Metro Tech High School Engineering and Arizona State University have collaborated together with a project called EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service).
The ASU EPICS program works with four local high schools — Xavier College Preparatory, Metro Tech High School, ASU Preparatory Academy-Polytechnic school and Cesar Chavez High School — in collaborative projects with ASU students to help engage younger students in engineering and technology concepts, and community involvement.
Metro Tech was awarded a $1300 grant to work with the horticulture class to replace their existing awnings.
The future awnings will cover a food production area to prepare homegrown vegetables and school-raised tilapia, an outside classroom with propane grill and outside seating for students, and a food preparation area to promote healthy eating.
This project will begin in January.
The Engineering Projects in Community Service program is a national award-winning social entrepreneurship program. Teams design, build and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organizations.
The project teams address project based learning needs in the Phoenix metropolitan area and around the world in places like Bangladesh, Malawi and Fiji.