ERIC Number: EJ722762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Science Scope, v28 n7 p28-29 Apr-May 2005
With a satisfying "Whoompf!" the air cannon sends a tennis ball the length of the school gym. The successful launch is met with cheers from the science club members and their partners--college engineering students from a local university. This air cannon activity was one of many learning opportunities that grew out of a partnership between the Happy Hollow School and Purdue University's EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) program. Education and outreach are an important part of the EPICS program. Happy Hollow School, in West Lafayette, Indiana, was fortunate to be one of the first sites contacted by Purdue to be a project partner. For 10 years, Happy Hollow has had access to technology and expertise that would normally be prohibitively expensive. This partnership was mutually beneficial. The Happy Hollow students were given the chance to take on engineering projects that captured their imagination and sparked an interest in science. The EPICS students were given the opportunity to design and carry out educational projects, develop their communication and leadership skills, and gain a sense of civic responsibility.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Outreach Programs, Science Activities, College School Cooperation, Science Education, Middle Schools, Service Learning, College Students
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana