Programs

Applications are now closed!
If your student is interested in the upcoming MEPI 2019-2020 Program Year please contact Paige Riley at paige@mepi.org.

 

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MEPI 7TH-12TH GRADE KICK-OFF PRESENTATION

 

MEPI was established in 1986 with a goal to expose minority students within our community to key concepts related to STEM Careers. Students are encouraged to excel in their studies while placing emphasis on Math and Science. MEPI’s concentrated programs provide a strong foundation for minority students who plan to enter into the Engineering or Information Technology fields. The MEPI program offers students the opportunity to attend sessions throughout the school year with other students interested in these same fields. Below you’ll find requirements for the program, a list of projects and activities that each grade level focuses on and a link to complete an application.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
Placement is based on there being available capacity in the student’s grade level class. Preference is given to returning students.
1. Entering the 6th–12th grade
2. GPA 2.8 or above
3. Has an interest in STEM related fields
a. Phone screens to gauge interest in STEM may take place for 10th-12th grade students
4. Completed application
5. Copy of school transcript, recent report card, or progress report
6. Upon acceptance into the program, annual payment of $35.00 paid in full by first MEPI meeting of the school year*
*Waivers are available for qualifying families.

 

 

MEPI Students working diligently

MEPI students working on a team project

 

6th Grade
The 6th Grade Program provides an introduction to engineering concepts that provide a solid foundation.  The disciplines covered are:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Students work on individual projects to help reinforce the principles while having fun.  Some sample projects include:

  • AM/FM Radios
  • Rockets
  • Remote controlled robots

7th Grade
The 7th Grade Program builds upon the previous year and expands the students knowledge of engineering concepts while expanding into additional disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

During each session there is a short overview of key topics and then students work in small groups to complete a project.  Projects include:

  • Building a bridge with popsicle sticks
  • Making silly putty
  • Making ice cream

8th Grade
The 8th Grade Program continues to build on the foundation.  Here the students are immersed topics related to technical design and building concepts based upon:

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Students work in small teams using Lego building kits and Lego Mindstorm programs to build and program their robots.  Each month the students work on a new aspect of their robot with a goal to be complete by the end of the school year.

9th Grade
In the 9th Grade program, students begin to put everything they’ve learned from previous years to work by participating in our Science Fair.  Early in the year students pick a scientific project and begin researching their topic of choice.  Over the course of 4 months students complete their projects and prepare to present their research.

10th Grade
The 10th Grade Program focuses on Information Technology (IT) and how IT can be leveraged across various fields to help a company meet its goals.  The students learn various concepts in the areas of:

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Product Investment Strategies

The students will work in small groups to develop and build an innovative product that can be used to support the healthcare industry.  Each group is required to develop a business case and supporting web site for their product.

11th Grade
The 11th Grade Program explores the different facets of Aerospace Engineering and the Design Process.  Students experience learning through practical application, formulas and theories as well as processes in critical thinking:

  • Explore the History of Aerospace Engineering
  • Assemble a Turbofan engine
  • Tour Rolls-Royce Aerospace museum
  • Visit to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The students will also learn how to work in teams, interviewing techniques, and receive life skills coaching from the facilitators.

12th Grade
The 12th Grade focuses on preparing the students for high school graduation and beginning their undergraduate studies. Students participate in round table discussions with engineering professionals and discuss topics such as:

  • Selecting a college/major
  • Financial Aid
  • Resume writing
  • Engineering in practice

Students also participate in a mock interview session with HR professionals from sponsoring companies and receive feedback on their resumes and interviewing tips.