MESA Launch Week 2020
About MESA Launch Week
MESA Launch Week is an opportunity to prepare students for the MESA school year. Students will learn about this year’s theme and challenge, meet and learn from STEM professionals and entrepreneurs, and compete in a mini-competition. Launch Week is open to all new and returning MESA students, and will occur virtually October 19th through 22nd.

Join us for four days of invention and fun!
Sessions in this MESA Launch Week 2020
  • Monday October 19, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
    Opening Ceremony
    Director Tong Zhang welcomes us with what to expect for the virtual MESA year.
  • Monday October 19, 4:25pm - 5:10pm
    Fake News, Social Media, & the Spread of (Mis)Information
    EBeth leads us through solving complex problems using Human Centered Design.
  • Monday October 19, 5:20pm - 5:50pm
    Tik Tok Design Challenge
    This week's mini-competition! How can you design for equity in your community.
  • Tuesday October 20, 3:30-4:15pm
    Marcus Bullock, Flikshop CEO
    Marcus talks tech, connecting families, and equity for incarcerated people.
  • Tuesday October 20, 4:25pm - 5:10pm
    Designing to Save Our Planet
    EBeth leads us through solving complex problems using Human Centered Design
  • Tuesday October 20, 5:20pm - 5:50pm
    Middle School Hangout
    Hangout with MESA students and alumni. Learn what high school is really like.
  • Tuesday October 20, 5:20pm - 5:50pm
    High School Hangout
    Hangout with MESA students and alumni. Learn what college life is really like.
  • Wednesday October 21, 3:30pm-4:15pm
    Marcie + Kelly, YellowScope
    Marcie Colledge & Kelly McCollum talk science, business, and women in STEM.
  • Wednesday October 21, 4:25pm-5:10pm
    Escaping Quarantine: How to Design for Life with COVID-19
    EBeth leads us through solving complex problems using Human Centered Design
  • Wednesday October 21, 5:20pm-5:50pm
    Elevator Pitch: How to sell your idea in less than 1 minute.
    Stephen Green & Damola Omotosho talk PDX start-ups and pitch competitions.
  • Thursday October 22, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
    TikTok Design Challenge Finale
    Join us to view the submitted pitches and vote for the Most Innovative Pitch!
  • Thursday October 22, 4:25pm - 5:10pm
    Sneak Peak: Introduction to New Virtual MESA Programs
    Meet our STEM Coaches, preview Virtual Career Visits, what's new @ OMSI + more
  • Thursday October 22, 5:20pm - 5:50pm
    Closing Ceremony
    TikTok Challenge Winner's Announced & Thank You from MESA Team!
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