Engineering Projects in Community Service

Posted on August 12, 2006  Comments (1)

Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at Purdue University provides students the opportunity to apply engineering to provide real world solutions in the community (since 1995). Over 25 projects are underway including:

  • Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology – to design new software and hardware to spark the interest of girls in technology. Projects include: multimedia computer games; interactive and intelligent toys – the link includes downloadable games
  • Columbian Park Zoo – to design, build, deliver, and maintain engineering projects that will aid the Columbian Park Zoo in inspiring the community with an appreciation for the world’s animals.
  • Discovering Engineering Careers – to Develop portable, hands-on demonstrations of engineering principles and practice and web-based games that will spark interest in engineering careers among elementary, middle, and junior high school students and teachers.
  • Klondike Elementary School – to design custom educational products involving both hardware and software.

The EPICS program expanded nationally in 1999 and now is active in over 15 universities (and includes programs at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Bedford North Lawrence High School, in Indiana).

Tag: engineering education

One Response to “Engineering Projects in Community Service”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » NSF Engineering Education Program Grants
    November 10th, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

    Extraordinary Women Engineers (start date Oct 2006) – “to encourage more academically prepared high school girls to consider engineering as an attractive option for post-secondary education and subsequent careers in order to increase the number of women who make up the engineering workforce.”

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