Science & Math Education in ACTION
ACTION Summer Bridge Program
Dates for Summer Bridge 2013: July 7 – August 2, 2013
The ACTION Summer Bridge is an excellent link between high school and college life providing multiple benefits to student participants. This month-long program prior to the first year of college enables incoming freshmen to live on campus in order to get familiar with the BGSU surroundings and get acclimated before the fall.
One of the aspects students enjoy the most about coming to the Summer Bridge program is the friendships that are built before college even starts. It can be daunting to arrive on campus with 4,000 unfamiliar freshmen. Because of the Bridge program, ACTION students already have 25-30 friends to start off the school year.
During the Bridge program, students engage in a variety of daily morning and afternoon hands-on sessions during the weekdays that are related to science, mathematics or education. Many faculty members assist with the Summer Bridge, enabling students to meet multiple instructors who they will encounter in their regular courses as they pursue their degrees.
Some favorite hands-on sessions in the past have included:
- Reptiles and Biodiversity
- Lawn Sprinklers and Concession Stands
- Bacteria Life (and Death)
- Multiplying People, Dividing Resources: Global Math and Science Activities
- Forensic Chemistry
- Enhancing Science and Math with Technology
- Physics with Rockets
Several field trips are included in the Summer Bridge program as well as many fun evening and weekend events right on campus. Students experience balance between academics and social events.
The ACTION funds cover all expenses during the Summer Bridge including:
- Three (3) credit hours of tuition at BGSU
- Housing in Offenhauer West (air-conditioned residence hall)
- On-campus meals
- All program field trips, events and materials
This summer program allows students to get familiar with campus and the Bowling Green community making it easier to find their way around in the fall. In fact, when they come back to campus, many find other freshmen asking them for directions!