June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Engineering Physics & Physics
A Summer Camp in Engineering Physics for Incoming Freshman to Improve Retention and Student Success
Summer camps have proven to be a valuable tool to attract and recruit students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field. They have been also used to spark their curiosity in areas like mathematics. However, these camps do not help with issues that appear after the student has been admitted at the university. It is well known that many students are shocked when they transition from high-school to college. Many of them do not know how to handle their academic freedom; they start without any friends, and they do not know the campus and the resources available. By realizing this situation a 1-week resident summer camp for incoming freshman has been created at <__>. The goal of this is camp is to help them with their transition from high-school to college. During the summer camp, they review concepts related to Math and Science, they are introduced to the campus and resources available, and they meet other students who are also interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field. The students stay at the dormitories located in campus; they eat in the cafeteria, and they collaborate with the professors in classroom and laboratory settings.
In this document the engineering physics experience and the project used during the 2016 summer will be presented. This experience was divided into lecture, laboratory experience, project design, fabrication, and testing. During the lecture and laboratory experience, the students learned basic concepts of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics necessary to find a solution to the problem given to them at the beginning of the camp. During the project design, the teams will develop multiple solutions for the problem based on restrictions and limitation established by the project. The fabrication is the phase in which the students will start to bring their ideas to life. The students were allowed to 3D print any parts necessary for their design. Finally, they tested their solution to see whether it will satisfy the requirements. In order to assess the success of the project, students were given a pre and post -test with concepts that the students were expected to learn or reinforce during the project. The last component from the engineering physics experience is the advising. The students will meet with the engineering physics faculty to talk about their degree plan, and the courses that they will be taking. The faculty observation from the engineering physics experience and the results from the pre and post –test will be presented in this document.
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