STEM Incubator Introduction


Incubator Courses

One-credit courses for creative exploration in computer science, engineering,
technology, and mathematics
CSC 192 and CSC 192hSTEM Incubator Courses

CSC 192 – for students with no experience in the application area of the particular STEM course section (called “apprentices” in the course)

CSC 192h – for students with previous CS courses or experience in the application area of the particular STEM course section (called “mentors” in the course)

(See course descriptions for each semester below.)

Benefits of joining the STEM Incubator team

  • Access to the STEM Lab along with its specialized hardware, software, and electronic devices
  • Involvement in collaborative, hands-on projects in a chosen area of interest
  • Faculty and student mentors to provide guidance on projects
  • Experience in computational problem solving, an essential skill that adds value to any academic portfolio

Course Overview
CSC 192 and 192 h are one-hour pass/fail courses connecting freshman, CS majors, and non-majors into small vertically integrated teams working on challenging problems and applications in computer science. During the semester, STEM Incubator students engage in peer-based learning through teamwork and collaboration, under the guidance of faculty mentors. Through CSC 192 and 192 h, the STEM Incubator fosters a maker type of learning where new students can experience the value of science before the theoretical principles.

Student Requirements
The ideal types of students for the STEM Incubator courses are:

  • for CSC 192 — underclassmen (undeclared freshman and sophomores) with no programming experience who are seeking hands-on exploration of technology, teamwork, and open-ended design.
  • for CSC 192 h — upperclassmen with CS or other science background interested in contributing with their knowledge and expertise and willing to lead the team in the challenges undertaken in the course.

Specific Problems and Application Areas
STEM Incubator courses are focused around research, teaching, and application interests of participating faculty and may change from one semester to another. Recent courses topics include robotics, 3D printing, bioinformatics, and wearable sensor design.

As a one-hour pass/fail course, CSC 192 and 192 h require 1 hour of regularly-scheduled class time supervised by the faculty mentor, and an additional 2 hours of independent team work each week for students to collaborate on their projects. To receive a pass, each student must submit (by the last day of class) a journal describing their work during the semester. The form of this journal (handwritten, online, webpage, etc.) is specified by each faculty mentor at the beginning of the semester.