MEP summer bridge program: A model curriculum project

Maria A. Reyes, Maria Amparo Gotes, Barry McNeill, Mary R. Anderson-Rowland

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1999
Event1999 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education to Serve the World - Cahrlotte, NC, United States
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 23 1999


Other1999 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education to Serve the World
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCahrlotte, NC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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