EPICS K12 Summer Training Workshop
Connecting middle and high schools with local community needs

EPICS engages high school and middle school teachers, students, and administrators in making an impact in their own community. It brings together multidisciplinary teams across the curriculum to expose students to service-learning opportunities.

What is Offered?

Learning model of engaging in a curricular topic through a service-based project design. EPICS K12 projects give your students the unique opportunity to civically engage in their local community and explore their interests and career options, all while gaining professional experience with hands-on engineering, computing and technology design projects. In EPICS K12, students work in teams and partner with a not-for-profit partner. Students design projects to meet the needs of this community partner enabling them to better serve residents in their local community.

EPICS K12 Summer Training

EPICS K12 Summer Training is a summer experience for high school and middle school teachers and administrators interested in helping their community through engineering and computing design projects. Hands-on sessions help participants design ways to implement this into their classrooms in all disciplines. EPICS training provides participants with the tools and resources to implement and grow this exciting design-based service-learning model for high school students.

Why Should I Participate?

As engineering and computing design becomes a central part of an increasingly varied set of jobs, it is crucial that a broad and diverse population be able to perform these jobs. At the heart of engineering innovation is the idea that people with different backgrounds and ideas will approach technological problems — and their solutions — differently. More available voices means more innovation.

Using the EPICS K12 model can significantly increase underrepresented populations. The impact of EPICS K12 is seen in the projects and the student participants that are 44% female and more than 50% students of color, significantly higher than the national average.

The best part of this is the students experiencing the whole process of identifying a need, planning, execution and then delivery.
The implementation of EPICS will move my Engineering class to be more about design and service-learning. The EPICS curriculum is designed to appeal to the entire student population... awesome.

What to Expect

EPICS K12 Training is a chance for teachers to learn new and creative ways to engage students all while developing a community of educators with common goals and unique outcomes for each individual classroom.

Workshop Sessions

Topics for the 2020 Summer Workshop are now being formed and will include sessions such as:

  • Service - Learning
  • Project Management
  • Teaming Skills
  • Human Centered Design
  • EPICS K12 Curriculum Models
  • Tying EPICS Projects into Your Standards

Session 1 via Zoom

Register for Session 1

Tuesday, July 7th – Friday, July 10th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
45 minute lunch break
Maximum 20 participants/Minimum 5 participants
$100.00 (first teacher) registration fee
$75.00 (each additional teacher from same school)

Session 2 via Zoom

Register for Session 2

Tuesday, July 14th – Friday, July 17th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
45 minute lunch break
Maximum 20 participants/ Minimum 5 participants
$100.00 (first teacher) registration fee
$75.00 (each additional teacher from same school)

***A list of materials needed for the training will be sent to teachers once they have registered.


For Program Information:
Charese Williams
EPICS K12 Coordinator
For Registration Information:
Purdue Conferences Registration Team confreg@purdue.edu


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