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Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47906-2045
Phone: 765-494-0639
Fax: 765-494-0052
E-mail: Epics@purdue.edu
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Last updated April 28, 2016, by Ryan Trisnojoyo

If you have any further questions that are not addressed from the questions below, feel free to contact us.

What is EPICS?

     EPICS is a service-learning design program in which teams of students partner with local and global community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. Purdue is the headquarters for the National EPICS Program. These programs are now operating at 15 universities nationwide.
     EPICS has received major awards from the Carnegie Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education, the IEEE Education Society, Campus Compact, the Corporate and Foundation Alliance, Purdue University, and the Governor and Legislature of Indiana.

What is the CAR Team?

     We are a team that is currently designing and building a two person vehicle in which a child with a disability can safely participate in a Soap Box Derby Race. Our CAR Team is currently comprised of 14 members. These members are part of one of two teams: the Integration Team or the Override Mechanism Development Team. These teams are responsible for designing and building specific portions of the soap box derby car.

Is the car finished?

     Currently the car is still in its developing phase. It is our goal to have a tested prototype by the end of the semester. The long term goal of the team is to be able to sell these cars as a kit for those who want to compete in future Soap Box Derbies.

How much control does the child with a disability have?

     Our car is unique in that both drivers have control of the car, unlike most two driver stock cars. This car has an override device in the steering system for emergency situations in which the back driver can activate the override device which will allow the back driver to have full control of the car. This allows the back driver to steer out of danger for the front driver.