NATIONAL STARS. Hudson Middle School students (from left) Rose Chelsea Lubang, Kyrene Aganon, Michelica Balajadia and Christina Le were on the winning team.     

    For the second consecutive year, a team of students from Hudson Magnet Middle School in Long Beach has won first place at the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) National Engineering Design Competition.

    Team members Kyrene Aganon, Michelica Balajadia, Christina Le and Rose Chelsea Lubang, and advisor James Mills, beat more than 14,000 other students in the California preliminary and regional competitions before topping teams from seven other states during the championship last month at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Wash.

    Hudson’s wind energy device was judged on mechanical power and wind-to-vehicle transfer power as well as the students’ oral presentation, technical papers and academic display. Students learned design principles such as torque, generating and storing wind energy and environmental science principles.

    The wind energy competition was part of MESA Days, a yearly showcase of students’ math and science know-how. Through MESA and MESA Day competitions, students can explore future careers in science, engineering and other technical fields.

    MESA is an academic preparation program that serves more than 20,000 California pre-college, community college and university students who are educationally disadvantaged. About 60% of MESA high school graduates go on to study math, engineering or science in college, which MESA representatives said is imperative when California’s ranking has slipped to 45th in the country for science and engineering graduates.

    MESA students in Long Beach are served by the MESA center at California State University, Long Beach’s College of Engineering.

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—Ashleigh Oldland

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