To improve STEM education in Indiana schools, the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration in the School of Education at Indiana University, in partnership with DirectEmployers Institute, developed Workplace Simulation Projects (WSPs) to synergize collaborations between schools and industry by utilizing industry-aligned tasks and STEM professional volunteers in classrooms. WSPs actively engage students in problem-based learning and critical thinking skills and enhance student STEM content knowledge, awareness, and interest. WSPs are interdisciplinary projects that engage students in daily classroom curriculum and are aligned to state and national learning standards. To date, WSPs have been implemented in partnership with the following industries: life science, defense, healthcare, and hospitality.
For more information on WSPs including research, results, and lessons learned, check out the following WSP Slide Presentation.
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For more complete information regarding the defense industry or hospitality industry WSPs, please click the links below.