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SFAz supported Alhambra STEM Excels in MESA Challenge!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On Saturday, April 18th, Alhambra Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) teams did an outstanding job at the largest-ever state competition held at the University of Arizona.  Thirty-six different Middle Schools and over 800 students competed in this event.  Alhambra School District received 44% of the first place awards (4 of 9) and we were represented eight different times in events that were awarded first, second or third places.  Montebello received the First Place trophy and Sevilla West received the Third Place trophy for total points scored across all entered events.  Overall, our schools were recognized twenty-one different times.  Below is a list of the individual event results:


 Roller Coaster – (6th Place – Sevilla West)

 Solar Car – (4rd Place – Montebello)

 On-Site Challenge using Engineering Process – (4th Place – Simpson) / (6th Place – Barcelona Middle School)

 Hydro Power – (5th Place – Cordova Middle School)

 Change Maker – Problem Solving in the Community (1st Place – Montebello)

 Aquatic Vehicle – (1st Place – Simpson) / (3rd Place – Montebello) / (5th Place – Sevilla West) / (6th Place – Alhambra Traditional School)

 Air-drop Rocket Launch – (1st Place – Sevilla West) / (2nd Place – Montebello) / (3rd Place – Cordova Middle School) / (5th Place – Alhambra Traditional School)

 Duct Tape Survival Challenge – (2nd Place – Barcelona) / (5th Place – Montebello)

 Prosthetic Arm – (1st Place – Montebello) / (4th Place – Cordova Middle School) / (6th Place – Sevilla West)

Congratulations to Montebello students, and MESA coach, Mr. Kelby Milgrim for their second consecutive first place finish in the National/State competition for building an award winning prosthetic arm. In order to place first in this competition, numerous steps have to be done with significant skill.  First, students must use their prosthetic arm in competition to throw various sized bean-bags into marked areas placed at varying distances, showing the arm’s strength and range of motion. Their prosthetic arm then has to lift a variety of objects and take those objects in and out of a crate, showing the arms operator’s level of precision. Next, students have to turn in a technical paper that is supported by their research, their diagrams, a budget with corresponding receipts, and their engineering notes.  Finally, students have to make and display the process for creating their prosthetic arm and close with a presentation to the judges.

With the win, the Montebello team secured an opportunity to again represent all Arizona middle school MESA teams with a spot in the National Engineering Design Competition, that will be held in Ogden, Utah in June. Another great job and fine representation of Alhambra School District’s STEM programs!


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