Students to Face Off in Fast-Paced Robotics Contest

UCR’s MESA Robotics Invitational supports STEM education in local schools

MESA Day (high school students)

Students attending a past MESA event

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( —More than 300 middle and high school students from across Riverside and San Bernardino counties will compete to build the best terrestrial drones at the MESA Robotics Invitational competition, set for Saturday, Nov. 21 at the University of California, Riverside.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will take place at the Bourns College of Engineering’s Winston Chung Hall.

This year’s theme, “Attack of the Drones: The Revenge,” will challenge students to design drones that out-perform the competition in agility tests and combat simulations. Middle and high school students will compete at different levels, with the middle school teams using Lego robotics kits and the high school teams using the Vex robotics platform.

The event is hosted by the Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Schools Program at the UCR Bourns College of Engineering. MESA provides academic enrichment services and opportunities to teachers and students in engineering and science, while focusing on serving disadvantaged and underserved student populations. Now in its 8th year, the event will draw 33 teams from 12 schools in Moreno Valley, Colton, Rialto, Corona, Ontario and Victorville.

“The MESA Robotics competition is one of our most popular events among students and teachers alike,” said Carlos Gonzalez, director of UCR’s MESA program. “While the students are having fun designing, building and programming their robots, they’re also learning important concepts about engineering, computer science, and, of course, teamwork.”

The top three teams in each competition will receive awards, with additional distinctions going to teams that demonstrate the best sportsmanship and the most creative design.

Print and broadcast media are invited to attend and free parking is available in UCR Lot 24.

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