EPICS High (Engineering Projects in Community Service)
Founded by Purdue University the motivation behind the EPICS High School program is to enable high school students to connect engineering with people and local community needs. While interest in engineering has been declining, civic engagement among teenagers is near historic highs. Of high school seniors, 83% entering college have participated in some type of community service or service-learning. Many honors diplomas now require service. EPICS High is providing an opportunity to tap into this wave of volunteerism while working to interest more students in STEM fields.
High Tech High has been one of the pilot schools for this program at the high school level. Our students have worked with more than a dozen different local non-profit organizations to solve real problems for real customers. Below you will find two assistive technology projects done for United Cerebral Palsy. This first is a motorized line following paper holder and the second is a winch lift hand truck.
Current Engineering Design Teams
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