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  1. Joanna Totino
  2. Bay Area Science Project, Director - Co-PI, NSF-ITEST EPICC
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Lawrence Hall of Science
  1. Kathryn Quigley
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathryn-chong-quigley-786b6943?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
  3. Producer and Media Lead
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Lawrence Hall of Science

Educational Pathways into College and Career

NSF Awards: 1433677

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

EPICC incorporates solar technology, engineering, science, mathematics, college advising, leadership skills and service learning. The STEM content will include four major components: 1) innovative solar energy technology; 2) integrated mathematics for application of energy systems; 3) engineering; and 4) global energy issues. The service learning element will be based around a single large-scale project: students will design and build a solar suitcase, which functions as a stand-alone renewable energy system that can light a room and charge equipment such as cell phones, headlamps and e-readers. Through our solar partner students will make contact with a community in the developing world, learning about their needs and challenges. They will then design a solar energy system that fits the particular local context, requiring students to produce engineering designs for the real world. After designing and building the systems, the solar suitcases will be shared with schools, orphanages and community centers in the developing world that lack light and power. Through this project, EPICC students will create a concrete product that can transform the lives of their partner community. Students will see first-hand how what they are learning in school can have a positive impact on the world around them, which will motivate them to remain in school, to persevere in science courses, and pursue a STEM degree in college.

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