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IEEE Educational Activities created the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program in IEEE. Building on a successful university model of the same name, EPICS in IEEE blends service learning with civic engagement. The program leverages IEEE’s technical expertise to make a profound impact on humanity – fostering strong community partnerships, educating the next generation of engineers and technologists, and addressing specific challenges through technology. EPICS in IEEE, organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local humanitarian organizations.

EPICS in IEEE program further incorporates EPICS into IEEE worldwide by empowering IEEE student branches and IEEE volunteers to work with high school students on EPICS community service-related engineering projects, and by institutionalizing the program within IEEE. Through this worldwide expansion, Educational Activities will build a mechanism for sustaining and disseminating the EPICS model to other sections. Visit the dedicated Web site: http://epics.ieee.org

The desired outcomes of EPICS in IEEE include:

  • Establishing a relationship between the IEEE student branches in participating sections, a local high school (or schools), and charitable, communal or humanitarian organizations in each venue. The relationship will focus on development of devices and systems to benefit the target audiences of the communal organizations, by university and high school student teams.
  • Developing training workshops for local section champions to establish an EPICS-site in their IEEE sections using local volunteers and resources. These section champions, and the volunteers they train, will be empowered to disseminate the model further.

EPICS in IEEE impacts communities around the world that will:

  • increase high school student interest in pursuing an engineering-related career path;
  • leverage the EPICS in IEEE program demonstrated ability to reach female and under-represented minority students, to increase IEEE recruitment in these demographics. 

    Making a contribution to the EPICS in IEEE Fund of the IEEE Foundation is your opportunity to inspire IEEE volunteers, engage students, and impact communities around the world! 

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