About EPIC

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Our Mission

EPIC-Engineering Possibilities in College shares Cal Poly’s College of Engineering mission “to educate students for careers of service, leadership, and distinction in engineering or other fields by using a Learn by Doing, hands-on approach." As one of the college’s outreach programs, EPIC aims to facilitate a participant’s exploration of engineering fields and build a community of like-minded individuals.

Our History

EPIC-Engineering Possibilities in College summer camp began in 2007 with 20 middle/high school female students as a Cal Poly student half-day camp project. Since then, EPIC has expanded to include four annual sessions accommodating over 640 participants each year. One session is for middle school students and three for high school students. All sessions are residential offering participants a more full experience of campus life and the ability to envision themselves as college students.

However this year in light of COVID-19, we have decided to make this year's camp 100% virtual. 

Hands-On Labs

At EPIC, participants explore the world of engineering in live two-hour virtual labs that introduce the many different fields of engineering, including the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Participants learn about real-world projects when they hear and learn from professional engineers during labs and speaker series. Past engineering professionals have been from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Raytheon, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Trust Automation, Melfred Borzall, and Next Intent.

Participants also learn a lot from their counselors. All counselors are Cal Poly Engineering students! 

To view lab, descriptions click on the session you are interested in on the EPIC 2020 page.

Virtual Social Activities

EPIC isn’t all work and no play. Participants will have the opportunity to make new friends during virtual activities that may include home scavenger hunts, talent show, Kahoot games, and spirit competitions. 

EPIC 2020 DATES

  • Session 1 (Rising 7th-9th grade): July 6-10
  • Session 2 (Rising 10th-12th grade): July 13-17
  • Session 3 (Rising 10th-12th grade): July 20-24
  • Session 4 (Rising 10th-12th grade): July 27-31

Eligibility Criteria

Acceptance into EPIC is based on the essay written, interest to learn about engineering, and indication student has applied themselves to their studies based on g.p.a, classes taken, and extracurricular activities. The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program. 

Requirements: Students must have access to a computer, reliable internet, and a non-school district issued address. 

Application Process

To submit an application you will need to sign up for a login on the Home page. Once logged in, you will be able to add a camper and submit an application. Although the application requires an adult to log in, the participant will need to complete a portion of the application. This will include submitting an essay answering why they would like to attend EPIC. Please only submit one application per account. Students must have a non-school issues email address listed on the application. A parent email address may be used for students as long as the students will have access to the emails sent from EPIC with instructions on how to access their virtual classes. Although the program is not first-come first-serve, we strongly encourage you to apply early and submit before the deadline. 

Applicants do not need to submit a letter of recommendation or send in transcripts. There is also no fee to submit an application.

2020 Registration Fee

Fee Amount: $400

Highlights of the camp: 

  • Live two-hour Monday-Friday Virtual Engineering class 
  • Daily live virtual office hours to help with engineering project 
  • Live virtual speakers: Cal Poly Admissions, Industry Speaker, College Life, Engineering Majors, Engineering Student Panels 
  • Live virtual Social Events: Scavenger hunt, talent show, and more 
  • Virtual Tours: Cal Poly, College of Engineering, and Housing 

Scholarships

EPIC offers partial scholarships to campers based on financial need. We strongly encourage participants to apply for a need based scholarship as soon as possible as funds are very limited.

Transportation

EPIC 2020 will be completely delivered virtually. Therefore, we will not be offering transportation. We hope to have EPIC 2021 back on campus and will be offering transportation again then. 

Admission Criteria

Decisions are made based on the essay written, interest to learn about engineering, and indication student has applied themselves to their studies based on g.p.a., classes taken, and extracurricular activities. The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program.

Requirements: Students must have access to a computer, reliable internet, and a non-school district issued email address. 

Deadline to Confirm Attendance

 

Attendance will be confirmed by submitting payment. Please submit payment by the deadline provided in the admission email. 

 

Waitlist

Participants who are admitted from the waitlist will have a week from the admitted date to accept, complete registration, and finalize payment. 

Payment Deadline

Payment deadline will be stated in the admission email along with the scholarship code if one has been awarded. The discount will be applied to the registration fee. All payments must be made online using a credit card. Checks are not accepted. Participants who fail to pay by the deadline will be dropped. 

Participants who wish to cancel their registration must follow the cancellation policy. Cancellations must be made in writing at least 15 days prior to the event start date in order to receive a refund. $100 minimum registration fee and 3% credit processing fee is non-refundable.

More Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information. If you still have questions, email us at epic@calpoly.edu.

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