EPICS High is a designed-based service learning and social entrepreneurship program that focuses on engineering and human-centered design providing solutions to real world problems. We currently partner with just over 30 schools in the greater Phoenix area and have support from great industry partners to continue program expansion. EPICS High has an impressive list of benefits to the students, schools, and community, but one of the best parts of the program is that it’s completely free to our partner middle school, high schools, and community colleges. In addition, our schools are supported with an outstanding curriculum, aligned to standards, and easily available to teachers. With access to ASU’s Fulton Schools of Engineering students and plenty of opportunities for students to succeed, EPICS High is a tool that helps educators move students from observers in their community to participants. Projects have addressed solutions for local as well as global audiences. Examples include develop a water filtration system for families in the Philippines, design a compost system using lunchroom waste for use at school garden, design and build a secure storage system for donated bikes later given to families in need, and develop an app for Lowe Observatory providing broader learning access to the community. We believe in preparing ALL students to achieve high academic goals, attend college, and become community leaders which is at essence and core of our EPICS High program.
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