UPDATE (April 19): 
8th-graders Andrea and Jocelyn and 6th-grader Karla all earned 2nd-place honors in the Northern California Regional MESA Competition for their work in the Prosthetic Arm Engineering Challenge! (Photos of the student wearing their medals at the bottom of this page.) 

UPA Scholars Win MESA Competition!

On Saturday, April 5, 20 Urban Promise Academy students participated in the Cal State East Bay MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) competition against middle school students from all over the East Bay. When the STEM dust settled, nine UPA students had earned medals and six will be continuing on to the Bay Area Regional Competition in San Jose! Congrats to our young engineeers!

• 8th-graders Andy, Carlos, and Victor won 1st Place in the Prosthetic Arm Engineering Design Competition. 

• 8th-grader Andrea, 8th-grader Medina, and 6th-grader Karla took 3rd in the Prosthetic Arm Engineering Design Competition.
• 7th-graders Ignacio, Eligio, and Orlando finished in 3rd Place in a Team Math Quest Competition where they collaborated to complete a 30-page math test in 50 minutes!


"I could not be prouder of our STEM stars and our STEM rock of a teacher!" said Principal Claire Fisher. "When Tierre started this journey, we had no idea how our kids would do stacked up against the fierce competition of students from other schools and districts. Ms. Tierre created an environment in which they were willing to take a risk, and beyond the our "wins," this experience of persevering has really pushed our accelerated learners in a way they haven't experienced before. Great job, STEM!"