EPICS Gold Courses
GOLD gives EPICS some Sun Devil Spirit as we send our student teams out into the world. The work of each EPICS team will be:
- Green and Sustainable
- Original and Creative
- Promote Leadership Development and Teamwork, and
- Be based on Design and Engineering Fundamentals.
Using the service-learning model, project assignments for the EPICS GOLD sequence of classes can be characterized as follows:
- EPICS GOLD I – Feasibility and planning. One credit.
- EPICS GOLD II – Design and build. One credit.
- EPICS GOLD III – Senior Design capstone. One credit.
This class is taken in addition to the regular senior capstone design course, not in place of it.
Projects are intended to be at least one year in length, meaning that ongoing student participation in EPICS GOLD classes – even for four years – is encouraged. EPICS GOLD projects are performed without charge for not‐for‐proﬁt host organizations such as a community organization, school, or government entity. Student teams are multi‐disciplinary, comprised of a mix of freshmen through seniors.
EPICS GOLD Courses’ Outcomes
- Discipline Knowledge: ability to apply material from your discipline to the design of community-based projects.
- Design Process: understanding design as a start-to-finish process.
- Lifelong Learning: ability to identify and acquire new knowledge as a part of the problem solving/design process.
- Customer Awareness: awareness of the customer project needs, larger objectives and available resources.
- Teamwork: ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and have an appreciation for the contributions fof individuals from multiple disciplines.
- Communication: ability to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.
- Ethics: awareness of professional ethics and responsibility.
- Social Context: appreciation of the role that your discipline can play in social contexts.
“EPICS is a great way to get plugged in at ASU. As engineering students, it’s easy to get caught up in our studies. But really, the college experience is so much more than that. EPICS allows you to join with other students who have the same passion for making a difference. It’s also a great way to learn how to apply what you are learning in the classroom and apply it to real world problems. The lessons learned and connections made in EPICS can greatly benefit students as they move forward.” Billy Walters, Mechanical Engineering
Projects Available-Fall 2013
The City of Tempe will partner with the EPICS program to offer a wide variety of projects for the fall. You can be involved in designing, developing and implementing creative solutions to make Tempe more walkable, one of the first projects in this partnership.
The Prescott Pines team serves the people and churches of the Southwest by creatively shaping a camp setting that fosters learning and challenges individuals to make life-changing decisions. This might be the team for you if you’re interested in solving water drainage issues throughout a camp site while also developing an integrated method for irrigation, developing and implementing a plan to expand the camp’s Wi-Fi internet across its 85 acres of forest, or redesigning and building a bicycle BMX track.
The Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) seeks to improve the lives of individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities through vocational and employment services, day programs and transition programs. You can be part of a project that develops a self-stabilizing work area for those with cerebral palsy or identifies methods to improve cognitive recognition for individuals with specific cognitive needs. Help make an immediate impact by developing real-world solutions to empower people to be successful.
The Tempe History Museum will partner with the EPICS program to improve the experience of Little Butte, also known as, “A mountain.” This project will work to explore and implement methods to preserve and protect historic petroglyphs and the heritage of Little Butte while improving the trail layout and potentially creating a viewing platform.
Harvest for Humanity will partner with the EPICS program to educate the community through educating in the use of sustainable earth-friendly practices to grow fresh quality produce that benefits those in need. EPICS students will work towards problem solving how to find viable transportation for mobile teaching facilities to create community gardens and finding a way to build a sustainable pond.
Check back often for new projects!