|The AVID Summer Bridge programs are designed to strengthen students' math and science skills and to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in eighth grade Algebra 1 and advanced math courses. They provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities for students to explore math and science in high-engagement environments that are rigorous, yet enjoyable for students.
Schools use the middle school Math Bridge programs to open access to advanced courses for students not previously identified for those courses.
The math programs are also used to deepen content knowledge for students prior to their enrollment in the subsequent math courses.
The thematic Science Bridge programs enhance students' critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Students engage in real-world applications of science concepts by actively investigating scientific problems, conducting laboratory investigations, and analyzing information through qualitative and quantitative processes.
Math Bridge Programs
The two math programs are designed to provide a means of acceleration to advanced math and promote enrollment in 8th grade Algebra I. They are also used to provide additional instruction or enrichment prior to or after 7th/8th grade math courses. To evaluate student progress after participation in the math programs, AVID collects student-level data on the students' performance in math classes and on state exams for the school years prior to and after the bridge programs.
Math for 7th Grade:
The Math for 7th Grade program can be used to accelerate students from on-level 6th grade math to advanced 7th grade math or as an enrichment program prior to or after 7th grade math. The content focus areas include rational number operations and concepts, algebraic expressions and equations, proportionality, and measurement. The results of an end-of-bridge exam provided by the school district, state exam scores, and previous course grade averages can be used to determine placement in 7th grade math.
The Algebra Readiness program strengthens students' understanding of fundamental math and algebraic concepts to provide a solid foundation for success in Algebra 1. It can be used to accelerate students from on-level 7th grade math to 8th grade Algebra 1, additional instruction prior to 9th grade Algebra 1, or as an enrichment program prior to or after 8th grade math. The content focus areas include algebraic equations, linear equations, transformations, multiple representation of functions, geometric figures, and graphical analysis. The results of an end-of-bridge exam provided by the school district, state exam scores and previous course grade averages can be used to determine placement in the subsequent math course.
Middle School Science
The Mission Possible science program engages students in hands on science to develop critical thinking and scientific problem solving skills, and to make science fun! It is designed for students in the 7th to 8th grade transition, but can be used for other grade transitions. In the program students track a dangerous scientist around the world to prevent his release of a deadly microorganism. On their virtual journey they perform scientific investigations in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and math that relate to the geographic area where they have followed the scientist.
ProPhone and the Environment
An Integrated Math and Science Environmental Project
The ProPhone and the Environment program is a project-based learning opportunity in which students use inquiry-based activities and investigations in environmental science, biology, and math to solve a real-world problem. It is designed for students in the 8th to 9th grade or 9th to 10th grade transition. The project culminates in student presentations to an adult panel of judges. The focus areas include student investigations in experimental design and analysis, soil and water testing, topographical maps, biodiversity, population growth, data collection, and mathematical analysis.
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