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Epsilon Academics is an entirely student-run educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes STEM initiative and learning to students in Northern Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan Area. Epsilon Academics is most well known for its free mentoring sessions which take place in public schools across Fairfax County.
Epsilon Academics was founded by Fairfax High School (Fairfax, Virginia) students Justin Ortega and Manish Balamurugan on December 14, 2018. Starting in the fall of 2018, Epsilon Academics started an educational enrichment program at Lanier Middle School. Epsilon Academics helped run various after-school clubs at Lanier Middle School including English Learners' Academy, Mathcounts, and Science Olympiad. Later, Epsilon Academics went on to form their very own "STEM Club" at Lanier Middle School which was entirely run by Epsilon Academics volunteers.
Within six months of operation, Epsilon Academics' volunteers have volunteered for over 150 hours in total. Epsilon Academics also hosted Fairfax High School's first ever Major League Hacking LocalHost Event on March 28, 2019.
Epsilon Academics founders Justin Ortega and Manish Balamurugan were members of Math Honor Society and tutored students on a consistent basis. They noticed a lack of academic enrichment opportunities at Fairfax High School and they were determined to change that. They then contacted school officials at Lanier Middle School to institute a tutoring program between Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School students. Soon after, Justin Ortega filed Articles of Incorporation to the State Corporation Commission of Virginia. They received their certification of incorporation on December 14, 2018. During the following two months, Justin Ortega drafted Epsilon Academics' submission of Form 1023, the application for recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Epsilon Academics later received recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Epsilon Academics administrators met with Lanier Middle School officials in November 2018 in order to discuss plans for a mentorship program between Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School. Members who participated in the meeting consisted of Tu Phillips, Justin Ortega, Manish Balamurugan, Venkat Kuppoor, Leo Ouyang, Eunu Lim, and Aashish Gullanki. The meeting was successful and the program was implemented one week following their meeting. Fairfax High School students met at Lanier Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays on a weekly basis. When school days on Mondays and Wednesdays concluded at Fairfax High School (Fairfax, Virginia), Epsilon Academics tutors met at the CUE Bus stop outside Fairfax High School to travel to Lanier Middle School. Epsilon Academics' tutors initially helped run English Learners' Academy and Science Olympiad during Lanier Middle School's after school program. Eventually, Epsilon Academics mentored additional after school clubs at Lanier Middle School. Epsilon Academics tutored students in Mathcounts. Mathcounts club was previously discontinued at Lanier Middle School for several years prior to Epsilon Academics' program at Lanier Middle School. Epsilon Academics' tutors helped Mathcounts members prepare for their first Mathcounts competition on February 2, 2019 at George Mason University. In Spring 2019, Epsilon Academics started their own club at Lanier Middle School: STEM Club. With the help of Lanier Middle School's Technical Education teacher Matt Bechtel, Epsilon Academics utilized Lanier Middle School's Hackerspace for their STEM Club's activities. For the following three months, Epsilon Academics instructed students in STEM Club. The students developed gliders, worked with Makey Makeys, and various other projects. In May 2019, Epsilon Academics concluded their mentorship program at Lanier Middle School for the 2018-2019 School Year.
Manish Balamurugan and Justin Ortega founded Project Epsilon Club at Fairfax High School on January 30, 2019. The club was composed in order to recruit students to tutor for Epsilon Academics and to host outreach events at Fairfax High School. Project Epsilon Club hosted Fairfax High School's first ever Major League Hacking Local Host event on March 28, 2019. Epsilon Academics contributed to the start of Lanier Middle School's STEM Initiative Program. Epsilon Academics administrators Manish Balamurugan, Justin Ortega, Aashish Gullanki, and Dhruv Batra participated in the Lanier Middle School STEM Initiative Program's initial outreach event on May 2, 2019 to discuss future plans. Project Epsilon Club went on to sponsor Fairfax High School's NASA WEAR Challenge Team. Fairfax High School's NASA WEAR Team hosted an outreach event titled "NASA's Journey to Mars" which was sponsored by Epsilon Academics. On July 27, 2019, Epsilon Academics hosted its first public outreach event titled "3D Modeling Workshop" at Chantilly Regional Library. From August 5–9, 2019, Epsilon Academics played a major role in running Fairfax County's annual Innovation Camp at Lanier Middle School for upwards of 100 students.
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