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.

Pennsylvania MESA Competitions 

FINAL Registration date: March 17, 2017

Please click here to register for the Pennsylvania MESA middle and high school engineering/computer science competition. The event will be held at Temple's College of Engineering, from 8 am-4 pm. Winning middle and high school teams will represent Pennsylvania in the upcoming MESA USA National Engineering Championship June 20-24, 2017.

The College is located at 1947 N. 12th Street and with plenty of street parking for parents and friends. There's still a good amount of time to prepare your school's team to participate, so call our office at 215-204-6225 or email us at for resources or help.

Spring 2017 PA MESA Engineering Days:

March 18th - MESA coach's "build day" at Temple Engineering, 9am-3pm

April 8th - MESA Saturday Academy participants travel to US Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, 8am-8pm

April 15th - MESA coach's "build day" at Temple Engineering


  • 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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