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September 29, 2013

Course using virtual online internships tries to hook prospective engineers

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by Karen Herzog, Journal Sentinel

At a time when educators worry about a critical shortage of engineers in the United States — and especially female engineers — this course developed at UW-Madison is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. It aims to improve engineering student retention by hooking and reeling in prospective engineers their first semester of college. The virtual internships unfold over the semester in a video game simulation complete with bosses, conflicting priorities, hard-to-please clients and pressing deadlines. The course is one of seven introductory engineering options offered to freshmen.

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