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The EPICS Program: Innovative Education for Authentic Learning

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

K-12 and Pre-College Engineering Division Curriculum Exchange

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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24.1214.1 - 24.1214.2



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Jean M. Trusedell Purdue University

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Jean Trusedell is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with extensive experience working with K-12 Educators and students. Her current project is working with the EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) at Purdue University to create curriculum that can be used with students throughout the country to integrate best classroom practices with engineering principles. Previously, she was the Science and Technology Coach for MSD of Decatur Township in Indianapolis, IN. Ms. Trusedell is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an interest in formative assessment and its relationship to student achievement.

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Mindy Hart EPICS

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The EPICS Program: Innovative Education for Authentic Learning (Curriculum Exchange) ASEEIntegrating engineering practices into service-learning is the focus of the EPICS Program(Engineering Projects in Community Service). The EPICS program was conceived in 1995 atPurdue University and has expanded to over 80 schools throughout the United States. Thisunique program integrates the best practices in K-12 education to create a learning environmentwhere students are able to apply classroom knowledge and skills to solve real world problems intheir school and community. Based on the Next Generation Science Standards and the CommonCore in English Language Arts and Mathematics, this curriculum guides students to developprojects based on needs in their community or school and create and deliver a solution thatimpacts the lives of their community. This type of learning gives EPICS students 21st century,leadership, and civic responsibility skills which will translate into improved success throughoutlife.Through this display, we will be exploring human-centered engineering design, specifically theEPICS design model. We will not only demonstrate this type of design through activities that theparticipants can experience, but also showcase projects designed and implemented by EPICSstudents that serve communities in the United State and throughout the world. Our handouts willgive information about the EPICS program, contact information and will also present resourcesthat teachers can utilize to replicate the design process with their students in their ownclassrooms and schools.

Trusedell, J. M., & Hart, M. (2014, June), The EPICS Program: Innovative Education for Authentic Learning Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23147

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