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WSU welcomes history students for research exploration
February 12, 2014

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – From sewing a miniature book binding to watching a demonstration of shaping a stone tool, nearly 200 eighth-graders from Lincoln Middle School recently took a whirlwind tour of library sciences and anthropological research at Washington State University to prepare for their final history project this spring.

WSU grant will help local middle school students
November 21, 2008

RICHLAND – The Early Outreach Program based at WSU Tri-Cities worked with 17 school districts and 19 community partners in the region to receive $23.2 million in the form of two six-year competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Education under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).
GEAR UP helps middle school students receive guidance and assistance to prepare for and pursue a college education.
“We are fortunate in these rural communities to receive such large grants to help more students achieve their dreams of going to college,” said Genoveva Morales-Ledesma, Early Outreach director. … » More …

Day promotes middle school education
March 5, 2008

VANCOUVER – Southwest Washington Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement will host its fourth annual MESA Day event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at Clark College.

More than 140 middle school students from three school districts will have the opportunity to showcase design, problem solving, mathematical and communication skills on a competitive basis. Schools will compete in the pre-built trebuchet competition and a math olympiad. Students from separate schools will work in collaborative on-site design teams to take on integrated engineering challenges.  Parents and family members are invited to attend the events of the … » More …

Parents learn value of math
November 1, 2007

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Middle school students and their parents can learn why math and science make great career choices during the MESA Middle School Conference this Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside.

MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) is an early outreach program operated through WSU Tri-Cities in Richland.

Workshops for students and parents will teach about the career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; the higher education needed to get those jobs; introduce professionals who can provide advice; plus talk about how to successfully get through the school system and get the financial aid to earn college degrees. … » More …

WSU composer dedicates song to outgoing principal
June 15, 2007

Washington State University music professor Greg Yasinitsky isn’t interested in composing pieces that sit on a shelf. But if his framed scores hang on the wall once in a while, that’s okay.Yasinitsky, the composer-in-residence at Lincoln Middle School, dedicated “Room 806” to out-going principal Bill Motsenbocker. At the final concert of the year in late May, Motsenbocker received a copy of the score signed by the entire Lincoln Middle School jazz band.“I was more honored by that than I think by anything I’ve ever received,” Motsenbocker said later. “I’m a life-long lover of music. I can’t imagine life with out it.” So, he said, to … » More …

Middle school girls learn about career opportunities
April 12, 2007

Richland, Wash. – Up to 150 middle school girls from the Tri-Cities and the Yakima Valley will learn about nontraditional career opportunities Saturday at the Expanding Your Horizons conference. The conference is from 8:55 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 University Drive, Richland. WSU Tri-Cities is the host of Expanding Your Horizons in partnership with the Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, the Society of Women Engineers, and the American Association of University Women. “Expanding Your Horizons is designed to show girls the career opportunities in nontraditional fields,” said Jorge Moreno, MESA middle school coordinator. “They get to meet professionals from … » More …

WSU Vancouver to host MESA Day
May 3, 2006

VANCOUVER, Wash. — WSU Vancouver will be hosting Southwest Washington’s Annual MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20. The MESA mission is to bridge the gap in academic achievement with enriching educational opportunities for African-American, Native American, Latino and female students who are underrepresented in mathematics, engineering and science careers.Southwest Washington MESA students from Jason Lee, Cascade, Pacific, Jemtegaard, Canyon Creek and McLoughin middle schools will have the opportunity to participate competitively in various design activities to showcase their math, engineering and science skills. The competitive design activities will include Math Olympiad, Foil Floaters, Catapault, Straw Towers, Naked … » More …