Almost 100 first-year Wright State University students participated in the Academic Advantage Program, a pre-college math boot camp offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
“When they come into Wright State to be engineers, they’re supposed to be calculus-ready but not all students are,” said Craig Baudendistel, Ph.D., director of engineering mathematics.
The 87 students who attended the camp on Aug. 8-12 refreshed their math knowledge by using real-world engineering examples, improved their math placement level, acquired skills needed for all college courses and connected with professors and classmates.
“It was definitely worth it,” said Alex Thomas, first-year mechanical engineering major. “I feel a lot more confident going into this semester.”
Now in its 23rd year, the program is open to first-year students in all majors with the goal of easing the transition into the courses students will take in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students hoping to improve their math placement level had an opportunity to take the ALEKS math placement test on the final day of the camp.
“The professors were excellent,” said Monica Brutto, a cyber security major. “They explained concepts in new ways that make it seem that it’s not too challenging.”
The Academic Advantage Program is sponsored by AES Ohio Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Leidos and Winsupply.