RMC Volunteers Participate in MESA Day 2018

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In 2018, five RMC Research employees volunteered at the annual Oregon MESA Day event. Oregon MESA is a pre-college academic program hosted by PSU that equips underrepresented students with science, technology, engineering and math, invention, and 21st-century skills that results in them being better prepared to graduate from high school, enroll in postsecondary education, and compete in a global marketplace. MESA Day is an annual state competition for the MESA Schools Program. This year, student teams developed products to help the elderly (e.g., cost-effective prosthetic arms and prescription dispensers) that they worked on throughout the school year, and then presented their products to judges as part of the competition. Teams also participated in a zombie competition, where they tested out catapults they built as a way to save humans from hordes of zombies. Winners of Oregon MESA Day have the opportunity to compete at the MESA USA Nationals competition.

RMC Research employees volunteered in a variety of ways including

  • Assisting with Oral Presentations—Student teams presented their products to judges and were live streamed to Facebook and to viewing rooms at Portland State University so parents and teachers could watch. RMC Research assisted in ushering teams in and out of the presentation rooms and in livestreaming the presentations.
  • Taking Photographs—RMC Research took photographs of teams with a polaroid camera as part of the photo booth.
  • Ask a Pro—Students had the opportunity to meet with engineers, nurses, and graphic designers to ask them questions about the field, STEM careers, and college. RMC Research greeted students and organized the flow of students through these small group conversation rooms.
  • Assisting with Logistics—RMC Research assisted students and chaperones with the logistics of what they were required to do (e.g., ensuring students were checking in as they arrived).
  • Surveying Volunteers—As volunteers checked out for the day, RMC Research volunteers assisted with administering a short on-the-spot survey to gather feedback on their experience.

RMC Research was honored to volunteer at this event for the second year in a row! As last year, it was inspiring to see students, families, and teachers engaged in STEM. The event was well organized and the organizers were clearly passionate about both MESA and the MESA Day event.

Find out more about MESA here:

RMC MESA Day 2018
RMC MESA Day 2018
RMC MESA Day 2018