The idea of a ball launcher came about to address the problem of elderly people needing to exercise their dogs daily. This ball launcher will be able to move easily and will be both compact and lightweight.
Hereford High School, located in Baltimore County, is a very large school with many halls and places to get lost as a freshman or new student. In order to help with the ongoing chaos of the halls, I created an online mapping system for the school.
Two-hundred area high school students from 11 schools across Northern Minnesota converged on Itasca Community College (ICC) on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in an effort to “bring an enhanced pre-engineering curriculum to their classrooms focused on the EPICS design process” according to ICC engineering program co-coordinator Derek Fox.
This year, Amundsen has doubled their Engineering course offering, and 46 students are currently enrolled in the two classes. Additionally, the Dyson Engineering Girls Club, which started last year with a group of girls meeting in a classroom during their lunch, has become a full-fledged after-school club with several new members.
Disney II’s team – which has grown since the end of the previous school year – has launched the EPICS K12 curriculum with students. The students got creative with their reimagining the purpose of assorted household items in one activity – and had a lot of fun filming pitches for these new products.
So far in EPICS, the students have gotten their feet wet by designing and building cardboard prototypes of the eight EPICS scenarios. They took to it very well. With very little instruction on how to build prototypes, they produced quite good final products. Lesson learned: always have more hot glue sticks on hand, they go fast!
"Engineers from day one" is the identity new undergraduates are encouraged to adopt in Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The idea is to motivate students not to wait until they finish their schooling to actually do some real engineering.
IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced recent milestone projects of EPICS in IEEE. EPICS in IEEE enables university and high school students to design and implement meaningful service learning engineering projects, and to improve the lives of citizens in their own communities through funding and local partners.
The EPICS program has been featured in an article in the April issue of the NSTA Report examining programs throughout the country that are impacting schools throughout the nation. This article interviews two of our EPICS schools, Foxcroft in Virginia and Desert Vista High School in Arizona and the projects they are conducting that are using Engineering Design combined with Service-Learning to engage their students and impact their communities.