The 22nd Annual MESA Olympics & Robotics Competition will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8:15 am – 2:00 pm at San Diego City College.
- Sign-in begins at 8:15 am
- Olympics competition from 9:00-11:00 am
- Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering student panel from 11:30-12:00 pm
- Robotics competition from 12:00-1:30 pm
MESA students from San Diego State University, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, high schools in the MESA Schools Program (San Diego and Imperial Valley), and National Society of Black Engineers Pre-College programs will be participating.
The event is segmented in problem-solving sessions and a robotics competition designed to promote teamwork, engineering and problem solving skill development.
The Olympics competition has teams of up to 4 students solve technical problems in mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering.
The competition is broken down in 3 academic levels:
- Level 1 is the beginner level. Students competing at this level are high school seniors or freshmen. The competition worksheet includes problems from Introduction to Chemistry, Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus.
- View Olympics Level 1 practice exam / solutions
- Level 2 is the intermediate level. Students competing at this level are college freshmen and sophomores. The competition worksheet includes problems up through General Chemistry, 1st and 2nd semester Calculus (high school equivalent is A.P. Calculus), and 1st semester Physics (i.e. Mechanics).
- View Olympics Level 2 practice exam / solutions
- Level 3 is the advanced level. Students competing at this level are juniors and seniors. The competition worksheet contains problems up through Calculus 3, Differential Equations, Physics 2 + 3 (i.e. Electromagnetism), Statics, Dynamics, Fluids, Ethics, and other E.I.T. material.
- View Olympics Level 3 practice exam with solutions
The Robotics competition uses the LEGO Mind storm NXT 2.0 robotics kits for teams of up to 4 MESA students to build robots to complete 2 challenges-an obstacle course, and a head-to-head competition. The nature of the obstacle course and battle will be distributed with the Robotics kits after teams are formulated and also found below: