Friday, September 13, 2013

High School Students Complete Summer Bridge Program

Almost 30 D.C. junior and senior high school students completed the Summer Bridge Program in Environment and Sustainability, presenting the findings of their capstone projects before an audience and receiving certificates of completion. A University of the District of Columbia program, Summer Bridge is a collaborative effort between the Center for 4-H and Youth Development and the Water Resources Research Institute, which are both program offices in the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES).
Led by Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, the four week Summer Bridge Program offered students a hands-on opportunity to research the world around them. Dr. Deksissa is the director of the Water Resources Research Institute and the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Summer Bridge Program, which was funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Co-investigators are Drs. Lily Liang, Suzan Harkness and Pradeep Behera, who taught classes in environmental and sustainability science, mobile technologies, cloud computing, engineering design and a capstone project course.

The Summer Bridge Program in Environment and Sustainability was designed to provide junior and senior high school students and incoming college students with interactive experience in laboratory analysis, field study and computer applications. The program culminated in a capstone project. This year’s Summer Bridge program was designed to encourage participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines among youth in the District of Columbia.
The Center for 4-H and Youth Development creates innovative programs that emphasize experiential learning opportunities for young people and their families. Through hands-on interactive programming, participants develop life skills, leadership abilities, and an ethic of civic stewardship.
The Water Resources Research Institute provides the District of Columbia with interdisciplinary research support to identify D.C. water resource problems and contribute to their solution. The Institute supports collaborative research that engages not only faculty members and students, but also a broad array of stakeholders to address regional water issues in a holistic way.
Read the full report at Forest Hills Connection. For more information, contact Dr. Sabine O'Hara at

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