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“High Schools Improving Lives with Engineering Projects in Community Service-Learning” . Design. Grow. Prepare. Serve. Explore. Succeed. http://epics-high.ecn.purdue.edu/. Pamela Dexter EPICS High School Program Coordinator Purdue University. Characteristics of Service-Learning.
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“High Schools Improving Lives with Engineering Projects in Community Service-Learning”
Pamela DexterEPICS High School Program CoordinatorPurdue University
In New York:
Frederick Douglass Academy
A Phillip Randolph
Columbia Secondary School
Syracuse City Schools (Henninger)
Shoreham-Wading River HS
Prospect Hill Academy
High Tech High
Andrew P. Hill HS
Yerba Buena HS
Pleasant Grove HS
IPS Career & Tech Center
Columbus C4 Program
Bedford North Lawrence HS
TC Howe School
George Washington Comm. School
University High School
Harbor Beach HS
North Huron Schools
Ubly Community Schools
Bad Axe Schools
Included in the mission of the EPICS High program is outreach to underrepresented populations. Reports from schools in April 2009 show the following impact:
EPICS High is creating a variety of models to replicate throughout the nation. Of the 34 existing schools, current models are:
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List of Project Underway:
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Projects Underway in 3 Areas
Aquaponics Tank in Harlem Senior Center
Design water quality sampling station for the East River
High school students are using their robotics program to work with middle and elementary age students in a mentoring program
In Addition: Developing a system for students to partner with elementary school teachers and create projects to help them teach science
The Frederick Douglass Academy
Pacific Ridge School Campus Stewardship Project
Elementary School Outreach Project
Students are working with all food pantries in county to sep up a computerized inventory system for tracking food items and customer information
Listed in the curriculum are 3 sections with each module that state learning objectives, national academic standards, and 45 lesson plans
Easy Steps for getting started :
Assessment of the EPICS High program currently consists of:
EPICS Effect on Student Motivation By Population
Student Attitudes In Pre-survey When Entering Into An EPICS Program…..
EPICS High held its 3rd summer training session in 2009. 80 individuals attended. In 2010, training will be held the week of July 13th at Purdue University. Training will include both existing and new schools with sessions on the following topics:
Training is designed to give teachers and administrators the tools and resources needed to implement and maintain EPICS High programs
“I knew very little prior to this training and now feel confident to start EPICS at my school.”
2007 Teacher Training Participant
EPICS has the potential to play a role in addressing many current issues including:
EPICS High continues to bring together the resources for a large-scale national roll-out. Due to the success and overwhelming interest in the program, long-term plans have been accelerated.
Plans for growth include:
1. Focus on a community service or service learning activity your school is engaged in.
2. In your small groups, discuss what class this activity could be incorporated into. How could the activity grow into something that is more of an academic experience?
3. Share ideas with larger group