Howard Unviersity: PCES 2016


Introducing the Coursework

The program started off by introducing students to the concepts of electricity, the basic components and the basic laws guarding electricity.In order to help students, understand it more intimately and how what they were doing is everywhere in the world around them, they were required to carry out several labs. To be specific, Topics and their labs carried out were:  Ohm’s Law  Low Pass Filter  Diodes  Three Pass Synchronous Generators To ensure they are ready to be engineers, we felt in essential to make sure they had sound basics in mathematics, so several of the warm-up sessions consisted of math problems. Some topics had to be retaught, while some just required refreshing. In particular, we went through the basics topic specifically, from simultaneous equations in Algebra to Geometry to Calculus. Even throughout the course, several exams were given to determine each student’s academic area of strength and weakness, to help them realize it and work on it if need be. After the initial math test, we determined there where two students in the 90th percentile, two students in the 80th percentile and one student in the 50th percentile. We then gave them sample SAT question and noted the various topics of math and tried to map out their places where they repeatedly make errors as we did the correction in class while encouraging them to do their own corrections or participate in the group class corrections. This summarizes how throughout the program as a mentor, we were able to keep track of the students’ progress and help them improve.


The students were able to work on their projects from the second week, and as mentors in the evening, we had to help them utilize the programming skills they had learnt and several skills such as team work, time management, being resourceful for information in order for them to complete their project and the reports and power points on it. The students successfully completed the prototype on the following projects:
1. SOUND SECURITY: A security system that alerts homeowners with various tunes based on whatever situation is happening in the house i.e. something breaking, a spark, fire etc.
2. SMART CLOCK: Since time is the most valuable commodity, they built a clock that will be integrated into the whole house that allows the user to customize it any way he wants, whether he want to be reminded of the weather before he leaves etc.
3. SMAUTOLIGHTS: Tending towards energy efficiency, these lights only come on when there is someone in the room and go off when the person leaves.
4. TEMPERATURE SENSOR: With ranging applications, hey built a temperature sensor that put on an LED with the slightest amount of heat.


This year 2016 PCES Residential STEM academy hosted 13 students from different high schools across different states. As usual the goals remain the same, to expose students to engineering, the hands-on approach and help prepare them for college by simulating the college experience and showing them the importance of teamwork, time management, quality and many others.

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