Project-Based Learning at WPI

Since 1970, project-based learning has been the core of WPI’s undergraduate curriculum, known as the WPI Plan, providing students a professional and social context to apply their acquired skills and abilities. The curriculum features integrative project work across four years, both in the major and in general education, in classrooms, and around the globe at our more than 50 project centers. Under the Plan, students work closely with faculty and each other to develop solutions to real-world problems in their own communities and in communities around the globe. Participating in team and individual research settings, students tackle authentic, open-ended projects under faculty guidance. In the process, they master critical thinking, sharpen research skills, fine-tune written and oral communication skills, and connect the curriculum to local and global issues.