2015 MESA State Competition

Prosthetic Arm model used during the object relocation performance at the MESA State Competition.

Prosthetic arm model used during the object relocation performance at the 2015 MESA State Competition.

Students from across Utah competed in the 2015 MESA State Competition this month.

The annual event, which is held in conjunction with USU Physics Day at Lagoon, had a total of eight high schools and three middle schools teams participate.

Following required guidelines, teams use math, physics, and engineering principles to design and build a prosthetic arm. The challenge involves an oral presentation, a poster, and a technical paper explaining the reasoning, math, engineering, and science involved.

Students also perform three tasks using their prosthetic arm:

  • Dexterity
  • Object relocation
  • Distance accuracy

The following two first place teams advanced to the national MESA competition, which will be hosted by Weber State University June 17-20.

Middle: Granite Park Jr. High, Granite School District
Isabel Hernandez, Tila Dulal, Aasutosh Acharya

High: Cottonwood High School, Granite School District
Aruna Dhungel, Dipika Dulal, Hawa Dahir, Asmita Dulal

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