Posted: Apr 9, 2011 5:21 PM by Courtney Meznarich (DL)
Updated: Apr 9, 2011 7:15 PM
More than 600 students from across California converged on the Cal Poly campus Saturday to test their science, math and engineering skills.
It was part of the 2011 MESA Days Regional Competition. MESA, which stands for Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement, is made up of mostly first-generation college hopefuls from underperforming schools throughout the state.
"I think it's an excellent opportunity for them to get to know the different engineering fields, the math and the science fields, get a little more excited about doing careers in engineering," said Maria Manzano, the MESA director at Cal Poly.
Organizers say thousands of jobs requiring math, engineering and science skills go unfilled every year, making programs like MESA imperative.
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