WEEK ZERO: Fostering Academic Success
Week Zero is an event that is conducted prior the first week of instruction, MESA Director, Consuelo Gonzalez, in collaboration with BC’s STEM professors and staff welcome students to an intense six days event that is about learning, exploring science and building new relationships.
Week Zero, hosted by MESA and funded by Chevron, is offered to BC’s recently declared STEM majors; to prepare them to meet the challenges of the rigorous science courses they would be taking during the upcoming fall semester. Week Zero participants have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of subjects including: Chemistry, Green Technology, Solid Works, Biology, and CIM Electronics. One of the many exciting classes offered during the past event was Mr. Kimball’s Chemistry class; where he showed students how to obtain valuable nutritional information by teaching them how to measure the concentration of orange juice. Another stimulating class was the Green Technology class taught by Mr. Rigby. In this activity, students learned about clean energy and had the exciting opportunity to build their own solar powered cooker! Students also have the option to take part in several STEM projects that include the Math Jam, the Statics Camp, Microcontroller Camp, Solidworks, Biology, and the Leadership Project.
In addition to academic preparation, the organizational structure of Week Zero also provides the students with the opportunity to network and build relationships. Students are grouped based on their majors and have the opportunity to meet the classmates, faculty and staff who would be working with them very closely throughout the upcoming academic year. The success of Week Zero is evident from the positive remarks received from students that participated in the last event. When asked to comment about his experience with Week Zero Alfredo Esparza, a first year MESA student stated “…not only were the projects cool, but I was also able to make new acquaintances; I learned about all of the clubs that are available on campus and now I’m very involved in school”.
Week Zero is a fantastic way of helping student’s transition to the academic year. The week’s activities actively engage a community of scholars and prepare them to meet the rigorous academic challenges of the STEM college level coursework. Week Zero offers the advantage of becoming familiar with the available sources on the BC campus; provides students the space to build connections with their peers, professors and BC staff. Week Zero will definitely be an event to look forward to next summer. The MESA Week Zero team invites all eligible students to participate on this event and looks forward to continue fostering an environment of academic success.
And on behalf of the MESA Program, we want to say THANK YOU to
Chevron for its contribution on this program.
And on behalf of the MESA Program, we want to say THANK YOU to Chevron for its contribution on this program.
If you have any questions about this event, contact our MESA center at
If you have any questions about this event, contact our MESA center at (661)3954776