Arizona MESA

Exposure to STEM

College and Career Mentorship

Youth Inquiry

Highly-engaging, Relevant, Hands-on Experiences

Peer Support

Helping each other reach goals

College Readiness

Taking steps toward higher education


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a school based outreach program designed to increase access to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathways and encourage college readiness for low-income, minority or first-generation collegebound students in grades 6-12.

Arizona MESA’s approach is based on four pillars:

  • Active Learning – teachers facilitate weekly meetings where teams of students participate in challenging and engaging hands on projects and activities designed to explore the MESA Engineering Design Process
  • Exposure to STEM – through design competitions, extension events on university campuses, and connections with college and career mentors.
  • College Readiness – through activities, resources and events developed by the UA Office of Early Academic Outreach as part of its Start Now college knowledge campaign (
  • Peer Support – by supporting the development of college-minded peer groups that support and encourage each other throughout the K-16 pipeline. 

To learn more please visit our website at AZMESA.ARIZONA.EDU

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For more information, please contact Manny Leon or Bill Pike.

MESA receives funding has historically received funding from Raytheon and the Salt River Project, with some support through a gift from the Morgan Family Foundation.