Discipline: Mathematics and Statistics
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
Camille McKayle - University of the Virgin Islands
Co-Author(s): Aimee Sanchez and Robert Stolz, University of the Virgin Islands
The Mathematics Behind the Science (MBS) Summer Program seeks to provide a strong mathematics foundation for incoming students and increase students’ understanding of and interest in computation, leading to more students taking computer science early in their college career. Students will be recruited from the pool of declared STEM majors who have been accepted to UVI. The Math Behind The Science bridge program includes four components: (i) pre-calculus or algebra component with a PLTL approach; (ii) scientific reading and writing; (iii) introduction to computing; and (iv) STEM Freshman Development Seminar (FDS) – How to be successful in STEM, with integration of growth mindset curriculum. The program resulted in the majority of students being placed in college level Calculus courses at the beginning of the Fall Session. We will discuss the format of the program, the curriculum and the outcomes.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF HBCU-UP HRD HBCU-UP 1137472
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,