Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)

The Engineering Projects in Community Service program, known as EPICS, is a national award-winning social entrepreneurship program. Teams design, build and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organizations.

Fall 2022 projects

FA22 EPICS project sponsored by ACCEL

Students: Steven Jones, Kaylee Petersen, Alton Polacek, Moksh Goel, Austin Contreras
Sponsor: ACCEL – Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skill
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The ACCEL Ball Launcher Team designed a device that will allow children with disabilities to shoot a basketball into a hoop.

FA22 EPICS project Flower's Feeders

Students: Abigail Gordon, Marla Hawthorne, David Caruth, Alex Gutierrez
Sponsor: Phoenix Herpetological Santuary

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The goal for the Flower’s Feeder project was to create a better option for feeding an African Spurred Tortoise named Flower. After she was neglected and abused by her previous owners, her shell collapsed causing her to lose mobility in her neck. This caused her to be put on an experimental back brace and has led to Flower not being able to feed herself via grazing.

FA22 EPICS Solar Boost Team

Students: Raj Kodithyala, Simranjeet Kaur, Gursharan Singh, Andrey Podoprigora
Sponsor: ASU Undergraduate Student Goverment, ASU Polytechnic campus

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This goal of the Solar Boost team was to develop a solar-powered charging station for mobile devices on ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

Spring 2022 projects

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ACCEL Power Platform
Students: Isabella Bushroe, Brooklyn Johnson, Bridget Koehl, Konner Shook
Sponsor: ACCEL – Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills

The ACCEL Power Platform team aims to develop a tool to train students on how to use a motorized wheelchair with the help of a powered platform that a manual wheelchair can safely drive onto. The motivation behind this project stems from insurance companies only approving individuals for a powered wheelchair if they are able to demonstrate that they can operate one successfully. If someone does not pass the test, they are often never re-tested, never receive a powered wheelchair and are never able to achieve independent mobility.

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Flower’s Feeder
Students: Nicholas Arango, Caetano Chequer, Chase Colgate, Alex Gutierrez, Lana Harkin, Marla Hawthorne, Niglan Quevedo

This project is motivated by creating a better option for feeding an African Spurred Tortoise named Flower. After she was neglected and abused by her previous owners her shell collapsed causing her to lose mobility in her neck. Unfortunately, this has caused her to be put on a back brace. All of this has led to Flower not being able to feed herself via grazing. The proposed solution is to create an automatic or semi automatic feeder that will allow Flower to eat comfortably with her disability and alleviating handlers from the arduous process.

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Leaf Wise
Students: Juan Cardozo, Moksh Goel, Nahlia Morris, Alton Polacek, Steve Jones

The main focus of this project is to find a way to recycle the used paper from the St. Michaels community and turn it into a product that the Navajo people can use in their daily lives. The proposed solution is converting paper into usable paper pulp.

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Solar Boost
Students: Raj Kodithyala, Kevin Romero Odorica, Mark Rossbach, Bao-Quan Tranthien

This project’s goal is to address the slow charging process for mobile devices. The proposed solution is to create an off-grid electronic device that uses solar energy to charge electronic devices in a short period. Ideally, this would work significantly faster than a regular charger. The project has two phases. The electronics phase would work to build an electronic system that can quickly charge an electronic device using solar energy. The second phase would work to implement this technology into society.