Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory offers a wide range of opportunities for students to explore various math, engineering, and science challenges for AACPS students in grade 3-12.
About Maryland MESA
Maryland MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) is an exciting and engaging after-school program for students in grades 3–12 designed to spark their interest in STEM education and STEM careers. The program seeks to:
- increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and related professionals at technical and management levels, and
- encourage and assist minorities and females in achieving success in these fields.
Hosted by APL since 1976, when there were just two schools in Baltimore City, the MESA program now reaches students in eight Maryland school districts. Through project-based team competitions, students experience engineering, computer programming, physics, and many more STEM disciplines while developing strong communication and collaboration skills. MESA students are able to see the real-world applications of what they are learning in school, develop the STEM skills they will need in the future, and begin to see themselves in STEM careers.
Maryland MESA is administered by APL and joins ten other MESA USA programs in serving over 49,000 students annually.