The Kapi`olani Community College (KCC) science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) Summer Bridge Program is an intensive 3-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.
Two summer Bridges were conducted this year:
The Junior Summer Bridge Program ran from June 11– June 29, and was attended by 18 Native Hawaiian students from 17 local high schools. High school 11th 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 4:00 p.m. with a two-hour math preparation class and an hour of collaborative study. Students were also introduced to science software such as Vernier, STEM career fields in Hawai`i and abroad, and undergraduate research opportunities. Each afternoon students worked on a STEM project designed around the concept of WATER. Students learned to operate high-end Water sensers to test its quality. Samples were taken on various streams throughout the island of Oahu for intensive testing.
The Senior Summer Bridge Program ran from July 16– Aug 2, and was attended by 23 Native Hawaiian students from 19 local high schools. High school 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 4:00 p.m. with a two-hour math preparation class and an hour of collaborative study. Students were also introduced to computer building, software programming using Alice, fuel cell technology, and STEM career fields in Hawai`i and abroad, and undergraduate research opportunities. Students also participated in an F-1 Grand Prix race using model cars power by Fuel cell technology. A more thorough description of each of the projects can be found below:
Senior Summer Bridge
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. Pictures from the computer building project.
Alice (Computer Animation)
“Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.” – www.alice.org
Students attending the Senior Summer Bridge developed a virtual reality world using the Alice software. Based on a theme from the song “White Sandy Beach” written by Willie Dan and performed by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole, our Summer Bridge students created a 3 minutes virtual movie using their newly acquired skills on Object Oriented Programming. More pictures from the Alice project.
Fuel Cell Cars (Grand prix)
The remote-controlled fuel cell car project was a combination of chemistry and engineering disciplines. Students learned about hydrogen fuel cells, their application as a fuel source for motor vehicles, and the advantages they provide from an environmental perspective. Students then designed their own remote-controlled cars and were given small fuel cells to power their vehicles. The project culminated with a ceremony and a remote-controlled car race, which was attended by many important members of the community, including Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona. A short video of the fuel cell car race can be seen below.
Junior Summer Bridge
The water quality portion of the 2007 Junior Summer Bridge combined biology and chemistry. Using TI calculators with installed Vernier hardware and software, students were able to take readings at various locations along a stream. The students then brought the data back to the classroom for further analysis. After studying their findings, the students were able to draw conclusions in regards to the state and health of the stream. This project not only allowed the students to learn about biology and chemistry, but also about the environment and the history of the islands natural resources. More pictures from the water quality testing 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. Pictures of the Sea-Perch project.
Project Director: Dr. John Rand, phone:734-9433
Summer Bridge Mathematics: Herve Collin and LaVache Scanlan
Ecology: Professor Hank Snider, Dr. Bob Moeng, Professor Nelda Quensell
Space Science and Engineering: Dr. Maria Bautista
Outreach Coordinator: Keolani Noa, 734-9236