2012 Summer Bridge

The Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Summer Bridge is an intensive six-week program for recent Hawaii high school graduates interested in exploring careers in natural sciences and engineering. To help students familiarize themselves with the college environment and establish a strong foundation in math and science, students are mentored by college faculty and student peers in a supportive and engaging setting. The program runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a two-hour math course, collaborative study time, and hands-on activities. The program has two tracks: HāKilo (ecology) or ‘IKE (engineering) that feature learning and work opportunities in these fields each afternoon. Over the summer, students not only learn about college, they also explore the relevance of modern science and engineering to sustainability and Hawai‘i’s past, present, and future.

In the HāKilo Summer Ecology Experience, students explore ecology through ‘āina focused activities. Projects have included biodiesel processing and ahupua‘a-level water quality assessment in urban O‘ahu and this year will focus on poi and kalo microbiology and aquaponics food systems. Students meet professionals, participate in service learning, and through direct experience, learn about careers in environmental fields from natural resource management to oceanography.

In the ‘IKE Summer Engineering Experience, students explore engineering through hands-on design projects. Projects this year will focus on aquaponics energy and pumping systems and electric guitar design and construction. Through visits to different sites, students learn about opportunities in sustainability-related engineering on O‘ahu. Students opting to continue on the Kapi‘olani CC ‘IKE pre-engineering pathway move together as a cohort in the following years to ensure successful transfer to the UHM College of Engineering. ‘IKE SEE1 is part of a 6-campus collaboration to build stronger UH system pre-engineering pathways. Participating campuses include also Windward, Leeward, Honolulu Community Colleges and UH Maui College. To view photos and videos of the Summer Bridge Programs, please see the links below: