Current Projects

Chemistry: January 2013 - present

Working in Cap-Haiten, Haiti with Universite Antonine Firmen (UNAF) to develop chemistry labs and address what a lab would need to perform those experiments. This team is partnered with a school that had recently hired a chemistry teacher that was educated in the United States, and is looking to stock a lab the school provided him.The team has designed several layout options for the room provided and will choose an option to proceed with and start building by the end of the semester. One of the EPICS students and three other Service Learning students working on the project went to Haiti this past winter break where they presented different laboratories to student at haiti; they also went to the room where they have designed the lab desks and brought equipments for students to do experiments. The team continued work on designing different parts of the chemistry lab to make it possible for students to perform laboratories in the room in the future.

Bio-digester: August 2014 - present

This team is working on develop a bio-digester that can be used in Cap-Haitien. The team started built a biodigester prototype at a dairy farm last semeste. During the winter trip to Haiti, two students worked on the biodigester demonstrated how to make a biodigester to the UNAF students and introduced how a biodigester can be useful to them. It inspired some UNAF students to build a biodigester on their own this semester; the team will continued work on their prototype as well as guide the UNAF student to build their own biodigester.The students at UNAF built a biodigester prototype for their Agriculture day on May 1st by using the materials Purdue students brought during winter trip.

The team also worked on possibly built a family-size biodigester for small family to use where they researched and brainstormed different biodigester designs to be continued next semester.

Food & Water Security: August 2014 - present

The project was started last semester by the Service Learning students where they introduced the safety concern to Haitians to help them aware of problems within their food and water and teach them skills needed to avoid those problems. The team presented different bacteria in the Haitians' water and food when not refrigerated correctly. They also showed Haitians to identify contaminted water and foods by demonsrate microbial plates of different bacteria, and glow germ activity to show the residue of germs that stays on hands that aren't washed throughly. This semester, new EPICS members found this project insteresting and would like to continue this project to help make a difference.

A the end of the semester, the project is at the Specification Development stage of the EPICS design process. Students worked with different resources they found at Purdue University to help with their project. They began test labs and develop materials for educational curriculum on food processing techniques.

Past Projects

Poultry: January 2013 - December 2014

The Poultry team worked with CTEAD, a trade school in Haiti that teaches its students how to produce a sustainable and profitable farm. Poultry team worked on build a chicken house to teach the students how to care the chickens for meat and egg production as well as how to prepare the animals to be sold. The team worked mostly on the design of the chicken facility and the education aspect of poultry where they demonstrated the incubation system at Haiti during the 2014 winter trip.

Crops: August 2014 - December 2014

This team worked on educational material and hands on activities related to crops to bring to to Cap-Haitien during winter trip to Haiti. The team focused on basic management practices of corn and soybeans in which they plan to teach the people in Haiti about the importance of row and seed spacing, weed management, and possibly even adding nutrients back into the fields by utilizing manures. They also brought materials such as corn and soybean field guides, seed diggers, and posters to Haiti for learning purpose. With all the effort, the team hope to improve the corn and soybean yields as well as making management easier while they are in Haiti.

Goats and Milk: August 2014 - December 2014

This team worked on educational material and hands on activities related to goats and milk where they brought to Cap-Haitien during the trip to Haiti. They also demonstrated the different cuts of the goat meat.

Peltan: January 2013 - May 2014

Worked with Richard in Peltan, Haiti to find ways to optimize the space in the Peltan Christian Primary School. Because the school was originally made up of only a couple rooms, it is prone to overcrowding during classes. The team came up with ways for the space to be used differently to optimize the learning experience.They designed multiple strategies to solve the problem. .

Primary Education: August - December 2012

Worked with Richard in Pelton, Haiti to develop labs to go along with science concepts the educators are currently teaching their students. This gives the students a participatory way of learning instead of solely relying on memorization from texts. Their focus last semester was on a buoyancy lab and live goat uses.

Science Education: August - December 2012

Worked in Cap-Haiten, Haiti with Universite Antonine Firmen (UNAF) to develop chemistry labs and address what a lab would need to perform those experiments. This team was partnered with a school that had recently hired a chemistry teacher that was educated in the United States, and was looking to stock a lab the school provided him.

Adult Education: August - December 2012

Working in Cap-Haitien, Haiti with CTEAD (Centro de Técnologia e Educação a Distância) to educate adults about better agricultural practices including irrigation and simple soil analysis to determine the best places to grow crops.

Adult Education - 2011/2012

When our project partner, Doug Taylor, brought his situation to us he told us that his first priority is to develop a livelihood center. A center where adults may learn skills to aid their lives. We are currently developing effective methods to teach these skills.

Cyber Cafe - 2010

We want to provide the resources needed for students to further themselves in their education. A generation without a basic understanding of the sciences will not be able to advance as a society. At this moment the resources these students need are internet and electricity. The internet will allow them to research as much information as hundreds of thousands of book but at a lower cost, and electricity will enable them to study when there is no natural daylight. Along with being a place to do research we would like the cyber café to be a community place that would provide luxuries that everyone might not have.

Acoustic Barriers - 2010

The community of LaMare consists of two school buildings that support 430 students. One building is built with three rooms and the other with six class rooms. Each building separates the classrooms with six foot walls, all under a common roof. Noise disruption in the classroom is a big problem in the learning atmosphere. The current open design focuses on optimal air flow through the classrooms with gaps between the walls and cielings.

Our team is currently developing a solution that reduces noise between classrooms while maintaing proper if not improved air flow. This involves new building design and acoustic research and development.

Marketing - 2010

In order for the children of LaMare to attend school they must be able to pay for a proper uniform, shoes, and textbooks. Many families have a difficult time providing thier children with the necessary funds. Our project partners have donated clothing and supplies to the LaMare school and come up with different and much more feasible methods of payment.

Our Marketing Team is working with students K-12 to create hand-made crafts that can be marketed and sold in the United States. The money LaMare students collect from selling thier crafts will go towards the purchase of thier uniforms and textbooks.

By developing a pictorial step-by-step craft book, we hope to inspire creativity in the children with basic design ideas. We will then set up a marketing and distribution plan that will take the hand-made crafts to the global market.