The Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Summer Bridge Program brings together high school students, college student peer mentors, and college faculty to help students prepare for the rigors of college math and science. The program runs 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. After completion of the KapCC Summer Bridge Program, participants may be eligible for a $1200/semester STEM Research Internship or a $3000/semester Peer Mentorship upon enrollment at KapCC. To learn about past Summer Bridge Programs, please click on the links in the menu bar to the left.
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.
Additionally, Kapi‘olani Community College is a recipient of the National Science Foundation S-STEM grant. This grant funds scholarships to select students pursuing STEM careers. STEM students may receive up to $3600 per year (in bi-annual increments) for 1 to 3 years. A reduced award (up to $1500) is available to exceptional Senior Summer Bridge participants.