Engineering Programs Inspiring the Community (EPIC) Lab

The EPIC Lab provides exciting, hands-on lessons in various topics each semester. This semester we will introduce 6th-8th graders to solar and water concepts. The lesson is the same for each session so choose which date works best with your schedule. This is a free service to the community provided by the College of Engineering. 

What EPIC Lab Offers 

Introduction to Engineering PresentationUNR engineering students talk about what it’s like to be an engineering student and discuss the different types of engineering disciplines. 

High-Quality Instruction: Content is developed by University of Nevada, Reno engineering students. 

Hands-on ActivityParticipants get the opportunity to be engineers and conduct an engineering experiment. 

Social Interaction: Participants will engage in discussions and icebreaker activities. 

This semester we are focusing on solar power and what it means to live off the grid! Join us Saturdays for our in-person EPIC Labs. Registration will be available August 16th. 

September 18th: Sibling Saturday! Are you a 6th-8th grader and have a 3rd-5th grade sibling? Join us for a fun morning on campus. 

October 2nd: Mother-Daughter Engineer Day! Let’s celebrate women in engineering. We’ll be conducting experiments and learning what it’s like to be a young woman studying engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno! 

October 16th: Bring a Friend! Do you and a friend have an interest in engineering? Bring a buddy along and learn about solar power and how to live off grid.

November 6th:  Details to come.

December 4th: Details to come.

Time: All labs run from 9:00am-11:00am.

Fall 2021 EPIC Lab Lesson

Off Grid Living Investigation

This lesson begins with a solar power demonstration which introduces students to the concept of living off grid. Students then receive a lesson on how to use a decision matrix by defining criteria and constraints of a problem. To finish the lesson, students get to use a decision matrix to evaluate different off grid house options.

Recommended age group: 5th grade - 8th grade

All of our K-12 outreach programs are made possible through the generous support of The Mallory Foundation and Nevada Gold Mines. We appreciate their continued support.