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The Engineering Projects in Community Service program, known as EPICS, is a national award-winning social entrepreneurship program. Teams design, build and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organizations. Our students aren’t waiting to graduate to make a difference—they are tackling real-world problems today.

Stair Gardens Named a Winner at CGI U

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

Munir and Mugwisi were winners of both the Social Venture Challenge and the Commitment to Action Certificate.

Munir and Mugwisi were winners of both the Social Venture Challenge and the Commitment to Action Certificate.

Representatives of EPICS Stair Gardens Project, Mohammed Munir and Ngoni Mugwisi traveled to Miami from March 6-8, 2015 for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Mugwisi competed in the Social Venture Challenge on behalf of his EPICS team and became one of fifteen winners out of 191 participants. Winning this provides the team with mentors, resources, networking opportunities, and funding ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.

However, Stair Garden’s accolades do not stop there. Munir and Mugwisi were selected to represent their team during a session entitled “Reclaiming the Concrete Jungle: Investing in Urban Green Spaces.”

At the end of CGI U, Stair Gardens walked away with a Commitment to Action Certificate and interacted with over 200 commitment makers at their exhibit at the CGI U Exchange.

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More to Explore Engineering Workshop

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in News and Events | Comments Off

More to Explore was a success--high school students came to hear Dr. Shrake and Dr. Sebold's presentation on Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

More to Explore was a success–high school students came to hear Dr. Shrake and Dr. Sebold’s presentation on Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Shrake and Dr. Sebold spoke to prospective engineering students at the 2015 More to Explore event.

With over 1500 attendees, More to Explore took place on Monday, February 16 and prospective students had the option to stay the night on Sunday, February 15 with an ASU host student. The event is meant for high school seniors to come and experience ASU—tour the campus and residential halls, attend information sessions, get any questions they have answered, and just get an overall feel of the university.

Shrake and Sebold held an information session on Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship to a packed room of potential ASU engineering students.

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Fit Start Kids Wins Award at SVP Fast Pitch Challenge

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

Congratulations to Courtney Van Bussum and her EPICS team, Fit Start Kids, on becoming a semi-finalist in the Social Venture Partners (SVP) 2015 Fast Pitch Challenge.

SVP Fast Pitch Arizona is a two month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Maricopa County.  The program equips nonprofit leaders to communication their story powerfully and connects them with leaders of the business and funding communities who can help them create a significant community impact.

Fit Start Kids is an EPICS project that is working to encourage better exercise and health habits in elementary and middle school children.

The competition took place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Among the 20 non-profit semi-finalists that participated, Van Bussum helped earn her team an award of $2,000!

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EPICS Student Receives Experiential Learning Grant

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

Electrical engineering student Mohammed Munir has received an EPICS experiential learning grant to attend the Clinton Global Initiative in Miami, Florida.

Munir is the team lead of the Stair Garden Project, which focuses on using alternative methods of non-commercial farming to create a sustainable Garden system in Zimbabwe. This type of garden system would be beneficial because farmers could produce a better variety of crops which would improve both the community’s health and its economy.

The Clinton Global Initiative, which will be held at the University of Miami on March 6-8 this year, engages college students and leaders across the world to help develop solutions to the world’s challenges. Attending this conference would give Munir and his team feedback and possibly even funding to further the production of their project. For instance, two sections are Environment and Climate Change and Poverty Alleviation, which are relevant to the Stair Garden Project.

This opportunity will help Munir and his team come one step closer to improving the farming and economy of Zimbabwe.

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Engineering Smiles Begins Funding for Project

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

Engineering Smiles is now in the beginning stages of gaining funding to build and send their surgical dental unit clinic to Nicaragua.

The team’s mission is to assist IMAHelps—a group specialized in organizing medical missions—in developing a mobile dental facility. Specifically, their focus is with the underprivileged population in Central and South America.

This opportunity to create a surgical dental clinic to send to Nicaragua with IMAHelps would not be possible without the help from the PitchFunder Campaign. This is a relatively new program through the ASU Foundation where organizations can apply and, if accepted, gain coaching and support with fundraising. On average, PitchFunder helps organizations raise approximately $4500.

These campaigns usually last about three months between planning and actually raising the money. Ninety-five percent of the funds raised by Engineering Smiles will go towards their project and the remaining five percent will go to a general ASU fund.

If you would like to help Engineering Smiles send their project to Nicaragua, or are interested in fundraising for your own project, visit the PitchFunder website at pitchfunder.asufoundation.org.

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Fit Start Kids is a semi-finalist

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

The EPICS Team, Fit Start Kids, has just been announced as a semi-finalist in the Social Venture Partners (SVP) 2015 Fast Pitch Challenge!

Fit Start Kids is developing a program where volunteers act as mentors to elementary and middle school children in order to encourage better exercise and health habits in youth.  They are 1 of 3 ASU teams that made it to the semi-finals!  The competition will take place March 4, 2015 starting at 4:30pm with registration at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Applicants were rated based upon: social problem, organization & programs, innovation, potential for significant societal impact and Wow! factor.

SVP Fast Pitch Arizona is a two month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Maricopa County.  The program equips nonprofit leaders to communication their story powerfully and connects them with leaders of the business and funding communities who can help them create a significant community impact.

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a free two-month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Maricopa County. The program equips nonprofit leaders to communicate their story powerfully and connects them with leaders of the business and funding communities who can help them create significant community impact. – See more at: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/arizona/fast-pitch/#sthash.TkjNTz8o.dpuf
a free two-month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Maricopa County. The program equips nonprofit leaders to communicate their story powerfully and connects them with leaders of the business and funding communities who can help them create significant community impact. – See more at: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/arizona/fast-pitch/#sthash.TkjNTz8o.dpuf

 

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33 Buckets travels to Bangladesh

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

The 33 Buckets team set out on their journey this week to Bangladesh to deliver their prototype!  The team has worked over the past year on reforming their team, finding alternative solutions and funding to be able to travel abroad.

33 Buckets will revolutionize the distribution of potable water in Bangladesh, by providing schools with the upfront capital required to install comprehensive water filters while simultaneously establishing sustainable microbusinesses that encourage local entrepreneurs to sell affordable, clean water in their communities. To kick-start our project, we are focusing our efforts on the Rahima Hoque Girls’ School in Baher Char, Bangladesh. Our pilot project will provide clean water to the girls who attend the Rahima Hoque School, and will also provide bulk packages of water to be sold to shop owners at a very low price. Revenue from water sales will cover the maintenance of the water filter and provide funding for the school, while creating an economic incentive for the distribution of clean water throughout the community.

Best of luck to the team in their travel and implementation!

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EPICS Team: Engineering Smiles meets with IMA Helps

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

The EPICS Team, Engineering Smiles, has made advanced progress on their design for providing a surgical dental unit for countries in Central America.  The team has worked all summer to be able to further advance their project.  In early October, the team hosted their community partner, IMA Helps, on campus.  The group met with IMA Helps to update them on their plans, receive feedback from the company and to showcase their project to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean Johnson.  Interested in learning more about the team?  Visit them on Facebookengineering smiles here or visit their website.

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EPICS Program featured in the Mesa Legend

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in News and Events, Teams | Comments Off

Story written by Kian Hagerman, Mesa Legend

For many who seek to affect change in the world, the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program at ASU offers opportunities to do so.

Originating at Purdue University, ASU is one of 20 universities involved in the national EPICS program.

The national program offers methods for any institution to develop an EPICS program; schools have to apply, including information about the class or classes that will be offered and how the standards of the EPICS program are met.

“EPICS is a great opportunity for students to get involved and have a positive impact on their community.  EPICS is designed to allow students to work on real projects positively impacting the lives of real people,” said Scott Shrake, EPICS director at ASU. “Students will actively work on refining their design skills, specifically through using a human centered design approach.  It’s a strong class for professional development, building group and team working skills, presentation skills, etc.”

According to the EPICS@ASU website, volunteers and students in the program join teams that work on different projects with varying goals for not-for-profit organizations; the team Fiji Lights designed and created prototype sustainable lighting for the populace of Fiji.

“We have almost 40 active projects with 30-plus community partners on a local, national, and international scale,” Shrake said. “Engineering Smiles – a group partnering with the International Medical Alliance is developing a mobile dental surgical clinic for use in developing countries.”

To read the entire article you can click here.

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First EPICS Networking Reception a success

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in News and Events | Comments Off

The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program hosted the program’s first ever Networking Reception on September 23, 2013.  The event promoted industry and community partners to connect with EPICS high school and college students.  Dr. Scott Shrake, EPICS director, welcomed industry and community partners from Intel, Honeywell, City of Tempe Vice Mayor  – Onnie Shekerjian, members of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department, Changemaker Central @ ASU, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) and many more were enthused to interact and help EPICS students build their networks and perfect their professional skills.  EPICS High teachers and students from Cesar Chavez High School and ASU Preparatory Academy -Polytechnic were also in attendance as some of EPICS new high schools partners!

Interested in EPICS?  Visit epics.engineering.asu.edu to learn more or enroll in FSE 194: EPICS Gold I for spring 2014!

Questions regarding EPICS, contact Jade Silva, coordinator-undergraduate student engagement at jade.silva@asu.edu.

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