What is the history of the project center and the sponsor relationship with Acadia National Park?


Frederick Bianchi: The first year we were here (2012) we had nine students—in 2017 we had 20— so there has been a strong, continuous growth in the program. I attribute that growth to word of mouth. The students like it here and they tell their fellow students about it. When we originally came to Bar Harbor, we didn't have any collaboration or association with Acadia National Park, so the initial projects were not sponsored by the park. Over that first year we reached out to contacts at the park and shared the story of WPI—what our project-based learning curriculum is all about, and it didn't take long until we convinced them to support this program. Our successful program is where it is now because of the collaboration of the national park and what its staff members bring to this project center.