EPICS is an engineering design service learning program that incorporates the engineering and human-centered design processes in providing solutions to real world problems facing society.To identify and address these problems, EPICS High teams typically work closely with their schools or not-for-profit agencies. ASU’s EPICS High program promotes an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing the creativity and expertise of students both already interested in STEM fields, as well as the skills of students outside of engineering or that haven’t yet been exposed to engineering, to develop and implement these solutions. In doing so, students not only provide a needed philanthropic service, they also hone their skills as engineers and entrepreneurs.
The ASU EPICS High program also engages students to instill in them the importance of service and to increase the pipeline of students interested in STEM pathways. The EPICS High School program has proven to be an engagement tool for developing a life-long appreciation for STEM and service learning.
One of the strengths of the EPICS programs is the scale of the broader impacts. EPICS projects benefit parties across multiple levels. The most obvious group impacted are the students taking the EPICS courses, as they experience measurable personal and professional development. Going beyond just the education and growth of the students involved, the projects are designed and developed to improve the quality of life for people locally and globally. The challenges addressed by EPICS teams focus on the largest impact areas: Education, Accessibility, Community Development, and Sustainability. Collaborations with several local and international non-profits help enable those agencies to add further capacity or be able to help an increased number of vulnerable populations.
As the program continues to have success and its resources grow, the already tremendous impact will continue to improve the lives of a broader audience.
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