WOW! Today while participating in the MESA awards breakfast in Denver, I saw encouragement for "Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement" among middle schoolers and high schoolers from across the country. MESA, www.cMESA.org, brought these kids, mostly minority and female teens, together with a meaningful purpose. This is what our country needs -- a young generation prepared to pursue a passionate purpose of innovation creation. Education is the answer. Here's how and why you can support this effort.
I think back on my own experience in high school -- what a program like MESA would have done for me and many other students. Even though I loved math and science there was no practical forum to put these skills to use to solve real world problems and to learn about career options. There was no one to encourage me to pursue a career in engineering. Not knowing exactly what I would do with it, I did pursue a degree in Mathematics. Good fortune and a connection through a friend brought me to my first job out of college as a Member of Technical Staff with Bell Telephone Laboratories. This changed my life. What more people need are MESAs -- programs which encourage you to reach your potential.
Companies are looking to hire qualified engineers. Matthew Smith, an executive from United Launch Alliance (www.ulalaunch.com) one of MESA's sponsors said, "The average age of the United Launch Alliance workforce today is 47. As more of our workers retire over the next 10 years, we need more qualified graduates. That is why we sponsor MESA."
The program is designed to encourage minority and female students to prepare themselves for a college education and to major in mathematics, engineering or science. MESA's mission is to increase the numbers of economically disadvantaged and at risk students who graduate from high school fully prepared for post secondary education in engineering, mathematics, science, computer science, business, and other math- and science-based fields.
What are you doing to help others to get educated in math, engineering and science? Here are some PRACTICAL POINTERS on you can do:
- Help the kids in your life learn to love mathematics. Encourage them. Show them that math and science are fun.
- Ask your middle and high schools to sponsor a MESA program. If your state does not have MESA, ask why not?
- Volunteer, make a donation, become a sponsor, or create an internship. Learn more at www.cMESA.org.
Did you or do you have MESA in your life? Help create one today so you and others can successfully pursue passionate purpose.