Project-based Learning

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In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s natural for education to evolve along with it. Project-based learning (PBL) is essential to fostering more skilled, empathetic, confident, experienced students—and, in turn, members of society. And over the last 50 years, we’ve not only mastered this pedagogy rooted in hands-on learning, but set tens of thousands of students on the course for success in the process.

Learning doesn’t stop once students leave the classroom, and more than ever, students need to be prepared not only for their first job, but for their careers and lives for years to come. It’s imperative for students and educators alike that we implement project-based learning in higher education. Doing so will be crucial in elevating education, its outcomes, and impact on the ever-changing global challenges we face as a society.

Featured Student Project

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Uranium and The Navajo Nation

Kylar Foley ’24’s research highlights the dangers of uranium mines, emphasizing both the chemical and radiological effects

From the University Magazine


Global Impact: WPI’s First Project Center

WPI's Washington DC project center celebrates its 50th year

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Pitch Perfect

Gabriela Hoops ’19 operates at the crucial intersection between sports and tech.

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It's Good to be King

DraftKings Co-founder Paul Liberman ’05 Builds a Gaming Empire with an Engineering Mindset

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Student Project: Predicting NFL Player Performance

Students analyzed whether data collected during the league’s main scouting event could accurately predict how wide receivers performed during real games