2006 Summer Bridge

The Kapi`olani Community College (KCC) science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) Summer Bridge Program is an intensive 4-week program that brings together Junior and Senior high school students, college student peer mentors, and college faculty to help students prepare for the rigor of college math and science. The Summer Bridge Program ran from June 12 – July 7, and was attended by 23 Native Hawaiian students from 16 local high schools. High school 11th and 12th graders were engaged in multiple activities designed to promote group involvement, revisit and strengthen personal knowledge in math and science and to instill individual confidence. The program ran Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a two-hour math preparation class and an hour of collaborative study. Of the eleven 12th graders who attended the 2006 STEM Summer Bridge Program nine students have been attending KCC in Fall 2006 and two students have been attending UH at Manoa. Of the 11th graders who attended the program all have made a verbal commitment to attend KCC in Fall 2007 and a few have expressed an interest in KCC’s running start and early enrollment programs.

The Summer Bridge Program is based on project-based activities where students are able to learn on the way to accomplishing a larger goal. Listed below are the major projects that the students completed.

Computer Building

The KCC STEM Program started a very innovative project by implementing the computer building portion of the Summer Bridge Program. For two weeks, the students worked with IT experts to assemble a high-end desktop PC from scratch. The students were given the individual parts, such as the processor and the motherboard, and were assisted by instructors in creating a working computer. In addition, once the hardware portion of the project was completed, students were taught how to load the proper programs and software needed to perform necessary tasks, such as word processing and web-surfing. Although the entire process was both informative and entertaining for the students, perhaps the best part of the project came at the end, when the students were told that the computers were theirs to keep. More pictures from the computer building project.


In today’s engineering environment, the majority of the work is done on a computer. Before fabricating a physical sample of the product, models must first be created in electronic form using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Without proper knowledge of how to use this type of software, engineering students would be at a severe disadvantage. For the Auto-CAD portion of the Summer Bridge, the KCC STEM Program brought in experts in CAD to teach the students how to use the software. The students were then given assignments to design various shapes and objects using the information that was given to them by the instructors. More pictures from the Auto-CAD project.


The goal of the Sea-Perch Program, which was created in 2003 by the MIT Sea Grant College Program, is to teach instructors all across the country how to build a simple Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from inexpensive materials, such as PVC piping. The instructors then help students to build their own ROV’s, which are then deployed for research missions. The instructors at the KCC STEM Program enrolled in the Sea-Perch Program in order to teach the Summer Bridge students how to build their own ROV’s. The students learn about buoyancy, density, and other scientific concepts in the process of building a working ROV. More pictures from the Sea-Perch project.

2006 Summer Bridge Final Report PDF


Project Director: Dr. John Rand, phone: 734-9433
Summer Bridge Mathematics: Herve Collin and LaVache Scanlan
Chemistry: Dr. Naresh Pandya
Space Science and Engineering: Dr. Maria Bautista
Biotechnology: Dr. John Berestecky
Ecology: Dr. Bob Moeng, Professor Nelda Quensell, Professor Hank Snider
Professional Development: Professor Judith Kirkpatrick
Outreach Coordinator: Keolani Noa, 734-9236