Engineering Projects in Community (EPICS) was conceived and started in 1995 at Purdue University by Leah Jameson, IEEE president of 2007, and Edward J. Coyle. EPICS Highs core focus is to engage high school students by connecting engineering and computing design to community needs. Such engagement provides students with an opportunity to experience volunteerism as well as a preview to potential careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The EPICS model is a form of service learning, a process of using experiences as a means of teaching.
Inspired by the EPICS-High model, IEEE implementation of High School Projects in Community Service (EPICS), a.k.a. EPICS in IEEE, was proposed by IEEE in 2009, as a new initiative project. EPICS in IEEE adopted the model, employing university students to work with high school students on community service projects. EPICS in IEEE leverages its memberships by engaging IEEE student branch university groups around the world. This inclusion expands the program world wide, and brings the EPICS model to students and communities in all regions.
This tutorial introduces and discusses a variety of projects undertaken by EPICS in IEEE throughout the world.