Sophomore Selected to Competitive Summer Engineering Program at Cal Poly

Sophomore Selected to Competitive Summer Engineering Program at Cal Poly

May 11, 2017 – Tess Barton ’19 recently learned she was accepted to a selective Cal Poly San Luis Obispo summer engineering program, aptly called 2017 Engineering Possibilities in College (EPIC). EPIC’s mission is “to educate students for careers of service, leadership and distinction in engineering or other fields by using a Learn by Doing, hands-on approach.” All selected participants will be introduced to the varied fields of engineering through hands-on labs taught by university professors and industry professionals. They will see “Learn by Doing” in action when Cal Poly students show them the satellites, prosthetic hands, race cars, concrete canoes, and other products they’ve developed. In addition, EPIC students get to design, build, and test their own projects!

Science teachers have had a big impact on developing Tess’ interest and focus in science at Seattle Academy. Already strong in  mathematics, Tess credits  Mark Wensnahan (Lab Science 9) as a spark that was next ignited by Shelley Kunasek this year in Chemistry 10. It was with Shelley (who also wrote her EPIC recommendation) that Tess has been inspired to double up in her junior year with two-year-long, Honors Science courses: Dedicated Honors Biology and Advanced Chemistry. Her science focus has been fanned even further with many science electives including Sustainability I & II with Tom Flood and Dexter Chapin and Meteorology with Mark Wensnahan. Tess plans to take many more science electives before graduating from SAAS.

*At EPIC, Tess will be gaining valuable exposure to the fourteen fields of engineering  offered at Cal Poly including:

  • Aerospace
  • Architectural
  • Biomedical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Environmental
  • Electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Software

EPIC has experienced tremendous interest in their program with over 1000 applications in 2016. Congratulations to Tess and her family!