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This complete evidence-based practice paper presents an innovative approach to a traditional summer bridge camp. This approach, developed by North Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) and implemented at Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC; a tribal college/university [TCU] in North Dakota), was aimed at enhancing the college-readiness and interest in STEM degree programs of recent high school graduates. Research has shown that short and intensive bridge camps have positive impacts early in a participant’s collegiate career, but the results diminish over time. The pilot bridge experience presented in this paper was designed to have a more lasting impact on participant attitudes and preparation. A significant characteristic of the instructional strategy was the inclusion of independent projects. Participants engaged in face-to-face lessons that ranged from improving study habits to learning technical skills that would not only help them successfully complete the pilot bridge camp, but also provide academic skills that would potentially help them to be more successful in an undergraduate program. Participants also learned life skills to prepare them for professional careers. The learning experiences integrated math and technology into hands-on engineering and science projects over three months in 2-3 week intervals. After the completion of each face-to-face session, participants had the needed tools, skills, and information to accomplish each related independent project. The independent projects engaged the participants throughout the summer, built skills and self-confidence in each successive step, and provided an experience that mimicked many of the challenges encountered in a college setting.
Hanson, S. M., & Allard, A. J., & Pieri, R. V., & Comeau, P. J., & Even, M., & Luecke, D. J., & Ostrom-Blonigen, J., & Rusch, K. A. (2020, June), Piloting an Innovative Bridge Camp at a Tribal College to Improve the Transition from High School to College Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35057
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