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Media Advisory: MESA Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2004

Reporters and Editors, Please Note:

Who: DRI hosts MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) event

What: Viva Technology Day, sponsored by U.S. Department of Reclamation

Where: Desert Research Institute, Frank H. Rogers Science and Technology Building auditorium and Conference Rooms 181 and 182, 755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 89119 (at Swenson).

When: Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Why: To stimulate math and science interest among underrepresented middle school students while encouraging them to take a college preparatory curriculum while in high school.

How: Students will experience a hands-on session filled competitive and educational exercises. Students will work in teams led by engineering and science college students. Educational prizes will be awarded.

Visuals: Hands-on science and engineering competitions; interviews with students and teachers.

Guest speakers:Linda Rivera, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; others

Background: IDIN, an acronym for Increasing Diversity in Science in Nevada, is a group of educational programs targeting students who are underrepresented in science, math, engineering and technology fields on the campuses of the University and Community College System of Nevada. Historically, these student groups included African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, those whose parents don’t have a college degree and students from families whose household incomes fall below the poverty line.

UCCSN and the National Science Foundation, sponsors of IDIN, want to increase the chance that students from these groups go to college and earn bachelor’s degrees in science, math and engineering fields. MESA, is IDIN’s program aimed at middle school students. Other programs target high school and college students.