Colombia

Institución Educativa Antonio Derka

The Team

GAPS is currently working on projects in Brazil, Haiti, and Colombia. In Brazil, we are currently working on weather-proofing and data storage issues of a media center owned by the indigenous Kayapó people. In Haiti, we are developing a partnership with the Le Refuge school in the Lanzac community of Montrouis, Haiti. Lastly, in Colombia, we are partnering with The University of Antioquia on composting and auto-irrigation projects to engage a local high schools students' interest in agricultural studies.

Dr. William Oakes

Advisor

Prof. Jeff Gray

Advisor

Dr. Laura Zanotti

Advisor

Sarah Huang

Graduate TA

Partners

EPICS Purdue

FUNAI - NIF

Universidad De Antioquia

Pykôre Association



The Who

Mebêngôkre Kayapó Peoples live in their federally demarcated Lands in Mato Grosso and Pará Brazil. This project supports the community of A'ukre, which launched a filmmaking collective and media center in 2013 to uphold indigenous rights and protect precious environmental resources. The Kokojagoti filmmaking collective of about 17 filmmakers work in a solar powered media center. Their work is supported by the Pykore indigenous association, the Department of Anthropology at Purdue, and EPICS to advance their resources and broaden their project's outreach.

The What

The Brazil team is divided into two subteams: Power and Weather Resistance. The goal of the Power subteam is to improve the internal storage of the media center and estimate the necessary equipment and energy needed for future filmmaking expansion. The Weather Resistance team is responsible for improving the physical storage of the equipment to protect harm due to humidity, dust, and insect invasion. In the future, we hope to provide improvements for the A'Ukre system and help to lengthen the lifespan of the equipment used in the media center.

The Team

Harman Soor

Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Isabella Henley

Communications Officer

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Jon Doorn

Financial Officer/Project Archivist

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Lucas Wuestefeld

Project Partner Liason

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Andrew Darmondy

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Andrew Haraburda

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Eliyah Zayin

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING



The Partnership

The Universidad De Antioquia in Antioquia, Colombia, partners with Purdue EPICS to spread community service through engineering across the globe. Through outreach with a local Colombian high school, Antonio Derka, EPICS hopes to inspire education through engineering while helping students minimize their school's environmental impact.

The Project

The Colombia Team is working with Antonio Derka on ways to implement compost methods for food waste as well as a drip irrigation system to improve the school's garden. These projects will encourage engineering-based learning as students at Antonio Derka work with GAPS-Colombia to formulate the best solutions for their campus.

The Team

Connor Hansen

Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Emma Balevic

Project Archivist

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Cole Zimmermann

Project Partner Liason

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Abhishek Nair

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Roman Comacho

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING



The School

The Le Refuge School, located in the Lanzac community of Montrouis, Haiti, was founded by principal Gabriel Toussaint. Opening its doors in January of 2020, the school serves over 180 children from pre-school to 8th grade. The Le Refuge School is funded through the House of Hope organization that sponsors many community wide programs throughout Montrouis.

The Beginning

We are building a relationship with the Le Refuge School in hopes of forming a long-lasting partnership to benefit the Lanzac community. Through this partnership we hope to design projects beneficial to the students in terms of education, community involvement, and overall wellness. We cannot wait to get started!

The Team

Elaine Ciaccio

Co-Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Kaitlyn Deming

Co-Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

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