AZ STEM Festival

2017 Session: “Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)”

July 19, 2017 10:21 am

Track: Computer Science and Engineering 

EPICS High, for high school and middle school students, is a design-based service learning and social entrepreneurship program that incorporates the engineering and human-centered design processes to provide solutions to real world problems. 

EPICS High instills the importance of service while increasing the pipeline of students interested in STEM pathways.  The program has proven to be an engagement tool for developing an appreciation for STEM and service learning by providing students authentic engineering learning experiences in context. 

A panel of student participants, teachers, and community partners will share their experiences collaborating over the course of the 2016-2017 school year to implement their engineering projects in the community.



  • Jennifer Velez,  EPICS High Coordinator, ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (






  • Delaney Johns, A New Leaf STEM Curriculum Team Member, Gilbert Classical Academy
  • Taylor Miller, A New Leaf STEM Curriculum Team Member, Gilbert Classical Academy
  • Lexi Paynter, A New Leaf STEM Curriculum Team Member, Gilbert Classical Academy 





  • Eric Gillman, EPICS High Teacher, Gilbert Classical Academy
  • Stephanie Besch, EPICS High Teacher, Metro Tech High School 







  • Rodrigo Acevedo, Spoke’N’Steel Team Leader, Metro Tech High School






  • Marcia Kalkman, Gilbert Classical Academy
  • Christine Frank, A New Leaf
  • Tameka Spencer, Research Coordinator, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, 
  • Wendy White, Circle the City





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