PREP | Chicago State University
The Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science (PREP) is a pre-college program where students create, collaborate and compete in a simulated student race challenge. We use 1:10 scaled radio remote control cars to explore STEM. The PREP Program also provides opportunities to teach students how to code using VEX Robotics Systems, Lego Robotics Systems and Arduino Boards. PREP was established to make students aware of the professional opportunities in engineering and to encourage them to take more mathematics/science in high school. Activities were designed to stimulate interest in math/science which often leads to student enrollment in and successful completion of a STEM collegiate curriculum. The program is beneficial to students because it provides critical insight into the engineering profession and builds confidence in their ability to handle rigorous STEM college majors.