September 29, 2023

EPICS program to expand at Purdue University in Indianapolis, partner with more Indy organizations, businesses to demonstrate power of experiential learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the last four and a half years, Pooja Anil has worked with the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to develop an affordable, personalized magnifier device for students. The device provides a zoomed-in live feed of what students read or write with adjustable lighting and color filters, reducing stress on their eyes and “will hopefully even out the playing field in education,” said Anil, a senior studying mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

Anil is a student in Purdue’s Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, an engineering-based design course centered on hands-on learning, professional development and community engagement.

ISBVI is one of EPICS’ eight community partners within greater Indianapolis, including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Jovial Family Farm, The Jackson Center for Conducive Education, Indiana School for the Deaf, Indy Edge Beep Baseball, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Camp Riley. Additional community partnerships in Indianapolis are already in the making and more are expected to develop as students at Purdue University in Indianapolis — Purdue’s first comprehensive urban campus — join the program.

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