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Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA)

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Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA)
at Albemarle High School

This program is offered at Albemarle High School, but is available to all Albemarle County Public School students. Students must enroll as full-time students and provide their own transportation to Albemarle High School. Applications should be submitted to your school counseling office by the deadline.

The Math, Engineering & Science Academy offers a four-year program designed to prepare students for a college preparatory pathway to a career in engineering. Students will thrive in a state-of-the-art laboratory environment designed to provide authentic experiences in mathematics, engineering, and science. Academy students will explore science and mathematics through the lens of engineering research and design. Students will learn to communicate complex ideas reflecting the rapid growth of technologies applicable in the global community. Students enrolled in the Academy will have the opportunity to experiment with cutting-edge technologies as they interact and intern with professionals in the science, mathematical, and engineering fields.

  
MESA Algebra II / Trig/Pre-Calc, Honors (2-year program)

Students must enter the program in 9th grade. Honors Algebra II is taken in 9th Grade; Honors Trig/Pre-Calc is taken in 10th grade.

Students will complete the Algebra II and Pre-Calculus curriculum in a project enriched class environment that will bring real-world focus and meaning into complex mathematical concepts. Students will study a variety of functions in-depth, along with their applications; uses and derivations of conic sections; systems of equations and their use in engineering design; basic differential calculus and its applications; complex numbers and their uses in electrical engineering; polar coordinates; and more. Enrichment topics, as they relate to the mathematical concepts and/or cross curricular science topics, will be explored throughout the two-year course. Emphasis will be placed on the physical applications for concepts. 

Students will take the Algebra II SOL at the end of the first year. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for the rigors of AP Calculus.

Prerequisite(s): Algebra I and/or Geometry
Corequisite(s): 9th Grade: Honors Physics; 10th Grade: Honors Earth Sci/Chemistry
Credit: 3
Hon Algebra II (9th Grade) . . . . . . . . . . . 3166 (1 credit)
Hon Trig/Pre-Calc (10th Grade) . . . . . . . . 3167 (2 credits)
Grades: 9, 10
MESA Engineering Design / EGR 115
PVCC

​This course allows students to examine systems, the interaction of technology and society, ethics in a technological world, and the fundamentals of modeling while applying the engineering design process to areas of the designed world. Students will participate in hands-on projects in a laboratory setting as they communicate information through team-based presentations, proposals, and technical reports. Students will learn the principles of orthographic projection and multiview drawings. Other topics will include descriptive geometry with relationships of points, lines, and planes. Sectioning, dimensioning, and computer graphic techniques will be introduced. (CTE Code: ​This course allows students to examine systems, the interaction of technology and society, ethics in a technological world, and the fundamentals of modeling while applying the engineering design process to areas of the designed world. Students will participate in hands-on projects in a laboratory setting as they communicate information through team-based presentations, proposals, and technical reports. Students will learn the principles of orthographic projection and multiview drawings. Other topics will include descriptive geometry with relationships of points, lines, and planes. Sectioning, dimensioning, and computer graphic techniques will be introduced. (CTE Code: 8441)

Prerequisite(s): Meet dual enrollment admission requirements; Introduction to Engineering / EGR 120; Calculus AB; Instructor approval
Corequisite(s): Honors Engineering Research II
Credit: 1; 2 dual enrollment college credits with PVCC (transferable to UVA, VA TECH, ODU, VCU)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8450
Grades: 12
MESA Engineering Research I, Honors

​Students will further develop strong research and analytical skills through hands on experiments. Experiments will be in various science disciplines with a focus on data collection, validation, and analysis. A project suitable for entry in the science fair will be required upon completing the 1st semester. The second semester will explore engineering principles and techniques through hands on experiments and research.

Prerequisite(s): Math Analysis; Physics
Corequisite(s): Introduction to Engineering / EGR 120
Credit: 1 (Science elective)
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Grades: 11
MESA Engineering Research II, Honors

​The MESA course is designed to allow students the flexibility to investigate scientific areas that interest them. Guidance that accentuates (stresses, emphasizes) essential skills needed to excel and succeed in a global environment: teamwork, communication and creativity will be provided.

Prerequisite(s): Calculus AB
Corequisite(s): Engineering Design / EGR 115
Credit: 1 (Science elective)
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Grades: 12
MESA Introduction to Engineering / EGR 120
PVCC

​This course allows students to examine systems, the interaction of technology and society, ethics in a technological world, and the fundamentals of modeling while applying the engineering design process to areas of the designed world. Students will participate in hands-on projects in a laboratory setting as they communicate information through team-based presentations, proposals, and technical reports.

This course is dual enrolled with PVCC as EGR 120 Introduction to Engineering. EGR 120 is an introductory-level engineering class designed to introduce students to ideas, concepts, and methods universal to all disciplines of engineering. Engineering design, analysis, and teamwork will be emphasized through a semester-long project involving the Lego® Mindstorms Robot. In addition to problem solving, this class will emphasize important skills that will be useful to students throughout their careers including technical documentation, presentation skills, and the use of softwarebased computational tools for solving engineering problems. (CTE Code: 84This course is dual enrolled with PVCC as EGR 120 Introduction to Engineering. EGR 120 is an introductory-level engineering class designed to introduce students to ideas, concepts, and methods universal to all disciplines of engineering. Engineering design, analysis, and teamwork will be emphasized through a semester-long project involving the Lego® Mindstorms Robot. In addition to problem solving, this class will emphasize important skills that will be useful to students throughout their careers including technical documentation, presentation skills, and the use of softwarebased computational tools for solving engineering problems. (CTE Code: 8439)

Prerequisite(s): Meet dual enrollment admission requirements; Instructor approval
Corequisite(s): Honors Engineering Research I; Applied Calculus / MTH 271
Credit: 1; 2 dual enrollment college credits with PVCC (transferable to UVA, VA TECH, ODU, VCU)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8451
Grades: 11
MESA Physics / Earth Sci/Chemistry, Honors (2-year program)

Students must enter the program in 9th grade. Honors Physics is taken in 9th Grade; Honors Earth Sci/Chemistry is taken in 10th grade.

Students will complete three levels of science in two years in an integrated science course that focuses on research and projects that overlap the disciplines and create a richer understanding of the sciences. The major concepts of earth science, geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology will be studied through the chemistry and physics framework. Chemical bonding, atomic structure, reactions, and gas laws will become the fundamentals upon which earth science is brought into focus. The physical forces of nature and energy relationships along with molecular kinetic theory, waves, gravity, motion, electricity and circuitry will allow the student to understand the sciences and the natural world in a holistic context. The investigative skills used by practicing scientists are heavily emphasized. 

Students will take the Earth Science and Chemistry SOL upon completion of this course. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for the rigors of AP Chemistry or AP Physics.

Prerequisite(s): Algebra I and/or Geometry
Corequisite(s): 9th Grade: Honors Algebra II; 10th Grade: Honors Trig/Pre-Calc
Credit: 3
Hon Physics (9th Grade) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4202 (1 credit)
Hon Earch Sci/Chemistry (10th Grade) . . 4203 (2 credits)
Grades: 9, 10
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