Students to compete in math, science, tech

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The Southwest Washington Math, Engineering and Science Achievement program will host its eighth annual MESA Day 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 24 at Clark College.

The event is free and open to the public.

About 120 middle and high school students from the Vancouver, Evergreen and Hockinson school districts will demonstrate their design, problem-solving, mathematical and communications skills in competitions at the event.

The main event will be the wind energy challenge. Students have built devices designed to capture and use available wind energy to complete a set of defined tasks. They will demonstrate their devices, display their academic boards and give oral presentations. Students will also participate in a math Olympiad and will take on several engineering challenges.

The middle school and high school Wind Energy Challenge winners will represent Southwest Washington MESA in statewide competition at Microsoft.

Southwest Washington MESA partners include WSU Vancouver, Clark College, Washington STEM, and Hewlett-Packard. Clark College is at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.