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Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) is the first school initiated by Purdue University to achieve broader academic and workforce goals. The school’s vision is twofold: reinvent or reimagine high school, and prepare students, especially underrepresented minorities for STEM fields. The school follows a competency-based model that provides students an environment to learn and explore their career passions through hands-on service projects. The school created a dynamic model for introducing projects that allow students to learn about different types of STEM-related fields, such as manufacturing, architecture, construction, engineering, science, technology, and more. The competency-based model provides an opportunity for educators to introduce projects to students at an early stage in their careers in an effort to help them develop a passion for a particular field. These projects can also help students make early choices and decisions about their future career aspirations. The research shows that the competency-based model supports students in learning and developing valuable skills such as collaboration, creative thinking and critical analysis, problem solving, teamwork, and networking. Students who earn a 3.4 GPA and a 1050 on the SAT or a 20 on the ACT are guaranteed direct admittance into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University.
Khan, T., & Whitford, D., & Lambert Snodgrass, L., & Bosman, L., & Watson, S. (2022, August), Reinvent K-12 Education System: Prepare Underrepresented Students for STEM Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/41033
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