STEM Education and Pennsylvania MESA

Temple's initiatives offer K-12 students access to programs aimed at increasing interest in professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.


The College of Engineering sponsors STEM Education in middle and high school students by provinding opportunities to learn about engineering and other applied science careers. We are Pennsylvania’s designated hub for the nationally recognized Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) program, which serves nearly 50,000 regional K-12 students each year. Students get exposure to competitions such as the MESA prosthetic arm challenge, and teachers receive great resources to enhance teaching.

Our purpose is to engage students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and motivate them to persist in these lucrative, high demand careers. The two strategic approaches to achieve our goals include providing engineering education through the MESA initiative, including resources, training, mentors and technical assistance to help create engineering and technology clubs after-school and to create pilot programs, test for relevance and effectiveness, and offer as specialized Saturday Academies or summer camps.

Programs have covered biomedical research, computer science, naval engines, bioengineering, Navy logistics and music and technology. Temple then helps to provide teacher training and resources to support adoption in schools that lack the expertise to design effective programs of their own.


  • Over 1000 Students Served from 84 PA and Philadelphia Region Schools
  • 84.71% of PA MESA STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE (Compare at 70% PA and  64% National Averages)
  • Over 60 Teachers Trained in Professional Development Course to facilitate MESA curriculum in their schools. 

For schools interested in the award winning MESA after school program, please review the MESA Advisors Handbook and other resources. 

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