Colorado Mesa 2009 Annual Report

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Turning Big Dreams into Tomorrow s Careers Annual Report 2009 TABLE OF CONTENTS PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LETTER .............................................................................. 3 MISSION STATEMENT .................................................................................................................... 4 HISTORY ...................................................................................................................................... 4 PURPOSE ...................................................................................................................................... 4 COLORADO MESA WORKS! ........................................................................................................... 4 MESA RECOGNIZED WHY MESA WORKS .. .. ..5 ...5 COLORADO MESA BOARD OF DIRECTORS...................................................................................... 6 COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH CORPORATE & HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITIES ........................................................................................... 7 MAJOR FY 2009 PROGRAM FUNDERS............................................................................................. 8 PROGRAM ENROLLEMENT NUMBERS ............................................................................................... 9 MESA PROGRAM PARTICIPATION PROVIDING MATH & SCIENCE SKILLS TO UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS ......................................................................................... 10 FY 2009 MESA PROGRAM, ADMINISTRATIVE & FUNDRAISING COSTS .............................................................................................................. 11 COLORADO MESA STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION ..12 .9 2 OUSTANDING 2009 MESA STUDENTS ......................................................................................... 13 OUSTANDING 2009 MESA PROGRAMS ........................................................................................ 15 2009 MESA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ........................................................................................ 16 MESA 2009 EVENT CALENDAR AT A GLANCE .................................................................................. 17 STATEWIDE MESA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES .................................................................................. 18 MESA ADVISORS RETREAT & KICKOFF (MARK)................................................................................ 18 MESA FALL FLING ..................................................................................................................... 18 HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING JAMBOREE ............................................................................ 19 COLORADO MESA DAY................................................................................................................ 19 MESA USA .............................................................................................................................. 20 2009 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES...................................................................................................... 21 METRO DENVER WIRED JUMPSTART GRANT ............................................................................... 22 HOW TO BECOME A MESA SCHOOL............................................................................................... 23 FY 2009 PARTICIPATING MESA SCHOOLS ...................................................................................... 24 GET INVOLVED - MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE ............................................................................ 29 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org Dear Friends and Supporters of Colorado MESA, It is with great pride that we offer the FY 2009 Colorado MESA annual report. We have come so far since the inception of MESA in 1980, and our goals remain unchanged - to expand student s lives and opportunities focused on promoting academic excellence in math, engineering and science. Ultimately we are turning dreams into reality for underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, and at-risk students throughout Colorado to help them successfully graduate high school, be prepared for college, and to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Last year we positively impacted 3,650 students located throughout Colorado. Today businesses are faced with many new, complex engineering and technical challenges. The bottom line is that Colorado s 21st Century economy will be based on a highly educated knowledgebased workforce to meet the demand of the business community to successfully thrive. Our economy and business success will be based on the dedication and strength of its greatest asset human capital. Throughout the United States including Colorado we are not graduating enough engineers. According to Richard Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes Magazine, China is graduating 600,000 engineers annually, compared to only 150,000 in the United States. As the baby-boomers are retiring we will be experiencing a major exodus of employees leaving the high-tech business community over the next decade. At this rate, we will not be able to meet the critical demand for engineers necessary to support the business community to compete globally. MESA is proud to say that more than 90% of our MESA students matriculate to college, of which approximately 80% pursue STEM-related degrees. In 2010 we are celebrating our 30th anniversary, and we are proud to report that MESA s proven educational program has positively impacted, and contributed more than 40,000 talented and STEM-ready students throughout Colorado. It is imperative that Colorado leaders and businesses have commitment to educational programs such as MESA. With your financial resources and support, together we can build Colorado s infrastructure and educated workforce. Colorado MESA would like to take this opportunity to thank our many dedicated financial and in-kind sponsors, our tireless volunteers, MESA advisors, supportive schools and administrators. We are able to provide positive and successful educational experiences for students because of the commitment and generosity of all our partners. Sincerely, 3 Karen Dawson President, Colorado MESA Board of Directors Gloria L. Nelson Executive Director, Colorado MESA Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org MISSION STATEMENT To enable and increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students throughout Colorado to graduate from college and successfully pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). HISTORY The Colorado Minority Engineering Association (CMEA) was founded in 1979 and is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Since 1980, CMEA has managed the Colorado MESA program, a proven out of school program enabling underrepresented students across Colorado to prepare for and graduate from college with career opportunities in math, engineering, and science. MESA contributes to their long-term achievement and helps build a strong Colorado economy. PURPOSE MESA motivates and challenges female, minority and disadvantaged students with high ability who, because of various circumstances, are not achieving their maximum potential in school. Minorities and women are underrepresented in science, math and engineering and represent a valuable and diverse asset to future employers. MESA provides support, structure and direction early on so students can build their expectations of achievement to the point where they succeed in higher level science and math courses. COLORADO MESA WORKS!* 4 ‡ 3,647 students enrolled in programs (PreK-12) 161 participating schools 167 programs: Front Range, Four Corners, San Luis Valley, Grand Junction and Garfield County 3 Centers: CU Denver, CU Boulder and CSU 4 major events: local, state and national ‡ ‡ ‡ 80% of students come from gender and ethnic groups underrepresented in engineering, mathematics and science careers. ‡ 50% participate in free and reduced lunch programs. ‡ 100% of MESA reported seniors graduate from high school fully prepared for college and require no remediation. ‡ 90% college matriculation rate for graduates. ‡ 80% enroll in science and math-based majors in college. ‡ ‡ ‡ 1,150 participated in events * DATA FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS REPORTED TO COLORADO MESA. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org MESA RECOGNIZED In 2008, the Colorado School of Mines, one of the nation s pre-eminent engineering colleges presented Colorado MESA with their Community Impact Award for promoting engineering and other STEM based career fields to historically underrepresented youth. In October 2009, the Afterschool Alliance and MetLife 2008 Community Impact Foundation recognized Colorado MESA with their National Award from CSM and the Afterschool Innovator Award in recognition of the MetLife After School program s success providing at-risk high schools students with Innovator Award. a background in and understanding of math and the sciences and helping them prepare for college. Colorado MESA is one of only six programs in the nation to receive this award. WHY MESA WORKS 5 Students from underrepresented minority groups with academic potential in math and sciences are identified in elementary and middle schools. Parents of MESA students are involved so that they become an integral part of the team that delivers critical services to their children. Parents attend orientations after which they sign an agreement with MESA to support the program at their school. Parental involvement is extremely important and an essential component to the success of the program. MESA after-school programs engage students in hands-on inquiry based projects such as designing mousetrap-powered vehicles, wind turbines and robots. MESA advisors, usually math/science teachers along with university student mentors and practicing engineers, help students discover relevant math/science principles necessary to achieve success with their project. Local, state, and national engineering-based competitions provide additional motivation to keep students involved. MESA Centers are located at University of Colorado, Denver (CU Denver), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU Boulder), and Colorado State University, Fort Collins (CSU). They provide advisor training, program materials, and academic resources. MESA schools provide stimulating project-based curriculum, career speakers, and roles models. Field trips are held for students at university campuses and facilities where engineering and other math based professionals are employed. These field trips are used to demonstrate the kind of work the students will do as professional engineers and scientists. The MESA students are taught the importance of taking math, science and English so that they can complete a full four-year college prep curriculum in high school. In high school, MESA students and their parents know exactly which courses they must take each semester in order to stay on track in the college prep program. They participate in field trips, science fairs, bridge building fairs, First Robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, and more. They are also coached in effective study techniques and how to prepare for tests and the SAT and ACT exams. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org COLORADO MESA BOARD OF DIRECTORS All MESA board members serve voluntarily providing leadership and expertise needed to ensure organizational success. President Karen Dawson Partner, Engineer Rocky Mountain Mechanical Systems VP/President Elect Monisha Merchant Secretary Ron Treasurer Nilsa Mahon Regent, Univ. of Colorado and Director, Level 3 Communications Attorney Certified Public Accountant Business Development Manager Attorney President & CEO Retired Senior Project IT Manager Senior Manager of Business Development Director Mission Design EHS Manager Business Manager Sr. Inclusions Manager Civil Engineer President RA/QA Supervisor Project Manager Gorsché Brownstein | Hyatt | Farber | Schreck NG Mahon Business Consulting, LLC QSE Technologies Holme Roberts & Owen, LLC EMG and Associates Former Vice President, Lockheed Martin City of Aurora General Dynamics United Launch Alliance Coors Brewing Company U.S. Bureau of Land Management Sun Microsystems, Inc. Bureau of Reclamation SolSource, Inc. AlloSource Hewlett-Packard Company The Gomez Howard Group Technology and Management Solutions CSIA, Colorado s Technology Assoc. Resource Development Committee Deverick Wilder* Katheryn Coggon Ellie Greenberg, Ed.D. Thomas Scanlan Angela Sims-Ceja Program Committee Lisa Barker* Doug Gilbert* Maribel Crespin Louise Ecoff Connie Fulmer Dan Mares Jeff Scott Debbie Trujillo George Winski 6 Strategic Communications Committee Gerri Howard* President Theresa Szczurek*, Ph.D. President & CEO Su Hawk President Board Development Committee Lynn Jordan* David Thomas Aragon Scanlan President & CEO Executive Dir. for Student Success, Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement Retired Jordan Resources, Inc. University of Colorado Boulder Former Vice President, Lockheed Martin All Committee Chairs * are members of the Executive Committee MESA Advisory Council Donna August Wanda Austin, Ph.D. Carole Basile, Ph.D. Howell M. Estes, III Delores M. Etter Daniel Hernandez Cynthia Howell, Ed.D. George Sparks Peter B. Teets Founder President & CEO Prof., School of Education & Human Dev. Retired, Commander in Chief Director, Caruth Institute of Eng. Education Senior Vice President, Global Strategy Director, Office of Education CEO Retired Leave a Little Room Foundation Aerospace Corporation University of Colorado Denver NORAD Southern Methodist University Sykes Enterprises, Inc. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Denver Museum of Nature & Science Former Undersecretary, Air Force Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH CORPORATE & HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITIES In FY 2009, board members and volunteers contributed over 6,249 hours and $756,190 in services and in-kind support to Colorado MESA. In addition to the board members and their companies, the following universities, corporations, and governmental agencies contributed inkind resources and support of MESA. American Association of Cancer Research Arapahoe Community College Ball Aerospace Boulder Outlook Hotel Catholic Charities Center for Applied Science and Mathematics for Innovation and Competitiveness (CASMIC) Centennial BOCES and Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) Challenger Learning Center Colorado School of Mines University (CSM) Colorado Community College System Colorado State University (CSU) - Research and Development Center for the Advancement of Student Learning Community College of Denver Coors Hispanic Employee Network Denver Museum of Nature and Science Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America East Asian Regional Council of Overseas School & Global Issues Network EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc. Google Boulder Holme Roberts & Owens LLC Global Ozone Project IBM JASON Project Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics Lockheed Martin Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (MDEDC) Microsoft Corporation National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Northrop Grumman Project Management Institute Rocky Mountain Mechanical Systems Rocky Mtn. Middle School Math Science Program Science Explorers Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE/HENAAC) University of Colorado (CU) Boulder - Cooperative Institute for Environmental Studies - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research - Integrated Teaching & Learning Lab - Space Grant - Multicultural Engineering and Women in Engineering Programs University of Colorado (CU) Denver - College of Engineering & Applied Science US Bureau of Land Management $756,190 Service & In-kind Contributions 7 6,249 Volunteer Hours Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org MAJOR FY 2009 PROGRAM FUNDERS* Corporate, foundation and individual financial support is critical to the success of MESA programs, its students, teachers, advisors, schools and staff. Their continued dedication and support allows MESA to serve thousands of Colorado students. Diamond - $50,000+ y Daniels Fund y National Science Foundation (NSF) - Rocky Mountain Middle School Math Science Partnership Platinum - $20,000+ y US Department of Labor (Metro Denver EDC) y United Launch Alliance (ULA) Gold - $15,000+ y Adolph Coors Foundation y Chase Bank Silver - $10,000+ y Intel Foundation y Lockheed Martin y Northrop Grumman y Xcel Energy Bronze- $5,000+ y Anschutz Family Foundation y Coors Hispanic Employee Network y EnCana Oil & Gas y Kinder Morgan Foundation y Micro Motion y Noble Energy Foundation y National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) y Quick Foundation y US Bureau of Land Management Friends - $1,000+ y American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC/CO) y Community Center (The) y Jared Polis Foundation y Karen Dawson y Merrick & Company y US Bureau of Reclamation WIRED Grant ³ ³ MESA has done more than influence my interests; as a direct result of joining MESA I became interested in math, science and engineering.µ - Derek Linan, 11th grade, Wasson High School 8 College has been a life-long dream, and MESA is helping make it a reality. I would have never thought that I could be going to college because I'm the only one in my immediate family that has tried to make an effort for further education. I am planning on going to veterinary school." - Amanda Thomas, Graduate of the Alternative Center for Education (now attending Front Range Community * The organizations listed above have all contributed a minimum of $1,000 to Colorado MESA. Thank you also to the many other organizations and individuals, not listed here who have also financially contributed less than $1,000. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org PROGRAM ENROLLMENT NUMBERS Colorado MESA enrollment has grown from its first year with 30 students in three schools to 3,647 students in 161 schools in 24 districts. Expanding from Denver outward, MESA now has a concentration of schools along the Colorado Front Range and is beginning to impact distant and rural student populations through MESA programs in the Four Corners, San Luis Valley and Grand Junction areas. 3,647 Total Students Served by MESA 169 Educational Institutions 270 Advisors MESA GRADE LEVELS SERVED SCHOOL BREAKDOWN 9 MESA PROGRAM PARTICIPATION The below chart indicates the progressive annual growth in number of MESA students in the program. In FY 2009 Colorado MESA had the highest enrollment in 18 years with 3,647 students. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org PROVIDING MATH & SCIENCE SKILLS TO UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS Colorado MESA s primary mission and goal is to serve underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students throughout Colorado to graduate from college and successfully pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 51% Minority Students 52% Female Students ³ 10 With the help of MESA, I have been able to apply both my skills and love for engineering. Although MESA has influenced my high school career, it will have an even greater effect on the rest of my life.µ - Adrian Linan, Grade 12, Wasson High School MESA ETHNICITY Student Demographics African American Anglo American Asian American/Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino Native American MESA 4.42% 48.55% 5.46% 38.37% 3.21% CO* 6.00% 60.90% 3.60% 28.40% 1.20% *Source: Colorado Department of Education Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org FY 2009 MESA Program, Administrative & Fundraising Costs 51% of MESA funding comes from foundation and corporate donations. Last year 8% was raised by corporate sponsorships of the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition. 26% came from DOL and NSF sub-grants and approximately 15% from miscellaneous sources including board member contributions. The largest in-kind donations are from participating school districts and higher education institutions. Significant expenses include MESA advisor stipends, program staff salaries, statewide and national academic competitions and activities, student computer awards and scholarships, program materials and supplies, student field trips, and university mentor stipends. 11 Cash and In-Kind 167 Graduates FY 2009 MESA Program Services - Cash Program Services In-Kind General & Administrative Fund Raising - Cash Fund Raising - In-Kind Mgmt - In-Kind Total % Total for Fundraising & Administration $381,096 $740,410 $23,382 $21,038 $4,710 $4,712 $1,175,348 5.12% Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org ³ ³ MESA programs have really meant to me the chance to use my brain and work on stuff that could eventually give me a job.µ - Andrew ´AJµ Schlechten, 8th grade, West Middle School MESA means to me a place where you can show your talents and be proud of it.µ - Andrea Gutierrez, 5th grade, Stellar Elementary School Colorado MESA Colorado MESA Statement of Financial Position Sept. 1 - August 31, 2009 ASSETS Cash Cash - Restricted Grants & Accounts Receivable Prepaid Expense Property and Equipment, Net (note 2) TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted TOTAL NET ASSETS TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS 259,422 66,119 325,541 $ 325,541 Statement of Financial Position August 31, 2009 $ 192,495 60,897 71,376 773 $ 325,541 90% 12 C o lo ra d o M E S A S ta te m e n t o f A c ti v i ti e s a n d C h a n g e s i n N e t A s s e ts F o r th e Ye a r E n d e d A u g u s t 3 1 , 2 0 0 9 R E VE N U E S A N D O T HE R S U P P O R T G r an t In c o m e S t Vr ai n O p e r at i o n s C o ntributio ns S p e c i al E ve n t s In - Ki n d C o n t r i b u t i o n s In t e r e s t & D i vi d e n d s T o t al R e ve n u e s an d O t h e r S u p p o r t N e t as s e t s r e l e as e d f r o m r e s t r i c t i o n s d u e t o s at i s f ac t i o n o f p r o g r am r e q u i r e m e n t s T o t al R e ve n u e s an d O t h e r S u p p o r t E XP E N S E S P r o g r am S e r vi c e s - E x p e n d e d P r o g r am S e r vi c e s - In - Ki n d T o t al P r o g r am S e r vi c e s S u p p o r t i n g S e r vi c e s M an ag e m e n t an d G e n e r al M an ag e m e n t an d G e n e r al - In - Ki n d F u n d r ai s i n g F u n d r ai s i n g - In - Ki n d T o t al E x p e n s e s C HA N G E IN N E T A S S E T S N E T AS S E TS , B e ginning N E T AS S E TS , E nding U nre stric te d $ 2 3 4 ,4 1 9 1 0 4 ,0 6 7 6 5 ,1 3 0 3 0 ,4 7 6 7 4 9 ,8 3 1 3 ,0 3 5 1 ,1 8 6 ,9 5 9 T e m p o r ar i l y R e stric te d $ 1 0 ,0 0 0 1 0 ,0 0 0 T o t al $ 2 4 4 ,4 1 9 1 0 4 ,0 6 7 6 5 ,1 3 0 3 0 ,4 7 6 7 4 9 ,8 3 1 3 ,0 3 5 1 ,1 9 6 ,9 5 9 6 ,7 5 0 1 ,1 9 3 ,7 0 9 ( 6 ,7 5 0 ) 3 ,2 5 0 1 ,1 9 6 ,9 5 9 3 8 1 ,0 9 6 7 4 0 ,4 1 0 1 ,1 2 1 ,5 0 6 - 3 8 1 ,0 9 6 7 4 0 ,4 1 0 1 ,1 2 1 ,5 0 6 & Math 80% Science Majors College 2 3 ,3 8 2 4 ,7 1 2 2 1 ,0 3 8 4 ,7 0 9 5 3 ,8 4 1 1 ,1 7 5 ,3 4 8 1 8 ,3 6 2 2 4 1 ,0 6 0 $ 2 5 9 ,4 2 2 $ 3 ,2 5 0 6 2 ,8 6 9 6 6 ,1 1 9 2 3 ,3 8 2 4 ,7 1 2 2 1 ,0 3 8 4 ,7 0 9 5 3 ,8 4 1 1 ,1 7 5 ,3 4 8 2 1 ,6 1 1 3 0 3 ,9 2 9 $ 3 2 5 ,5 4 0 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org OUTSTANDING 2009 MESA STUDENTS The 2009 Outstanding MESA Student Award recognizes 21 outstanding MESA students from around the state. Nominated students have shown exemplary leadership, creativity and commitment to MESA s mission. Selection criteria used by the panel to select the finalists included GPA, MESA participation and other honors. Outstanding student winners are selected by a panel of Board Members. Fadi Albishera, Grade 11 Wesson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 Elvia Castillo, Grade 12 Denver North High School Denver Public Schools Brooke Ellis, Grade 6 Escalante Middle School Durango School District 9-R Andrea Gutierriez, Grade 5 Stellar Elementary School Adams 12 Five Star School District ³ MESA is such a success that it encourages many students to appreciate the wonderful world of mathematics, science and engineering. MESA taught me how to work as a team.µ - Elvia Castillo-Hernandez, Denver North High School, Metropolitan State College of Denver ² Civil Engineering 13 Maddie Kerr, Grade 6 Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences Denver Public Schools Derek Lifian, Grade 11 Wasson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 Yang Lin, Grade 11 Wasson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 Adrin Linan, Grade 12 Wasson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 ³ I owe a lot to the MESA club, because without it, I would have probably never had all of these incredible experiences.µ - Ernesto Chairez, Grade 12, Career Education Center Julio Lopez, Grade 7 Panorama Middle School Harrison School District Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org OUTSTANDING 2009 MESA STUDENTS (continued) Jothselyn Macias, Grade 5 Stellar Elementary School Adams 12 Five Star School District David Mezies, Grade 7 Trail Ridge Middle School St. Vrain Valley School District Jareth Morrison, Grade 11 Wasson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 Terran Morrison, Grade 11 Wasson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 Sebastian Nieto, Grade 3 Platteville Elementary School Weld County School District Samantha Prinett, Grade 7 Rocky Top Middle School Adams 12 Five Star School District Kathryn Rogers, Grade 8 Rocky Top Middle School Adams 12 Five Star School District Andrew Schlecten, Grade 8 West Middle School Mesa Valley School District 51 Yayue Tang, Grade 11 Wesson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 Leslie Taylor, Grade 8 Rocky Top Middle School Adams 12 Five Star School District Amanda Walker, Grade 12 Wasson High School Colorado Springs School District 11 ³ ³ MESA has made me realize that when I work hard on something that I really want, I will end up getting a reward for all my hard work.µ - Jothselyn Macias, 5th grade, Stellar Elementary School 14 MESA not only teaches me new things through teamwork and cooperation, but also helps me apply what I learn.µ - Fadi AlBisharra, 11th grade, Wasson High School Thomas Williams, Grade 12 JFK High School Denver Public Schools Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org OUTSTANDING 2009 MESA PROGRAMS The following six MESA schools were selected for its outstanding MESA programs based on pro-active recruiting of target students, participation in MESA project based curriculum and statewide MESA sponsored activities. Centennial Elementary Keith Liddle, Principal Helen Douglass, MESA Advisor St. Vrain Valley School District Denver South High School William Kohut, Principal William Sauaia, MESA Advisor Denver Public Schools Eaton Middle School Jim Orth, Principal Stacy Duncan and Dave Anderson, MESA Advisors Eaton School District Henry World School Wendy Lanier, Principal Mamie Garceo & Elaine Giromini, MESA Advisors Denver Public Schools ³ John F. Kennedy High School Jeannie Peppel, Principal Kevin Lindauer and Steve Round, MESA Advisors Denver Public Schools The MESA program is one of the most rewarding programs I have been involved in during my life. Through the MESA program I learned to become a stronger student, and it provided hand·s on learning experiences which to me was a huge success in leading me to become an engineer.µ - Antonio Kaufman, Coronado High School, Colorado State University Pueblo ² Mechanical Engineering 15 Spangler Elementary Michelle Johnstone, Principal Nina Amabile, Megan Brookhart, and Christina Smith, MESA Advisors St. Vrain Valley School District Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org MESA 2009 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Seven (7) scholarships between $1,000, and $3,000 were awarded to eligible MESA seniors. Three of the scholarships were endowed with donations inspired by the memory of Mr. Robert Rodriguez and Mr. Charlie Farel, two extraordinary people who were long time supporters of Colorado MESA and diversity education. The remaining scholarships were funded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Micro Motion, valuable supporters of Colorado MESA. Selection criteria used to select the finalist includes: financial need, GPA, MESA participation, academic and other honors and personal recommendations. Ernesto Chairez Career Education Center Micro Motion and NREL Scholarships 16 Matt Gosche Denver East High School NREL Scholarship CBS4 Meteorologist Dave Aguilera Congratulates MESA Award Winner Lauren Jensen Skyline High School NREL and ACEC/CO Scholarships Adrian Linan Roy J. Wasson High School Charlie Farel Scholarship Andrew Neufeld John F. Kennedy High School ACEC Scholarship Benjamin Putnam Roy J. Wasson High School Micro Motion and Charlie Farel Scholarships Brandon Simmons Grand Valley High School Robert Rodrigez Scholarship Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org MESA 2009 EVENT CALENDAR AT A GLANCE Dates Event Details September 11 - 12, 2008 MESA Advisor Retreat and Kick Off (MARK) October 24 25, 2008 STEMapalooza November 6 7, 2008 MESA Fall Fling April 9, 2009 MESA High School Engineering & Science Jamboree 17 April 17, 2009 MESA Day June 6 - 10, 2009 CSM Prep June 7 - 27, 2009 CSM SUMmer Minority Engineering Training Program (SUMMET) June 25-28, 2009 9th Annual MESA USA National Design Challenge Create a New Future for Elementary, Middle & High School Students! Invest in MESA Call Debbie Woodward at 303-352-3869 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org STATEWIDE MESA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES MESA Advisors Retreat & Kickoff (MARK) - Sept. 11 & 12, 2008 The MARK professional development workshop is the kick-off event of MESA events for the academic school year. The MARK, held at CU Boulder, provided more than 100 educators with support, stimulation and statewide networking opportunities with college and industry representatives and MESA. Project-oriented workshops offered innovative science and math curricula, teachers/advisors also learned about the Multicultural Engineering and Women in Engineering Programs at CU Boulder and CSM, and what other resources they offer to MESA students. New advisors participated in orientation workshops while veteran advisors met with college admissions and financial aid specialists or toured the Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) labs. The ITL labs offer courses, workshops, and K-12 engineering outreach programs. The poster session provided MESA advisors with the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives of organizations that offer resources and activities for MESA students. L: Chris Bonilha, Program Director, provides training to 100 MESA advisors at the annual kick-off MARK event. 18 R: Students compete in the boat competition at the MESA Fall Fling. MESA Fall Fling - Nov. 6 & 7, 2008 Approximately 200 high school students attended the MESA Fall Fling supported by the CU Boulder Multicultural Engineering Program to participate in hands-on activities, learn about applying for college and financial aid, and tour the campus. The two-day event was designed to give students a taste of an engineering student s lifestyle and provide valuable academic, financial aid, and career information. MESA students applied their math and science skills to design and build boats out of duct tape, wood firing strips, and plastic gallon jugs. Their objective was to create a boat large enough to transport at least one passenger across a swimming pool. It emphasized real life engineering scenarios, students worked against a scoring method that compelled them to design a performance craft. MESA students tested their ability to work in teams to build a wind energy generator device. Students brushed up on their physics skills to develop efficient designs. The wind turbine device was tested for its ability to lift weights, pull vehicles and efficiency. This scrimmage event prepares students to train for the spring competition. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org STATEWIDE MESA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES (continued) Students competing at the Colorado MESA Day hosted by the Coors Hispanic Employee Network at CU Denver. High School Science & Engineering Jamboree - April 9, 2009 Approximately 340 high school students from all over Colorado competed at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in activities that included website design, mathematics, and straw tower building. Also, a Helicopter Egg Drop competition, where students loaded the News4 helicopter with containers designed to protect their delicate cargo. The helicopter ascended to approximately 100 meters and the egg bearing containers were tossed. Many of the eggs survived but the containers that had design flaws disintegrated to the amusement of all (except their designers). All events were designed to encourage and develop creativity and analytical skills. Top winning teams received trophies for their school, and all first, second and third place team members received handsome gold, silver and bronze medallions. Approximately 50 industry volunteers participated in the Engineering Jamboree. 19 Colorado MESA Day - April 17, 2009 Sponsored by the Coors Hispanic Employee Network, this popular event attracted over 600 middle school students to CSM. During the day, students participated in nine competitions designed to test their ability to work in teams to solve problems and design all kinds of items ranging from air-powered vehicles, balsa wood bridges, and multipurpose trebuchet. Colorado MESA is very proud of the students from Heaton Middle School who, once again, won the statewide competition and defended their competition title in the MESA USA National Competition in Denver. Students also created MESA Power Point presentations that express their school spirit, and many created projects and presentations that demonstrated their knowledge of science and math. Team members were awarded trophies and medallions. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org STATEWIDE MESA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES (continued) MESA USA - June 25-28, 2009 This three-day national MESA USA engineering design competition comprised of 56 middle and high school state champions from Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah was held at the CU Denver PE Event Center. Hosted by Colorado MESA, the event created opportunities for top MESA students from around the nation to come together in the spirit of friendly academic competition and creative entrepreneurship through their research, design, construction, presentation and performance of their multitask trebuchet, a new twist on the gravity powered medieval catapult. MESA students competed in four tasks including an; academic display, oral presentation, technical paper and device performance. The middle school and high school team with the highest collective score were declared the MESA USA National Engineering Design Champions. 20 Colorado MESA to Host MESA USA for the Second Consecutive Year, Celebrating it s 10th Anniversary! Get Involved Today. Call Debbie Woodward at 303-352-3869 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org 2009 GOALS & OBJECTIVES MESA accomplishes its goals and objectives with partnerships among school districts, colleges, universities, businesses, other community organizations, and parents through the MESA programs. Listed below were overall goals and objectives to continue to provide excellence in MESA programs, and to expand our reach to more schools and students in Colorado. 1. Continue to expand program support and services by pursuing development of MESA Centers at CSU in Pueblo, Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Arapahoe Community College, and Southern Colorado. 2. Develop funding resources via state appropriation for STEM after-school programs and the Colorado Homegrown STEM Workforce Act of 2007 (HB 1243). 3. Continue its major emphasis to provide minority students to Colorado colleges and universities where these students will pursue math, engineering or science related majors and become an available source of skilled professionals. 4. Continue the building of collaborative relationships with all the Colorado colleges and universities (2-year and 4-year). 5. Sustain MESA program cost effectiveness, while addressing the challenge of locating and acquiring new and diversified funding resources. Continue to recruit corporate and foundation partners in order to increase financial and in-kind support base. 6. Assist MESA students in obtaining summer jobs, internships, grants, college entrance and scholarships. 7. Improve public knowledge of the need for women and minorities in math, science and engineering careers with emphasis on how MESA helps identify, support and prepare these students in grades K-12. 8. Provide support for MESA schools in four additional Jefferson County schools, and pursue program expansion in Mapleton School District via RMMSMSP grant. 9. Support and increase the numbers of university engineering and math/science education majors to mentor MESA students. 21 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org METRO DENVER WIRED JUMPSTART GRANT In FY 2008/2009, MESA received funding through the Metro Denver Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant which was provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and Employment and administered by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (MDEDC). The Metro Denver WIRED Initiative was a partnership among industry, workforce, education, and economic development in the nine-county Metro Denver region. The vision of WIRED to create a home-grown skilled workforce for the region s fastest growing high-wage industries, aerospace, bioscience, energy and information technology-software. WIRED and its partners implemented transformational and sustainable changes in Colorado s education and workforce systems to enhance its region s global competitiveness. WIRED strengthened the talent pipeline at all levels to produce a workforce skilled in STEM. Through the WIRED grant Colorado MESA launched new programs and initiatives. Including enriched after-school mentoring, additional hands-on academic activities and projects, STEM project-based curriculum and a rigorous assessment of the project. It expanded its current college partnerships establishing a MESA Center at CU Boulder and in northern Colorado, at CSU. In keeping with MESA s philosophy, it continues to focus on students who are underrepresented in STEM careers. Major Accomplishments Made Possible Through the WIRED Grant y y y y y y y y y y y y y y MESA Center at CSU MESA Center at CU Boulder NREL Scientist/Mentor Enrichment Programs University Student Mentors: 25 Mentors (over 2700 hours) LASP: Project SPECTRA Materials and Curriculum Smart Energy Living Alliance: Energy Science in the Home Enhanced Curriculum Added Mathematics Component to Project Based Curriculum Project Assessment for Nine-County Area Field Trips for 80 MESA Schools Education Materials: 80 Schools Substitute Teachers for MESA Advisors Support for MESA High School Science and Engineering Jamboree Support for CU Denver MESA Fall Fling Support for MESA Advisor Retreat and Kickoff (MARK) 22 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org HOW TO BECOME A MESA SCHOOL Colorado MESA takes pride in successfully providing an academic structure to ensure success for both our students and participating schools. Minimum requirements y One committed math or science teacher y Regularly scheduled weekly MESA meetings. y One New MESA Member recruiting activity per semester y One family orientation program per semester y A scheduled student tutoring program y One college/university campus field trip per school year y Three guest speakers per semester from university/business/industry with the focus on available careers and job requirements y One individual student/advisor counseling session per semester y Student curriculum that will insure four years of college prep math, science and English. y For high school students, a 3.0 minimum GPA in combined math, science, English curriculum, or agree to work toward attainment of the minimum during the school year. GET INVOLVED TODAY! Volunteer or become an investor of Colorado MESA! Call us at 303.556.2344 Visit us online at www.cmesa.org Email us at [email protected] 23 We look forward to hearing from you. Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org FY 2009 PARTICIPATING MESA SCHOOLS MESA served 161 participating schools in 24 school districts with 3,647 students in Colorado. These schools are located along the Front Range and into the Four Corners, San Luis Valley, Grand Junction and Garfield County. Participating Schools District Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #12 Adams County District #14 Adams County District #14 Adams County District #14 Adams County District #50 Adams County District #50 Adams County District #50 Adams County District #50 Alamosa School District RE-11J Alamosa School District RE-11J School Bollman Technical Educational Center Crossroads Alternative Middle School Federal Heights Elementary Legacy High School Leroy Drive Elementary Mountain Range High School Niver Creek Middle School North Star Elementary Northglenn High School Northglenn Middle School Prairie Hills Elementary Rocky Top Middle School Shadow Ridge Middle School Silver Hills Middle School Skyview Elementary Stellar Elementary Thornton High School Westlake Middle School Adams City High School Adams City Middle School Kearny Middle School Ranum High School Scott Carpenter Middle School Shaw Heights Middle School Westminster High School Alamosa High School Ortega Middle School City Thornton Thornton Federal Heights Broomfield Northglenn Westminster Thornton Thornton Northglenn Northglenn Thornton Brighton Thornton Westminster Thornton Thornton Thornton Broomfield Commerce City Commerce City Commerce City Denver Denver Westminster Westminster Alamosa Alamosa 24 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org Participating Schools District Aurora Public Schools Aurora Public Schools Aurora Public Schools Boulder Valley School District Boulder Valley School District Boulder Valley School District Brighton 27J Brighton 27J Brighton 27J Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Colorado Springs District #11 Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools School Aurora Hills Middle School Rangeview High School William Smith High School Angevine Middle School Broomfield High School Centaurus High School Overland Trail Middle School Prairie View High School Prairie View Middle School Coronado High School Doherty High School Holmes Middle School Irving Middle School Jenkins Middle School Mitchell High School Palmer High School Russell Middle School Sabin Middle School Wasson High School Abraham Lincoln High School Career Education Center CCI Contemporary Learning Academy Denver Online School East High School George Washington HS Goldrick Elementary Grant Middle School Hamilton Middle School Henry Middle School Hill Middle School Kennedy High School Kepner Middle School Kunsmiller Middle School Martin Luther King Jr. Early College Merrill Middle School City Aurora Aurora Aurora Lafayette Broomfield Lafayette Brighton Henderson Henderson Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver 25 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org Participating Schools District Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Denver Public Schools Durango School District 9-R Eaton School District Fountain School District 8 Garfield 16 Garfield 16 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Harrison School District #2 Huerfano School District RE-1 Jefferson County Public Schools Jefferson County Public Schools Jefferson County Public Schools School Montbello High School Morey Middle School North High School Place Bridge Academy Skinner Middle School Smiley Middle School South High School West High School Whittier K-8 School Escalante Middle School Eaton Middle School Fountain Middle School Grand Valley High School L.W St. Johns Middle School Bricker Elementary Carmel Middle School Centennial Elementary Chamberlin Elementary Fox Meadow Middle School Giberson Elementary Harrison High School Monterey Elementary Mountain Vista Community School Otero Elementary Panorama Middle School Pikes Peak Elementary Sierra High School Stratmoor Hills Elementary Stratton Meadow Elementary Turman Elementary Wildflower Elementary John Mall High School Golden High School Jefferson High School New America School City Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Denver Durango Eaton Fountain Parachute Parachute Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Walsenburg Golden Edgewater Lakewood 26 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org Participating Schools District Jefferson County Public Schools Jefferson County Public Schools Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Mesa Valley School District #51 Monte Vista School District Poudre School District R-1 Poudre School District R-1 Poudre School District R-1 Poudre School District R-1 Pueblo School District #60 Pueblo School District #60 Pueblo School District #60 Pueblo School District #60 Pueblo School District #60 Pueblo School District #60 St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J School Creighton Middle School North Arvada Middle School Bookcliff Middle School Central High School Central High School Fruita 8/9 School Fruita Monument High School Grand Junction High School Grand Mesa Middle School Mt. Garfield Middle School Orchard Mesa Middle School Palisade High School Redlands Middle School West Middle School Monte Vista High School Rocky Mountain High School Fossil Ridge High School Poudre High School Lincoln Junior High School Corwin Middle School Freed Middle School Heaton Middle School Pueblo East High School Pueblo South High School Roncalli Middle School Altona Middle School Blue Mountain Elementary Burlington Elementary Casa De La Esperanza Coal Ridge Middle School Columbine Elementary Erie High School Erie Middle School Frederick High School Heritage Middle School City Lakewood Arvada Grand Junction Grand Junction Grand Junction Fruita Fruita Grand Junction Grand Junction Clifton Grand Junction Palisade Grand Junction Grand Junction Monte Vista Fort Collins Fort Collins Fort Collins Fort Collins Pueblo Pueblo Pueblo Pueblo Pueblo Pueblo Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Firestone Longmont Erie Erie Longmont Longmont 27 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org Participating Schools District St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J St. Vrain School District RE-1J Thompson School District R2-J Trinidad School District #1 Weld County School District 6 Weld County School District RE-1 Weld County School District RE-1 Weld County School District RE-1 Weld County School District RE-1 Weld County School District RE-1 Weld County School District RE-1 Weld County School District RE-1 Widefield #3 School Indian Peaks Elementary Loma Linda Elementary Longmont Headstart Longmont High School Longs Peak Middle School Lyons Elementary Lyons Middle School Mead Middle School Prairie Ridge Elementary Rocky Mountain Elementary Sanborn Elementary Silver Creek Middle/High School Skyline High School Spangler Elementary Sunset Middle School Trail Ridge Middle School Westview Middle School Walt Clark Middle School Trinidad Middle School Franklin Middle School Ft. Lupton High School Gilcrest Elementary Mirich Elementary North Valley Middle School Platteville Elementary South Valley Middle School Valley High School Watson Junior high City Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Lyons Lyons Mead Firestone Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Longmont Loveland Trinidad Greeley Ft. Lupton Gilcrest La Salle LaSalle Platteville Platteville Gilcrest Colorado Springs 28 Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org GET INVOLVED MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE! Colorado MESA Staff 29 Pictured left to right: Debbie Woodward, Michelle Walker, David Ramirez, Gale Day, Gloria Nelson, Melanie Haas Colorado MESA State Office Staff Gloria L. Nelson, Executive Director Debbie Woodward, Development Director Michelle, Walker, Administrative Assistant Colorado State University MESA Center Melanie Haas, Director Bo Donegan, Accounting & Bookkeeping (not pictured) Chris Bonilha, Program Director (not pictured) David Ramirez, Program Director University of Colorado Boulder MESA Center Gale Day, Director Get involved or become an investor of Colorado MESA! Visit online at www.cmesa.org or Email at [email protected] Colorado MESA PO Box 173364, Campus Box 104 | Denver, CO | 80217 (303) 556-8547 | fax: (303) 556-2344 | [email protected] www.cmesa.org