Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) Service Learning

  • EPICS is a cooperative project of Purdue University and C4 Columbus Area Career Connection.  Funds provided by this grant have made it possible for C4 students to use their training to design and build STEM-related projects for Love Chapel (Columbus' food pantry), Columbus Parks and Recreation, and Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation.  


    Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation - Eagle Pen

    New eagle structure
     C4 Construction Engineering Technology students built a 20-square-foot enclosure to house a nonreleasable bald eagle at Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Utopia, near Hope, provides veterinary care, rehabilitation, and release for injured and orphaned native Indiana wild animals, birds, and birds of prey. The center also conducts educational programs throughout Indiana.
        Utopia expects to receive the bald eagle, which will be included in educational programming, this spring.
    The Republic
    November 17, 2008
    News, page A7
    Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation - Eagle Flight Cage

    The flight cage team
    Nine Columbus North High School seniors in the Cconstruction engineering technology program are constructed a flight cage for birds at Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators as part of their senior projects. They are the first group to complete a senior project as a large team. The students are Kassidy Stahl, James Hill, Seth Hill, Cameron Voegrel, Eric Green, Camden Johnson, Devin Renner, Tom Wagner, and Jacob Meredith. Their instructors are Mike Metz and Darin Johnson. The students will research laws concerning rehabilitation, requirements for caging, the birds that will use the cage, the rehabilitation process, and building techniques.

    The Republic
    July 25, 2011
    News, page A10


    Columbus Parks & Recreation Project

    Students in Darin Johnson's Architecture class have completed the designs for the pressbox at the temporary baseball field at Clifty Park.  It is located at Diamond 21 and is approximately 10' x 15'.  Columbus Parks and Recreation Board reviewed the design, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources also approved the design, due to the location being in a flood plain. 

    Press box