Bar Harbor, a seaside town on Mount Desert Island in Maine, is known for its rugged coastlines, boating traditions, and proximity to majestic Acadia National Park. Since 2012, teams of WPI students have experienced these features while completing their Interactive Qualification Project (IQP) – a project that requires teams to address an issue that matters to real people – at WPI Bar Harbor Project Center.
Projects undertaken at the center focus on the relationships and intersections between the humanities, technology and environmental sustainability. Many seek to help preserve the natural environment of Acadia National Park by alleviating problems arising from the park’s growing popularity, as Acadia is both one of the smallest and one of the most visited national parks. from America. Project results impact the environment and the local community, and also offer solutions to problems faced by other national parks across the United States.
Students visit the center in the summer and have many opportunities to enjoy the natural environment they help preserve through activities such as hiking, rock climbing, sailing and whale watching.
Learn about four student projects that were completed at the Bar Harbor Project Center in the summer of 2017 and the impact these projects have on the local community.