EPIC 2021


January 2, 2021 - Online application Opens

April 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM (PST) - Online application Closes

TBD - Admission decisions are sent via email to all applicants

TBD - Full payment and registration

TBD - All required material must be postmarked on/before

Who can apply

EPIC is open to all rising 7th-12th graders. The program’s primary goals are to attract more female, first-generation and low-income students to the field of engineering and inspire them to choose it as a career path. However, ALL students are welcome to apply regardless of background. Acceptance into EPIC is based on the essay you write and an indication (from your GPA, the classes you have taken, extracurricular activities, etc.) that you have applied yourself to your studies. The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program.

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

How to apply

You can find information and steps on how to apply here.

Required Materials

Transcripts and letters of recommendation are NOT needed.

Virtual Program ONLY:

  • Must have access to a computer to run Zoom: Windows PC Mac, or Linux
  • Must have access to a non-school issued email address
  • Must enter the student/applicant email address on the EPIC application

EPIC 2021 Details

Virtual Program Dates

  • Session 1 June 21-25          Grades 7-8
  • Session 2 June 28-July 2    Grades 9-12
  • Session 3 July 5-9                Grades 9-12
  • Session 4 July 12-16            Grades 9-12
  • Session 5 July 19-23            Grades 9-12

Grades are based on Fall 2021 enrollment.

Highlights and Daily Schedule (Pacific Standard Time)

8:10-9:00 am               Hangout Social Activities

9:10am-11:00am        Engineering Class

11:10am-12:00pm      Programming Class

1:10pm-2:00pm          Engineering Fields Presentations / Virtual Tours

2:10pm-3:00pm          Office Hours




TOPIC 1: Arduino Rube-Goldberg Machine covering Computer, 
Software, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, and General Engineering 

DescriptionStudents will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about micro controllers, writing software, read sensors and control hardware, and construct a mechanical apparatus.


TOPIC 2: Designing Structures for Earthquakes covering Civil, Structural, Computer Science, and General Engineering

Description: Students will participate in hands-on activities to learn how earthquakes impact buildings as well as the design methods and technologies that ensure greater seismic safety. They will learn about shake-table testing of small structures, applying sensors, writing software to analyze data, as well as constructing earthquake force resisting systems. Engineering fields that will be covered include Civil/Structural Engineering, Computer Science, and General Engineering.


TOPIC 3: Automated plant care covering Engineering and Agriculture

Description: Sensors and controls are used in many aspects of Agriculture today, whether crops are grown in the field or in a factory. This lab will explore the use of various sensors to monitor weather and soil conditions around a single plant. Collected data will be used with a controller to help provide for the plant's wellbeing in various ways.


Virtual Workshop Requirements


  • Access to a computer (Windows PC or MAC)
  • Access to reliable internet
  • Non-school district issued email address
  • Workspace area
  • Available daily from 8:10am-3:00pm
  • Secure mailing address (Engineering Kits will be mailed here.)


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