Craik, Somers, North Point named top MESA schools

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Eight Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) teams placed in the el­e­men­tar y Math­e­mat­ics, En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence Achieve­ment (MESA) com­pe­ti­tion held Fri­day, March 31, at North Point High School, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. Stu­dent teams com­pete in com­pe­ti­tions that test their abil­i­ties in math­e­mat­ics, en­gi­neer­ing and sci­ence.

Dr. James Craik El­e­men­tary School was cho­sen as the over­all el­e­men­tary school win­ner. This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive year that Craik has earned the over­all school award. Awards are given for first-, sec­ond- and third-place teams in each chal­lenge and one over­all el­e­men­tar y school win­ner is cho­sen. The school that earns the most points through­out the com­pe­ti­tion is cho­sen as the over­all win­ner and ad­vances to the state level.

As the over­all el­e­men­tary school win­ner, the Craik team ad­vances to the state com­pe­ti­tion sched­uled for May 18 at the Johns Hop­kins Ap­plied Physics Lab­o­ra­tory in Lau­rel.

Teams from the county’s 21 el­e­men­tary schools par­tic­i­pated in the fol­low­ing four chal­lenges: Wood Bridge, Ef­fec­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, SCRATCH Cy­ber Security Aware­ness Game and Sto­ry­book Theme Park Ride.

The fol­low­ing teams placed at the com­pe­ti­tion. Wood Bridge: •Craik, first place;

•Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School, sec­ond place; and

•Gale-Bai­ley El­e­men­tar y School, third place. Ef­fec­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tion:

•William A. Diggs El­e­men­tary School, first place;

•Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy El­e­men­tar y School, sec­ond place; and

•Dr. Thomas L. Hig­don El­e­men­tary School, third place. SCRATCH Cy­ber Security Aware­ness: •Craik, first place;

•Hig­don, sec­ond place; and

•Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy, third place. Sto­ry­book Theme Park Ride:

•Mary H. Mat­ula El­e­men­tary School, first place;

•Diggs, sec­ond place; and

•J.P. Ryon El­e­men­tary School, third place.

Teams from 11 Charles County Pub­lic mid­dle and high schools placed in the sec­ondary Math­e­mat­ics, En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence Achieve­ment (MESA) com­pe­ti­tion held March 30 at North Point High School, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. Stu­dent teams com­pete in com­pe­ti­tions that test their abil­i­ties in math­e­mat­ics, en­gi­neer­ing and sci­ence.

Mil­ton M. Somers Mid­dle School was named the over­all mid­dle school win­ner and North Point was named the over­all high school win­ner.

First-, sec­ond- and third-place teams in each chal­lenge re­ceive awards and one over­all mid­dle and high school win­ner is cho­sen. The mid­dle and high school teams that earn the most points through­out the com­pe­ti­tion are cho­sen as the over­all win­ners.

As the over­all win­ning schools, teams from Somers and North Point ad­vance to the state com­pe­ti­tion sched­uled for May 18 at the Johns Hop­kins Ap­plied Physics Lab­o­ra­tory in Lau­rel.

Ad­di­tion­ally, teams from Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle and Henry E. Lackey High schools ad­vance to the state event as first-place win­ners at their re­spec­tive lev­els in the Pros­thetic Arm chal­lenge. Win­ners in the Pros­thetic Arm chal­lenge at the state level ad­vance to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion later this sum­mer.

Mid­dle school teams com­pete in four chal­lenges: In­ter­ac­tive Game De­sign with ALICE, Hover­craft, Bass Wood Bridge and Pros­thetic Arm. The high school teams also com­pete in four com­pe­ti­tions: PYTHON Cy­ber Ro­bot Chal­lenge, Bat­tle­ball Ro­bot, Wood Bridge and Pros­thetic Arm.

The fol­low­ing teams placed at the mid­dle school level: In­ter­ac­tive Game De­sign with ALICE: •Somers, first place;

•Matthew Hen­son School, sec­ond place; and

•Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School, third place. Hover­craft: •Hen­son, first place;

•Somers, sec­ond place; and

•Pic­cow­axen, third place. Wood Bridge: •Somers, first place;

•Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School, sec­ond place; and

•Mat­ta­woman Mid­dle School, third place. Pros­thetic Arm: •Small­wood, first place;

•Hen­son, sec­ond place; and

•Somers, third place. The fol­low­ing teams placed at the high school level: PYTHON Cy­ber Ro­bot Chal­lenge: •Lackey, first place;

•La Plata High School, sec­ond place; and

•St. Charles High School, third place. Bat­tle­ball Ro­bot: •Lackey, first place;

•North Point, sec­ond place; and

•La Plata, third place. Wood Bridge: •North Point, first place;

•St. Charles, sec­ond place; and

•La Plata, third place. Pros­thetic Arm: •Lackey, first place.

Charles County stu­dents com­pete as a sep­a­rate Mar yland MESA re­gion due to high lev­els of par­tic­i­pa­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. Mary­land MESA pre­pares stu­dents for aca­demic and pro­fes­sional ca­reers in math­e­mat­ics, en­gi­neer­ing, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. The pro­gram’s goals are to increase the num­ber of en­gi­neers, sci­en­tists, math­e­mati­cians and related pro­fes­sion­als at tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment lev­els and to ser ve as a driv­ing force in en­cour­ag­ing and as­sist­ing mi­nori­ties and fe­males in achiev­ing suc­cess in these fields.

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