EPIC 2022

A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check-in.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Deadlines

February 2, 2022 - Online application Opens

April 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM (PST) - Online application Closes

May 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM (PST) - Admission decisions are sent via email to all applicants

May 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM (PST) - Full payment and registration due

May 20, 2022 - All required material must be electronically signed

Who can apply

EPIC is open to all rising 6th-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 2022 Details

Program Dates

Session Dates Grade Level Virtual/Residential Fee
Session 1 June 13-17 Rising 6th-12th Virtual Program  $550
Session 2 June 19-24 Rising 9th-12th  Residential $1,850
Session 3 June 26-July 1 Rising 9th-12th  Residential $1,850
Session 4 July 5-8 Rising 6th-9th  Residential $1,650
Session 5 July 10-15 Rising 9th-12th  Residential $1,850
Session 6 July 17-22 Rising 9th-12th  Residential $1,850

Grades are based on Fall 2022 enrollment.

Highlights and Daily Schedule 

(Pacific Standard Time)
 

Virtual Program Schedule
8:30-9:00am Hangout Social Activities
9:10-11:00am Engineering Class
11:10-12:00pm Programming Class
12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:10-2:00pm Engineering Fields Presentations/Industry Guest Speakers
2:10-3:00pm Project Office Hours
Residential Program Schedule
7:30-8:00am Morning Gathering
8:10-9:00am Breakfast
9:10-11:00am Engineering Class
11:10-12:00pm Engineering Fields Presentations/Industry Guest Speakers
12:10-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:10-3:00pm Engineering Class
3:10-5:00pm Engineering Design Team Project
5:10-5:30pm Break
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
6:30-8:30pm Evening Activities
8:30-9:00pm Evening Gathering
9:00-10:00pm Free Time
10:00-11:00pm On Floor/In Room
11:00 PM Lights Out

IMPORTANT: A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Session 1 June 13-17 Rising 6th-12th Grade (Virtual Program ONLY)

Virtual Workshop Requirements

Requirements:

  • Access to a computer (Windows PC or MAC)
  • Access to reliable internet
  • Non-school district issued email address
  • Workspace area
  • Available daily from 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Secure mailing address (Engineering Kits will be mailed here.)

Title Description Engineering Fields
AI/Data Science/Biomedical Data Science/etc Coming soon. Computer Science,  Software
Crash Course on Python Or Data Science/Machine Learning with Examples Students will learn an introduction to Python programming and how to manipulate data sets and build small projects working collaboratively. They will collect data, record it and build a classifier. Computer Science
Exploring the World of Nanotechnology Through simple hands-on lab exercises, the students will learn about the fundamental of nanotechnology. The students will explore the nanoscale, the types of nanostructures and their unique properties, and the tools for seeing and characterizing materials at the nanoscale. The students will have fun making some nanoparticles of different types and surface properties. They will also learn about the applications of nanotechnology in cleaning the environment from pollutants and providing safe drinking water to people in need, especially in developing countries. The potential risks associated with the wide spectrum of applications of nanotechnology will also be discussed. Environmental, Materials
Popsicle Stick Bridges Students glue together wooden popsicle sticks with hot glue guns to dimensions are about 12” x 2”, and one popsicle high. The students are suggested to think about which way to assemble the bridges in order to resist a bending load placed at the center. After the popsicle stick assemblies are finished students are taught how to do a wet composite layup. The composite material is cut for them and mix the specified amounts of resin and harder to make the epoxy. Once mixed it is spread onto the dry fiber and distributed evenly. Then the composite is wrapped around the popsicles sticks and vacuumed using a food saver pump. The bridges are left under pressure overnight so that the epoxy cures. The bridges are placed on top of two resting points about 9” apart and loaded till failure in the center using the Instron machine. The second project involves making a truss-type bridge spans the reaction points. Once again the hot glue gun is used to assemble the sticks. After they are built they are loaded in the same manner as the first project. Before all testing is done the bridges are weighed and then the failure force is compared to the rest. A ratio of failure force over mass in grams is a good way to compare the bridges.

Civil, 

Mechanical

Rube Goldberg Machine Students will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about microcontrollers, writing software, reading sensors and control hardware, and constructing a mechanical apparatus. Computer Science, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical
Shining a Light on Solar Energy The sun is your best friend if you know how to use it!
How is energy captured from the sun? How sustainable are solar panels? These questions and many others will be answered, as students learn to align photovoltaic panels with the sun for optimal energy capture. Students will be instructed about basic circuits and determine the efficiency of solar energy capture in multiple forms. These hands-on activities will enhance critical thinking, collaborative and creative thinking skills while exposing students to STEM concepts and renewable energy technologies. Instruction will culminate with the design and testing of solar thermal capture with solar ovens.
BioResource and Agricultural, Electrical, Environmental, Materials
Snap Circuits Participants will learn about Electrical and Mechanical Engineering while having a hands-on introduction to electronics, learn how to construct real working circuits, devices, and fiber optics. Electrical, Mechanical

Session 2 June 19-24 Rising 9th-12th (Residential) 

Residential Program Requirements

IMPORTANT: A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Participants who show signs of COVID-19 will be given a test to self-administer. If a participant becomes COVID-19 positive during EPIC, they will be required to isolate and guardians will need to pick up within 24 hours of being notified. 

Title Description Engineering Fields
Activities to Understand and Feel the Measuring Units Understanding and Sensing of measuring units have an important role in developing engineering equipment and creating inventions. Students will engage in activities that enrich and foster the sense skill and understanding of the measuring units such as Newton, Joule, Watt, Horsepower (HP), in addition to the measuring units of Length, Mass and Density. Physics concepts in estimating quantities such as Length, Area, Volume, Density, Force, Power, etc. without using the measuring tools will be covered. They will also learn about the difference between Area Moment of Inertia and the Mass Moment of Inertia and how to calculate the maximum power of the machine. Aerospace, Biomedical,   Civil,     Electrical, General, Mechanical

AI/Data Science/Biomedical Data Science/etc

IN-PERSON ONLY

Coming soon. Computer Science, Software

Cardiovascular System: Vessels and Disease

 

Students will learn methods of auscultatory and oscillometric blood pressure Biomedical

Exploring Fire Protection

IN-PERSON ONLY

We will explore the fundamentals of fire science and fire protection engineering, including demonstrations of fire safety and assessments of fire protection systems. Students will design their own small-scale fire protection system and test it.

Architectural, Civil,

Materials,

Fire Protection

Exploring the World of Nanotechnology Through simple hands-on lab exercises, the students will learn about the fundamental of nanotechnology. The students will explore the nanoscale, the types of nanostructures and their unique properties, and the tools for seeing and characterizing materials at the nanoscale. The students will have fun making some nanoparticles of different types and surface properties. They will also learn about the applications of nanotechnology in cleaning the environment from pollutants and providing safe drinking water to people in need, especially in developing countries. The potential risks associated with the wide spectrum of applications of nanotechnology will also be discussed. Environmental, Materials

Fun with micro:bits

IN-PERSON ONLY

Series of labs using the micro:bit Computer Science, Computer, Electrical

Light rail transit route

IN-PERSON ONLY

Design a route to connect two points in a fictional urban setting, considering activity centers and street configurations.

Civil,

Planning,

Urban Design

Mechatronics Lab and Programing This lab will introduce students to the basic functions of a microcontroller. Groups will be able to program and control a POL.E, which is a specially built robot on wheels. The first part of the lab is identifying the components that make up the robot, from the power switch to the pins and control board. The next step is learning how to set POL.E in motion through writing BASIC command code. This will be accomplished by first running through a sample code, which will demonstrate what each command does, then progressing to having the students write their own simple program for POL.E. A course will be mapped out on the floor for the robot to follow; the challenge will be for each group to get their POL.E to navigate the course. Mechanical, Software
Rube Goldberg Machine Students will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about microcontrollers, writing software, reading sensors and control hardware, and constructing a mechanical apparatus. Computer Science, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical
Shining a Light on Solar Energy The sun is your best friend if you know how to use it!
How is energy captured from the sun? How sustainable are solar panels? These questions and many others will be answered, as students learn to align photovoltaic panels with the sun for optimal energy capture. Students will be instructed about basic circuits and determine the efficiency of solar energy capture in multiple forms. These hands-on activities will enhance critical thinking, collaborative and creative thinking skills while exposing students to STEM concepts and renewable energy technologies. Instruction will culminate with the design and testing of solar thermal capture with solar ovens.
BioResource and Agricultural, Electrical, Environmental, Materials
Snap Circuits Participants will learn about Electrical and Mechanical Engineering while having a hands-on introduction to electronics, learn how to construct real working circuits, devices, and fiber optics. Electrical, Mechanical

Session 3 June 26-July 1 Rising 9th-12th Grade (Residential)

Title Description Engineering Fields
Cardiovascular System: Vessels and Disease Students will learn methods of auscultatory and oscillometric blood pressure Biomedical
Design of Heavy Equipment (Cranes) Heavy equipment or heavy machinery refers to heavy-duty vehicles, specially designed for executing construction tasks such as cranes. Cranes are machines that play a vital role in various engineering applications and the construction industry because they have enough power to move materials of various weights upward, downward, and horizontally. During the first meeting of this workshop, students will learn about engineering concepts that help them design their cranes such as the center of gravity, the mass moment of inertia, the stability conditions, and the maximum power of the crane. They will be divided into groups and do brainstorming to get new ideas for crane design, sketch the ideas and go through the different steps of the design process in order to establish a simplified prototype for a crane. Each group of students will build their design with maximum dimensions of crane body of (20x5x20 in) by using the coffee stirrer sticks of certain dimensions, two small DC motors, small pulleys, string, small wax gun, etc. Students will present their final projects or display what they have learned and the instructor will do a competition among student groups for the best design of a simplified prototype for heavy equipment which should be stable during lifting of the maximum weight and have a good performance. Aerospace, Civil, Industrial, Manufacturing, Materials, Mechanical
Exploring Fire Protection We will explore the fundamentals of fire science and fire protection engineering, including demonstrations of fire safety and assessments of fire protection systems. Students will design their own small-scale fire protection system and test it.

Architectural, Civil,

Materials,

Fire Protection

Exploring the World of Nanotechnology Through simple hands-on lab exercises, the students will learn about the fundamental of nanotechnology. The students will explore the nanoscale, the types of nanostructures and their unique properties, and the tools for seeing and characterizing materials at the nanoscale. The students will have fun making some nanoparticles of different types and surface properties. They will also learn about the applications of nanotechnology in cleaning the environment from pollutants and providing safe drinking water to people in need, especially in developing countries. The potential risks associated with the wide spectrum of applications of nanotechnology will also be discussed. Environmental, Materials
Fun with micro:bits Series of labs using the micro:bit Computer Science, Computer, Electrical
Fun with rockets! Let's get fired up about Aerospace Engineering. Learn how engineers design, build and fly airplanes, rockets, and spaceships. Build your own model rocket, predict the altitude it will reach, and then launch it yourself to verify your prediction. Aerospace
Glider Workshop and Composite Material Testing In this workshop, each student will have the opportunity to design, build and test their very own glider. Under the supervision and guidance of EPIC counselors, students will be introduced to aerospace fundamentals of stability, control, structures, and the aerodynamics and how these fundamentals pertain to glider manufacturing and design. Students will have the chance to plan and build their own gliders via composites and various other materials available to them. The goal of the glider workshop is to expose students to Cal Poly’s ‘learn by doing’ environment and to promote a fun and exciting learning environment via a hands-on aerospace engineering project. Aerospace, Mechanical
Light rail transit route Design a route to connect two points in a fictional urban setting, considering activity centers and street configurations. Civil, Planning, Urban Design
Rube Goldberg Machine Students will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about microcontrollers, writing software, reading sensors and control hardware, and constructing a mechanical apparatus. Computer Science, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical
Shining a Light on Solar Energy The sun is your best friend if you know how to use it!
How is energy captured from the sun? How sustainable are solar panels? These questions and many others will be answered, as students learn to align photovoltaic panels with the sun for optimal energy capture. Students will be instructed about basic circuits and determine the efficiency of solar energy capture in multiple forms. These hands-on activities will enhance critical thinking, collaborative and creative thinking skills while exposing students to STEM concepts and renewable energy technologies. Instruction will culminate with the design and testing of solar thermal capture with solar ovens.
BioResource and Agricultural, Electrical, Environmental, Materials
So how does recycling work, anyway? Students will learn how the properties of materials are used to design recycling processes for products that range from plastic bottles to the rare earth metals in computer hard drives. Students will then apply that knowledge to design and conduct their own recycling process. Materials

 

Residential Program Requirements

IMPORTANT: A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Participants who show signs of COVID-19 will be given a test to self-administer. If a participant becomes COVID-19 positive during EPIC, they will be required to isolate and guardians will need to pick up within 24 hours of being notified. 

Session 4 July 5-8 Rising 6th-9th Grade (Residential)

Title Description Engineering Fields
AI/Data Science/Biomedical Data Science/etc Coming soon. Computer Science, Software
Cardiovascular System: Vessels and Disease Students will learn methods of auscultatory and oscillometric blood pressure Biomedical
Design of a Green City In this workshop, students imagine they have a space area of 50 square km close to the sea or the ocean and will use the suitable drawing scale to plan, sketch and design an environmentally friendly city in this area. They will use various clean energy resources to provide the city with the required clean power for living in it while using some method of water desalination to obtain the freshwater. They will learn about renewable energy resources and participate in activities that enrich and foster the sense and understanding of the measuring units such as Newton, Joule, Watt, and Horsepower (HP). In addition, they will learn engineering concepts that help in their project for designing clean energy resources and seawater desalination. Students will be divided into groups and do brainstorm to get new ideas for designing the Green City, sketch the ideas, and go through the different steps to draw an integrated Green City. The instructor will do a competition among student groups for the best design for drawing of the Green City.

Aerospace, Architectural, Civil,

Computer, Electrical, Environmental, General, Industrial, Mechanical

Engine Dissection and Reassembly The purpose of this lab is to learn about the components of a four-stroke gasoline engine, and how they work together to form a functioning machine. The lab is comprised of two stages, disassembly and identification of parts, and reassembly with an eye toward how the function of one part affects the function of another. The primary areas of interest are the cylinder, connecting rods, and crankshaft, as well as the valves with associated cams, lifters, and camshaft. Students will also learn the overall operation of an engine, following the progression of the four strokes (intake, compression, combustion, exhaust). Once completed, students should consider why certain design decisions were made (the shape of the cams, etc) to further explore the concept of the design process. Mechanical
Exploring Fire Protection We will explore the fundamentals of fire science and fire protection engineering, including demonstrations of fire safety and assessments of fire protection systems. Students will design their own small-scale fire protection system and test it.

Architectural, Civil,

Materials,

Fire Protection

Exploring the World of Nanotechnology Through simple hands-on lab exercises, the students will learn about the fundamental of nanotechnology. The students will explore the nanoscale, the types of nanostructures and their unique properties, and the tools for seeing and characterizing materials at the nanoscale. The students will have fun making some nanoparticles of different types and surface properties. They will also learn about the applications of nanotechnology in cleaning the environment from pollutants and providing safe drinking water to people in need, especially in developing countries. The potential risks associated with the wide spectrum of applications of nanotechnology will also be discussed. Environmental, Materials
Fun with micro:bits Series of labs using the micro:bit Computer Science, Computer, Electrical
Fun with rockets! Let's get fired up about Aerospace Engineering. Learn how engineers design, build and fly airplanes, rockets, and spaceships. Build your own model rocket, predict the altitude it will reach, and then launch it yourself to verify your prediction. Aerospace
How long will your helicopter stay in the air? Design a paper helicopter and collect data about its flight time. You'll be able to modify your design (rotor length, weight) to see if you can improve the helicopter performance. You'll use data to predict and improve the performance of your helicopter. Industrial, Manufacturing
Light rail transit route Design a route to connect two points in a fictional urban setting, considering activity centers and street configurations. Civil, Planning, Urban Design
Rube Goldberg Machine Students will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about microcontrollers, writing software, reading sensors and control hardware, and constructing a mechanical apparatus. Computer Science, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical
Shining a Light on Solar Energy The sun is your best friend if you know how to use it!
How is energy captured from the sun? How sustainable are solar panels? These questions and many others will be answered, as students learn to align photovoltaic panels with the sun for optimal energy capture. Students will be instructed about basic circuits and determine the efficiency of solar energy capture in multiple forms. These hands-on activities will enhance critical thinking, collaborative and creative thinking skills while exposing students to STEM concepts and renewable energy technologies. Instruction will culminate with the design and testing of solar thermal capture with solar ovens.
BioResource and Agricultural, Electrical, Environmental, Materials
Snap Circuits Participants will learn about Electrical and Mechanical Engineering while having a hands-on introduction to electronics, learn how to construct real working circuits, devices, and fiber optics. Electrical, Mechanical

 

Residential Program Requirements

IMPORTANT: A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Participants who show signs of COVID-19 will be given a test to self-administer. If a participant becomes COVID-19 positive during EPIC, they will be required to isolate and guardians will need to pick up within 24 hours of being notified. 

Session 5 July 10-15 Rising 9th-12th Grade (Residential)

Title Description Engineering Fields
AI/Data Science/Biomedical Data Science/etc Coming soon. Computer Science, Software
Cardiovascular System: Vessels and Disease Students will learn methods of auscultatory and oscillometric blood pressure Biomedical
Do more with less! Design and run your own production line. You can apply these skills at home to make your chores go faster or earn yourself a promotion at your current job! Industrial
Exploring the World of Nanotechnology Through simple hands-on lab exercises, the students will learn about the fundamental of nanotechnology. The students will explore the nanoscale, the types of nanostructures and their unique properties, and the tools for seeing and characterizing materials at the nanoscale. The students will have fun making some nanoparticles of different types and surface properties. They will also learn about the applications of nanotechnology in cleaning the environment from pollutants and providing safe drinking water to people in need, especially in developing countries. The potential risks associated with the wide spectrum of applications of nanotechnology will also be discussed. Environmental, Materials
Fresh Water Percentage on Earth In this workshop, the students will learn about the different sources of water on Earth, how to measure the water density and salinity and draw a chart for the percentage of freshwater to saline water on Earth. During the first meeting of this workshop, we will review up-to-date inventions for seawater desalination and do activities that enrich and foster the understanding of the measuring units of water density and water salinity. In addition, students will learn about engineering concepts and physics theories that help them brainstorm in creating new ideas for the desalination of Ocean water.
Students will present their final projects or display their new ideas for seawater desalination After finishing this project students realize the great importance for keeping fresh water on Earth especially in California.
Civil, Environmental, General, Mechanical
Fun with micro:bits Series of labs using the micro:bit Computer Science, Computer, Electrical
Fun with rockets! Let's get fired up about Aerospace Engineering. Learn how engineers design, build and fly airplanes, rockets, and spaceships. Build your own model rocket, predict the altitude it will reach, and then launch it yourself to verify your prediction. Aerospace
Light rail transit route Design a route to connect two points in a fictional urban setting, considering activity centers and street configurations.

Civil,

Planning, Urban Design

Popsicle Stick Bridges Students glue together wooden popsicle sticks with hot glue guns to dimensions are about 12” x 2”, and one popsicle high. The students are suggested to think about which way to assemble the bridges in order to resist a bending load placed at the center. After the popsicle stick assemblies are finished students are taught how to do a wet composite layup. The composite material is cut for them and mix the specified amounts of resin and harder to make the epoxy. Once mixed it is spread onto the dry fiber and distributed evenly. Then the composite is wrapped around the popsicles sticks and vacuumed using a food saver pump. The bridges are left under pressure overnight so that the epoxy cures. The bridges are placed on top of two resting points about 9” apart and loaded till failure in the center using the Instron machine. The second project involves making a truss type bridge spans the reaction points. Once again the hot glue gun is used to assemble the sticks. After they are built they are loaded in the same manner as the first project. Before all testing is done the bridges are weighed and then the failure force is compared to the rest. A ratio of failure force over mass in grams is a good way to compare the bridges.

Civil,

Mechanical

Rube Goldberg Machine Students will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about microcontrollers, writing software, reading sensors and control hardware, and constructing a mechanical apparatus. Computer Science, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical
Shining a Light on Solar Energy The sun is your best friend if you know how to use it!
How is energy captured from the sun? How sustainable are solar panels? These questions and many others will be answered, as students learn to align photovoltaic panels with the sun for optimal energy capture. Students will be instructed about basic circuits and determine the efficiency of solar energy capture in multiple forms. These hands-on activities will enhance critical thinking, collaborative and creative thinking skills while exposing students to STEM concepts and renewable energy technologies. Instruction will culminate with the design and testing of solar thermal capture with solar ovens.
BioResource and Agricultural, Electrical, Environmental, Materials
So how does recycling work, anyway? Students will learn how the properties of materials are used to design recycling processes for products that range from plastic bottles to the rare earth metals in computer hard drives. Students will then apply that knowledge to design and conduct their own recycling process. Materials

 

Residential Program Requirements

IMPORTANT: A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Participants who show signs of COVID-19 will be given a test to self-administer. If a participant becomes COVID-19 positive during EPIC, they will be required to isolate and guardians will need to pick up within 24 hours of being notified. 

Session 6 July 17-22 Rising 9th-12th Grade (Residential)

Title Description Engineering Fields
Activities to Understand and Feel the Measuring Units Understanding and Sensing of measuring units have an important role in developing engineering equipment and creating inventions. Students will engage in activities that enrich and foster the sense skill and understanding of the measuring units such as Newton, Joule, Watt, Horsepower (HP), in addition to the measuring units of Length, Mass and Density. Physics concepts in estimating quantities such as Length, Area, Volume, Density, Force, Power, etc. without using the measuring tools will be covered. They will also learn about the difference between Area Moment of Inertia and the Mass Moment of Inertia and how to calculate the maximum power of the machine.

Aerospace, Biomedical,

Civil,

Electrical, General, Mechanical

AI/Data Science/Biomedical Data Science/etc Coming soon.

Computer Science,

Software

Cardiovascular System: Vessels and Disease Students will learn methods of auscultatory and oscillometric blood pressure Biomedical
Do more with less! Design and run your own production line. You can apply these skills at home to make your chores go faster or earn yourself a promotion at your current job! Industrial
Eco Composite materials Surfboard Students are introduced to the composite wet layup process by being part of a hands-on project. They will design and make their own surfboard design by shaping their foam block to a specific surfboard design. After the foam is sanded to the desired shape, students will then mix up the epoxy and apply it to the dry fibers. The wet fibers will be laid upon the surfboard. Then they will be introduced to the composite vacuum bag process. The surfboards will be placed in a vacuum bag where all the air will be pulled out. Lastly, they will test different kinds of composite box beams to test for the strongest and the lightest

Civil,

Mechanical

Exploring the World of Nanotechnology Through simple hands-on lab exercises, the students will learn about the fundamental of nanotechnology. The students will explore the nanoscale, the types of nanostructures and their unique properties, and the tools for seeing and characterizing materials at the nanoscale. The students will have fun making some nanoparticles of different types and surface properties. They will also learn about the applications of nanotechnology in cleaning the environment from pollutants and providing safe drinking water to people in need, especially in developing countries. The potential risks associated with the wide spectrum of applications of nanotechnology will also be discussed. Environmental, Materials
Fun with micro:bits Series of labs using the micro:bit Computer Science, Computer, Electrical
Fun with rockets! Let's get fired up about Aerospace Engineering. Learn how engineers design, build and fly airplanes, rockets, and spaceships. Build your own model rocket, predict the altitude it will reach, and then launch it yourself to verify your prediction. Aerospace
Light rail transit route Design a route to connect two points in a fictional urban setting, considering activity centers and street configurations. Civil, Planning, Urban Design
Rube Goldberg Machine Students will go through a variety of hands-on projects to learn about the world of computers, software, and electronics. They will learn about microcontrollers, writing software, reading sensors and control hardware, and constructing a mechanical apparatus. Computer Science, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical
Shining a Light on Solar Energy The sun is your best friend if you know how to use it!
How is energy captured from the sun? How sustainable are solar panels? These questions and many others will be answered, as students learn to align photovoltaic panels with the sun for optimal energy capture. Students will be instructed about basic circuits and determine the efficiency of solar energy capture in multiple forms. These hands-on activities will enhance critical thinking, collaborative and creative thinking skills while exposing students to STEM concepts and renewable energy technologies. Instruction will culminate with the design and testing of solar thermal capture with solar ovens.
BioResource and Agricultural, Electrical, Environmental, Materials
So how does recycling work, anyway? Students will learn how the properties of materials are used to design recycling processes for products that range from plastic bottles to rare earth metals in computer hard drives. Students will then apply that knowledge to design and conduct their own recycling process. Materials

 

Residential Program Requirements

IMPORTANT: A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Participants who show signs of COVID-19 will be given a test to self-administer. If a participant becomes COVID-19 positive during EPIC, they will be required to isolate and guardians will need to pick up within 24 hours of being notified. 

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