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 finalizing a mobile science lab so that children can develop a better understanding of scientific concepts through hands-on learning. 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

Emma Balevic

Co-Project Manager

Connor Hansen

Co-Project Manager

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

Sean Boltjes

Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Katie Lindert

Communications Officer

Sophomore

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Andrew Darmody

Financial Officer

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Lucas Wuestefeld

Project Partner Liaison

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Haley Etheridge

Project Archivist

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Andrew Haraburda

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Nathan Heabel

Team Member

Senior

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Eliyah Zayin

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Isabella Henley

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

Miller Elwood

Design Lead

Senior

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Jimmy Barajas

Project Partner Liaison

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Elaine Ciaccio

Co-Communications Officer

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Kaitlyn Deming

Financial Officer

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Mimi Chon

Project Archivist

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Abhirakshak Raja

Co-Communications Officer

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Cole Zimmermann

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Abhishek Nair

Team Member

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING



The Problem

The Haitian Educational System yields the lowest total literacy rate in the education realm of the Western Hemisphere. Haiti's literacy rate of about 61% is below the 90% average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean countries. The country faces shortages in educational supplies and qualified teachers.
- Haiti Country Profile, Library of Congress

The Solution

The Haiti Team is currently working on building a mobile science lab to help children in rural Haiti develop a better understanding of scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way. Portable and weather resilient, the lab teaches children about their environment and ways to protect it.

The Team

Elaine Ciaccio

Co-Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

Kaitlyn Deming

Co-Design Lead

Freshman

FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING

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