IKE is a six-campus UH system collaboration focused on the development of a pre-engineering pathway in the community colleges. This effort specifically focuses on developing a framework supportive of Native Hawaiian students in pursuit of engineering careers. Native Hawaiians and other minority groups are consistently underrepresented in modern science and engineering fields; the intent of 'IKE is that through the evolution of successful pre-engineering programs in the UH system, we will gain insights on engineering education best practices that may be applied to other indigenous-serving higher-education institutions.

In the short term, the goals of 'IKE are to (1) create a quality pre-engineering core curriculum that prepares Native Hawaiian students and other underrepresented students for progressively higher-level courses in engineering and to (2) build a community of practice in engineering that connects Native Hawaiian and other students, mentors, undergraduate researchers, advisors, cohorts, faculty instructors and researchers, and community partners including professionals as well as elders and community-based organizations.

Above is a video of one of the student group presentations. One of the main projects the students participated in during the 2012 IKE Summer Bridge Program was electric guitar building. At the conclusion of the project, the students completed a fully functioning electric guitar and gave a presentation on what they learned through the process.

For more information about the Kapiolani Community College STEM Program or the Summer Bridges, please contact:
Kapiolani Community College STEM Program
4303 Diamond Head Road, Kokio 202
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 734-9425
Fax: (808) 734-9151
Email: kccstem@hawaii.edu or stemkcc@gmail.com
Website: stem.kcc.hawaii.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/KCCSTEM

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