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EPICS High School Project Examples

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Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park , IL

The Nazareth Academy EPICS program is helping the MidAmerica Service Dog Foundation.

EPICS students are making tennis ball throwers that hook onto wheelchairs so dog owners with limited arm mobility can play catch with their service dogs. EPICS Club is going to design/engineer/build other devices to make the lives of service dog owners easier, like leash to collar connectors that can be fastened using large motor skills as opposed to fine.

In this video the students are describing the process of designing a treat dispenser for a service dog that would help the stakeholder.



Foxcroft School, Middleburg VA

Using STEM to prepare young women for the 21st century

Foxcroft School uses EPICS as a way to make STEM compelling and to reach students who do not see themselves as being math/science oriented. Teams have created and delivered projects for a number of community partners.

Engineering students built a three-piece canine agility course for the Middleburg Humane Foundation, which operates a farm shelter, rescue, and rehabilitation facility for abused and neglected animals in Marshall, VA.

A second team built two wheelchair accessible picnic tables for the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. The tables provide an accessible space where soldiers can visit with family and friends and are designed to allow limited mobility veterans to sit surrounded by their guests. Boulder Crest Retreat provides housing for wounded soldiers for up to two weeks as they integrate back into society.

Foxcroft Web site




Agawam High School, MA

Nanotechnology Through Marine Aquaculture

At Agawam High School, EPICS students are studying nanotechnology through marine aquaculture. Students are cultivating photosynthetic algae to examine and experiment with hundreds of species of diatoms. Modern applications for diatoms include controlled carbon fixation, information storage and transmission, biosensors and optical technology. Diatoms lend themselves to nanotechnology because the cells become smaller with each generation. In May, teams of EPICS students will travel to our Junior High to share their results and present an original Power Point on nanotechnology careers in marine biology. Another future nanotechnology project will involve the study of nanoparticles in the sea which may influence climate change.


Rancho Solano High School

Worm Farm

The IB Chemistry, Biology, and Physics classes at RS spent the day with the EPICS class to build a worm farm and study the benefits of using the worm castings (manure) for agriculture. They worked with Matt Martinez ‘14 and the Bridge Program, both from Princeton University, to help design and implement this technology in a remote village in Peru. A large worm growing area was developed and several garden plots were planted to measure the effects of worm castings on plant growth and pest resistance.

Sammamish High School, Bellvue WA

Teaching students about Nano Technology

EPICS students from Sammamish High School in Bellvue Washington held a NanoFair on June 8, 2015 to teach middle school students about nanotechnology. Over 250 students from Tyee Middle School participated. The event was such a success that the EPICS program has been asked to host the event during the 2015-16 academic year.  

The EPICS team r worked with the Bellevue School District Special Education Department and modify or adapt motorized ride-on cars for handicapped preschool students.

The project started with one car that was modified to be controlled with a push button on the steering wheel instead of using the gas pedal to operate the car. The car was also equipped with a restraint system to help support the preschool students while driving and to keep the students secure and safe. As part of this project, the pair wrote a winning grant proposal that provided an additional $1200 in funding to modify four additional cars for the Special Education department. The additional cars will have a variety of modifications based on the needs identified by the stakeholders including head controls and knee controls. It is expected that all five cars will be completed at the end of the year.