia to compete nationally.

The MESA program is sponsored by the U of A and GCU.