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Are your students innovators seeking to make a change in their community and the world? Encourage them to enroll in FSE 104: EPICS Gold I!

This one-credit course is offered on both the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses. Students will work as a team to create an innovative solution to a real-world problem to benefit charities, schools and other not-for-profit charities. Check out this story on EPICS team Engineering Smiles to see for yourself!

engsmilesFor developing countries, dental care is considered a luxury. Many are left with disfigured smiles, which can negatively affect one’s self-esteem and can present itself as a hindrance when looking for employment. Engineering Smiles came to the rescue, working with IMAHelps to create a mobile dental clinic to be used in developing areas. The space would be a location for dental care and education. When it’s not on the move, the team plans for the mobile dental clinic to be stationed at the Universidad Católica de Nicaragua (UNICA). Engineering Smiles has been featured in media outlets such as ADA News, USAToday, Arizona Republic, Engineering for Change, AZ Stem Network, Christian Science Monitor and more. In February 2016 the team accrued enough funding to purchase a 24-foot trailer from Becker Custom Trailers. This trailer will be air-conditioned, have electricity and be customized to fit the needs of the mobile dental clinic.

Questions? Contact Jade Silva, Coordinator Senior-Student Engagement, at

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