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. More pictures from the computer building project.
CricketSat and LabView
CricketSat is a remote temperature sensor circuit developed by the Space Systems Development Laboratory at Stanford University. The instructors participating in the Summer Bridge Program attended a CricketSat workshop to learn how to build, calibrate, and fly the sensors. The circuits are simple student-built PC boards that convert temperatures to a tone that is then broadcast over a radio frequency. After the students completed the construction of the sensors, the transmitting sensors were attached to a helium filled balloon and flown through the sky. The students were then able to measure atmospheric temperature as the balloons increased in altitude. More pictures from the CricketSat and LabView pojects.
Junior Summer Bridge
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.com
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 computer animation project.
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. More pictures from the Sea-Perch project.