Welcome to EPICS Imagination Station
We are an EPICS team in Purdue that designs and creates fun and innovative exhibits for local children's museums using engineering.
We love designing and building interactive exhibits for local children's museums using technologies that would invoke their curiosity in science. We are currently working on three different projects:
Laser Maze - Maze that uses mirrors and lasers with the goal of reaching the end
Mars Rover - Mock Mars Rover and enclosure for kids to interact with and complete missions
Weather Kiosk - An interactive system where kids can learn what it's like being a meteorologist
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The Mars rover team is designing a mock Mars rover project for kids to control. Our goal is to interest children in STEM, space, and robotics at a young age by showing them what a day at NASA might be like using interactive Mars Rover missions. The team is currently split into two subteams: Alpha and Beta. The Alpha team is working on and improving the already delivered rover. The Beta team is working on the successor of the Alpha rover, which will have improved functionality including a movable camera arm and missions for the kids to carry out.
The laser maze is a timed game that requires the user to turn mirrors to reflect a laser. The objective is to get the laser to the end and contact a sensor. Currently, the team is working on cleaning up the appearance and optimizing the code for the motors. The goal of this project is to have fun pretending to be engineers and educate them about satellites and deep space communications using updated mirror mounts.
The weather kiosk is a children's science exhibit with the objective of creating a role-learning game experience as a meteorologist. It has an intended audience of 6-10 year olds. It will be built around the technology of a depth camera. There are four different characters with four different extreme weather conditions. The kids will be able to choose which character/weather condition they want to interact with. The kiosk will allow the kids to mock broadcast a weather report, which will be able to be sent to their family via email.