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.
SolidWorks is a three-dimensional mechanical Computer Aided Design (CAD) program that runs on Microsoft Windows and was developed by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation. SolidWorks is one of the major players in the CAD field and is used by designers and engineers all over the world. For this reason, a SolidWorks course was chosen to be one of the major projects for the 2009 Senior Summer Bridge Program. Over the duration of the course, the students were able to work closely with SoldWorks experts. After receiving the proper training, students were given instructions and tasked to complete designs on their own. More pictures from the SolidWorks project.
The biodiesel portion of the Summer Bridge Program is a joint project between the Culinary Arts Department and the KCC STEM Program. The entire college has made sustainability and environmental education a priority. The biodiesel project is just one example of the types of programs that have been implemented on campus. The waste cooking oil from the Culinary Arts Department is cleaned, processed, and refined in order to produce biodiesel that can be used to power specially modified motors. In the case of the 2009 Senior Summer Bridge, the students used the biodiesel to power a modified cart. This project helped the students to learn about concepts related to engineering, chemistry, and sustainability. More pictures from the Biodiesel project.
Junior Summer Bridge
The first major component of the 2009 Junior Summer Bridge Program was the Geographical Information System (GIS) Project. Essentially, GIS is the use of cartography and database technology to electronically map a given area. This project not only taught the students how to use state-of-the-art hardware and software, but also exposed them to historically significant sights in Hawaii. Within this project, the Summer Bridge students were able to learn about technology and engineering while simultaneously reconnecting with the land and its history.
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.