Dow Vietnam STEM Program: Engineering Projects in Community ServiceAfter a successful Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) pilot program that ran from March – June 2018, and a much acclaimed showcase at the American Center in June 2018, BUILD-IT strategic partners USAID, Dow Vietnam, and ASU will offer the Dow Vietnam STEM Program: EPICS for a second round, starting in October and running through January 2019.EPICS is an international award-winning, designed-based, service-learning program founded at Purdue University in 1995. During EPICS student teams will partner with a community organization to design, build, and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems. The program guides student teams through processes of design innovation, team management, testing, and presenting in technical English. EPICS projects span the spectrum - finding solutions to challenges in human health care, energy, sustainability, and more.EPICS is a designed-based, service-learning program where student teams will partner with a community organization to design, build, and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems. The program guides student teams through processes of design innovation, team management, testing, and presenting in technical English. EPICS projects span the spectrum - finding solutions to challenges in human health care, energy, sustainability, and more.Which universities are conducting Dow Vietnam STEM Program in 2018Ho Chi Minh City University of TechnologyIndustrial University of Ho Chi Minh CityLac Hong UniversityDanang University of Science and TechnologyCan Tho UniversityHo Chi Minh City University of Technology and EducationProgram scheduleFaculty at the six BUILD-IT partner universities will lead five student teams through 12 weeks of EPICS curriculum. Lessons will begin in early September and run until the EPICS Student Project Showcase Competition in early January 2019. Week 1- Project IdentificationWeek 2 - Specification DevelopmentWeek 3 - Specification DevelopmentWeek 4 - Conceptual Design PhaseWeek 5 - Conceptual Design PhaseWeek 6 - Detailed Design PhaseWeek 7 - Detailed Design PhaseWeek 8 - Delivery Design PhaseWeek 9 - Delivery Design PhaseWeek 10 - Service Maintenance Retirement Design PhaseWeek 11 - Final Presentation PrepWeek 12 - Final Presentation PrepWeek 13 – EPICS Student Project Showcase CompetitionWhy student join EPICS teamCompete with teams around Vietnam for your chance to win $500 USD.Present with your team at the American Center and have a chance to be on TVConnect with EPCIS sponsors, Dow Chemical Vietnam, and local organizationsLearn to budget a real project and manage your team’s $100 project budgetImprove your English presenting, writing, speaking, graphic design skills!Gain leadership, design, and project management skillsClasses meet 2 hours a week from September – December 2018 and culminate with a national EPICS Student Project Showcase Competition where three student teams will each be awarded $500 USD. The Final EPICS Showcase Competition provides students with real-world experience communicating their ideas, meeting deadlines, prototyping an innovation, writing a business plan and presenting their solution to the world. A challenging program that builds both technical and soft skills prepares students for a competitive work environment.