A bright idea to create a new lighting system gave one of UC Merced's Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) teams an edge during a recent competition.
Each semester, EPICS teams work with a local non-profit group to solve an engineering-related problem for the organization. The EPICS program gives students an opportunity to earn academic credit, gain real world engineering experience and develop a host of skills.
At the end of the semester, each team gives a 12-minute presentation about their project. During last week's presentations, first place was awarded to the team that designed and installed the Hybrid Solar Natural Daylight System for the California State Mining Mineral Museum in Mariposa. The team also received $1,000 to add to their budget for next semester's project.
Team Get S.E.T. earned second place and $500 for its work with the Merced County Office of Education for designing science curriculum for K-12 students. Coming in third was the Castle Science and Technology team, which designed and built an interactive nanotechnology exhibit for middle school students that will eventually be displayed in Atwater.
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