"This is not 13th Grade": Making the Transition to College through Coding




Caglayan, Okan
Ande, Sreedevi
Coronado, Erik
Martinez, Max
Handowski, Samuel

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American Society for Engineering Education


The Summer Coding Academy 2017 at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) was designed for the first-year freshman and transfer students with a declared Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major. The camp participants were from diverse STEM fields that included engineering, biochemistry, nuclear medicine science, biology, computer information systems, meteorology, and 3-D animation & game design. The objectives of the camp were (1) to improve the student’s preparation for a rigorous STEM degree, (2) to increase their skills in communication and data analytics through coding and robotics. This paper describes the teaching materials that we utilized, the results of students evaluations, lessons learned and the future work.


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Caglayan, O., & Ande, S., & Coronado, E., & Martinez, M., & Handowski, S. (2019, April), ñThis is not 13th Gradeî: Making the Transition to College through Coding Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Gulf-Southwest Section Annual Meeting, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, TX 78705. https://peer.asee.org/31595