Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999
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MEP Summer Bridge Program: A Model Curriculum Project Maria A. Reyes, Maria Amparo Gotes, Dr. Barry McNeill, Dr. Mary R. Anderson-Rowland
Arizona State University
ABSTRACT Arizona State University's (ASU) Office of Minority Engineering Programs (OMEP) has hosted the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) Summer Bridge Program (SBP) for the past three years. The purpose of the program is to promote greater awareness of and to recruit potential candidates to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at ASU. The program content and curriculum are designed to prepare underrepresented ethnic minority students for success in the CEAS at ASU. The program focuses on community building and utilizes undergraduate student role models, while the curriculum focuses on engineering design, technical communications, and includes a very unique design project. Academic scholarships are awarded to all participants based on a team design project competition.
The design project is a group project that the students complete by the tenth day of the program. The project consists of three elements: web page, design notebook, and an oral team presentation. This unique design project consists of a web-based newspaper that the teams “publish”. The newspaper has certain requirements and specifications, but also allows for creativity on the student’s part. The purpose of the newspaper is to document the team’s experience and activities during the MEP Summer Bridge Program. The intent of the newspaper is to have the students document their processes and experiences in the SBP and to have the teams create a newspaper that promotes the Program to future students, to funding agencies, and to the community.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the three elements of the design project in detail, focusing on the web-based newspaper. In addition, the purpose is to provide web site addresses for viewing the “published” newspapers and to assist in modeling this project for other programs.
INTRODUCTION Arizona State University (ASU) has, for the previous three summers, hosted the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) Summer Bridge Program (SBP). The program is open to underrepresented ethnic minority high school graduates who have been admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) for the fall semester. The purpose of the program is to promote greater awareness of and to recruit potential candidates to the CEAS at ASU. The SBP is a two-week residential program funded through a collaborative effort of the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO), a federally funded agency; the McDonnell Douglas Foundation; the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) Dean’s Office; and the NSF Foundation Coalition. Participants are provided with room and board, classroom materials, and academic scholarships.
Gotes, M. A., & McNeill, D. B., & Reyes, M. A., & Anderson-Rowland, M. (1999, June), Mep Summer Bridge Program: A Model Curriculum Project Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/8141
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