Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Incoming students learn about CYGNSS with M-STEM

Posted: June 22, 2015

Incoming students learn about CYGNSS with M-STEM A CTB class in July 2012. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

The transition from high school to college is often challenging. That’s why U-M created a program that provides students with a supportive and academically rigorous experience in the summer before college begins.

The program, known as M-STEM (Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) aims to increase, strengthen and diversify the number of U-M undergraduates pursuing degrees in STEM.

Students taking part in M-STEM this summer will learn about rocketry and solar energy, and they will build their own radio, in a course designed to teach students the science and engineering behind the CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) mission.

The course is called Crossing the Boundaries (CTB) and its goal is to show students how different subject areas such as math, physics and computing come together in a unifying engineering project.

Topics for this year’s CTB include basics of hurricane formation and movement and scientific goals and engineering challenges of CYGNSS. To reinforce these ideas, the students will have four laboratory exercises that address certain aspects of the mission, such as getting satellites into orbit, taking measurements of scattering and reflection, harvesting solar energy and data communications.

Professor Joanna Millunchick of MSE will be teaching the CTB CYGNSS course with help from Associate Research Scientist Frank Marsik.

In addition to the pre-freshman year summer program, M-STEM also provides academic coaching and support during the freshman and sophomore years.

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