ABOUT THE PROJECT
As part of the access and ability sector, the CAR Team is responsible for designing and building specially equipped cars which can accommodate a co-driver. Our mission is to increase the confidence and self-esteem of children with disabilities and encourage their participation in social activities with their peers. Our desire is to hearten the spirit of competition among individuals 8-18 years of age, and grant them the opportunity to soar down the track.
The EPICS Project
Engineering Projects in Community Service, EPICS, was founded at Purdue University in the fall of 1995. EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems. Each EPICS team has a multi-year partnership with a community service or education organization. Projects are in four broad areas: human services, access and abilities, education and outreach, and the environment. So far, Purdue EPICS teams have delivered over 150 projects to their community.
About the Team
The EPICS CAR Team comprises of 12 members. We are currently in the process of developing an override mechanism for an accessible soap box derby car that would allow a rear driver to take control over the vehicle's steering if it is determined that their steering is unsafe to the other racers. We currently working on this project for our community partner, the Ford Wilson Race of Champions.
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