Students from the American University of Armenia (AUA) are taking courses at WPI this term in preparation for integrated project team work they will do with WPI students, who will travel to the Armenia Project Center in the spring term.
Following C-Term classes on campus, the Armenian students and 16 WPI students will travel to the Armenia Project Center, where they will work to make lasting positive change for the community, said Michael Aghajanian, WPI adjunct instructor and director of the WPI Armenia Project Center.
Paula Quinn, associate director, Center for Project-Based Learning and adjunct instructor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division, is the instructor for the social science methods prep course WPI students are taking before going to Armenia to work on their projects.
“This is a new approach to student projects that’s significantly different from the way it’s typically done,” she says.
Aghajanian recalls that he had valuable mentors in his “learning and earning” phases, and he aims to be a good mentor himself. “This is not an original idea, but I see my life in three stages: learn, earn, return,” he said.