National Engineering Design Competition
The theme for the 2020-21 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC) is Designing for Equity.
The Creative Reaction Lab explains that “Equity-Centered Community Design is a unique creative problem solving process based on equity, humility-building, integrating history and healing practices, addressing power dynamics, and co-creating with the community. This design process focuses on a community’s culture and needs to create a future with equity for all.”
For this project, student teams will identify an individual or group who experiences some type of inequity (i.e., a user). Using a microprocessor as the key component of the design, teams will employ human-centered design practices to engineer a solution. Teams must use at least one of the following microprocessors as the main component of their design: Arduino, Circuit Playground Express, and/or Micro:bit.
“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.”
The MESA Program is built around our design challenges. Every year, MESA works to provide engineering design challenges developed to provide students opportunities to:
- Learn and Implement the Engineering Design Process
- Gain exposure to new areas of STEM like Human Centered Design, Renewable Energy, Computer Science, Additive Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.
- Develop 21st Century skill sin critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication