Supporting and Showcasing PIT: Building Community through Signature Projects
PIT is a fundamental part of WPI’s project based learning program, yet it is not known by name, nor fully recognized as a field in its own right, nor widely considered as a robust career path. The proposed program will promote the visibility and legitimacy of research, pedagogy, and careers in PIT for WPI faculty, staff, and students by supporting 7 ‘signature projects’. The work undertaken in these individual projects will (a) create a PIT community on WPI campus and (b) initiate a PIT coalition with local partners in Worcester. The project is bookended by 2 major public-facing events designed to bring greater excitement, engagement, and collaboration around PIT: ‘PIT-Fest’ in April, and ‘Social Justice Week’ in November.