Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teams competed in the regional Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) events held March 28-29 at North Point High School. Overall winners were selected at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels.

The overall winners are Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Piccowaxen Middle School and Henry E. Lackey High School. They advance to the state competition set for May 5 at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Middle and high school teams that earned a first-place award at the Charles County regional event also advance to the state-level competition. The advancing teams are from Milton M. Somers and John Hanson middle schools, and La Plata and North Point high schools.

First-, second- and third-place teams in each challenge receive awards and one overall winner is chosen at each level. The teams that earn the most points throughout the competition are chosen as the overall winners.

Elementary school teams compete in four challenges: SCRATCH Cyber Security Awareness Game, Effective Communications, Wood Bridge and Storybook Theme Park Ride.

The following teams placed at the elementary level:

SCRATCH Cyber Security Awareness Game:

  • Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, first place;
  • Mary H. Matula Elementary School, second place; and
  • Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, third place.

Effective Communications:

  • William A. Diggs Elementary School, first place;
  • J.C. Parks Elementary School, second place; and
  • Craik, third place.

Wood Bridge:

  • Craik, first place;
  • Gale-Bailey Elementary School, second place; and
  • Matula, third place.

Storybook Theme Park Ride:

  • Diggs, first place;
  • Craik, second place; and
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, third place.

Middle school teams compete in four challenges: Interactive Game Design with ALICE, Hovercraft, Wood Bridge and the Arduino STEM Solutions engineering challenge. The following teams placed at the middle-school level:

Interactive Game Design with ALICE:

  • Piccowaxen, first place;
  • General Smallwood Middle School, second place; and
  • Somers, third place.


  • Hanson, first place;
  • Smallwood, second place; and
  • Matthew Henson Middle School, third place.

Wood Bridge:

  • Piccowaxen, first place;
  • Mattawoman, second place; and
  • Somers, third place.

Arduino STEM Solutions/Engineering Challenge:

  • Somers, first place;
  • Henson, second place; and
  • Hanson, third place.

High school teams also compete in four challenges: PYTHON Cyber Robot, Battleball Robot, Wood Bridge and the Arduino STEM Solutions engineering challenge. The following teams placed at the high-school level.

PYTHON Cyber Robot:

  • La Plata, first place;
  • Lackey, second place; and
  • Westlake High School, third place.

Battleball Robot:

  • Lackey, first place;
  • Westlake, second place; and
  • North Point, third place.

Wood Bridge:

  • North Point, first place;
  • La Plata, second place; and
  • St. Charles High School, third place.

Arduino STEM Solutions/Engineering Challenge:

  • North Point, first place; and
  • Lackey, second place.

CCPS teams compete as a separate Maryland MESA region due to a high level of participation. Maryland MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science and technology.

The program’s goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians and related professionals at technical and management levels; and to serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields. More information about MESA is available at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building,P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.