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A Unique Collection 24 Students’ Work on COVID-19

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Faculty Advisors Melissa Belz and Bob Hersh, and 24 students

COVID-19 Collection

This collection showcases the work of 24 students who pursued different dimensions of the covid-19 crisis, including medical stories, the college experience, impacts on work, the outdoors, and the sense of the pandemic

The Effect of COVID-19 on WPI IQP Projects

Due to the sudden eruption of the coronavirus pandemic, universities across the country have had to pivot to deliver academic content in the distance environment. WPI faced a unique challenge in that each term a large proportion of the junior class completes an immersive, off-campus project-based learning experience, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). The IQP allows students to address an important challenge that lies at the interaction of society, technology and the environment.
Student and advisor project teams that were scheduled to complete IQPs at off-campus project centers in the spring had to quickly pivot to adapt existing projects or identify and develop new projects and complete these projects in the online environment, while still achieving the central goal of the IQP to engage with real world problems and stakeholders.
This page highlights the work of IQP teams that focused their efforts on examining different dimensions of the covid-19 crisis itself. Striking so fundamentally at the human-environment condition and affecting society across all strata, the crisis requires the kinds of integrative thinking that the IQP aims to foster in students. The COVID-19 Platform presents some of this project work, showing a variety of ways in which student-advisor teams are addressing the crisis.

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