Programs

The application period for the 2020-2021  MEPI program year has ended. If you are an interested parent and would like to be contacted about the next program year, please contact
Paige Riley  (paige@mepi.org)

 

  

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
4. Completed application
5. Copy of school transcript, recent report card, or progress report for new students only
6. A student headshot (photo)
7. Upon acceptance into the program, annual payment of $35.00 paid in full by October 30*
*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 a fuel cell car
  • Making ice cream

8th Grade
The 8th Grade Program continues to build on the foundation with introductory Physics, Python and Arduino programming. There is  an emphasis on coding and robotics technology.  Students build and program a robot to mimic basic industry functions and take a field trip to see robotics technology in action.

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. There is an emphasis on the application of technical skills including programming, mechanical and electrical engineering concepts to build a functioning car, catapult and model city complete with hydraulic powered buildings and powered lighting components.  Students participate in an end-of-year science fair, in which outstanding students are awarded prizes.

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. Students may also visit the campus of Purdue University and an IT corporation.

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. There is also a focus on college selection and preparation, which include steps involved in taking the SAT.

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:

  • Goal setting
  • Study skills
  • Financial Aid
  • Resume writing
  • Time management

Students also participate in a mock interview session with HR professionals from sponsoring companies and receive feedback on their resumes and interviewing tips. The highlight is an annual trip to the NSBE National Convention and Job Fair.