Continue reading Improving Water Quality of Green Hill Park Ponds and Investigating the Feasibility of an Irrigation System Using Pond Water

Improving Water Quality of Green Hill Park Ponds and Investigating the Feasibility of an Irrigation System Using Pond Water

Project Description Water pollution in surface water is attributed to stormwater runoff, introducing nutrients and sediment into water bodies. This project researched the historical and current conditions impacting the Green Hill Park Ponds, as well as researched the feasibility of using Pond water to irrigate the adjacent golf course. Samples of the water from both…

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Continue reading Fostering Community Through Alumni Outreach: Design and Development of an Electronic Alumni Survey for the Latino Education Institute

Fostering Community Through Alumni Outreach: Design and Development of an Electronic Alumni Survey for the Latino Education Institute

Project Description While the Latino Education Institute (LEI) provide exceptional services to their students, the organization is relatively small and is currently investing in more insight in their programs via usage of a new internal database and solidifying communication from their alumni network. Our team has developed a system consisting of an alumni survey with…

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Continue reading Girls Inc. of Worcester: Developing an Outdoor STEM Curriculum for Camp Kinneywood

Girls Inc. of Worcester: Developing an Outdoor STEM Curriculum for Camp Kinneywood

Project Description During this project, we researched and interviewed organizations to create environmental science STEM curriculum for Worcester Girls Inc. Camp Kinneywood summer camp. The team conducted focus groups and pilot studies to evaluate and assess the curriculum. They provided a binder containing all the lesson plans with activity instructions and information related to the…

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Continue reading Indian Lake Watershed Association: Modernizing Archival Management

Indian Lake Watershed Association: Modernizing Archival Management

Project Description The Indian Lake Watershed Association (ILWA), having organizational issues, tasked us with creating an Archive. Our objectives included gathering information on the best archiving practices, deciding the historical relevance of the documents, and creating an archiving manual. We created an Archiving structure, reorganized and scanned all physical documents, and implemented the structure to…

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Continue reading Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Project Description Through our project, we aimed to facilitate and simplify the food distribution and data management process for the local food pantry, El Buen Samaritano. By implementing a technological solution, we hoped to improve the inventory system that the organization is currently using. Shifting from the current pen-and-paper system to a digital system, the…

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Continue reading Worcester Regional Food Hub: Helping the WRFH with Retail Expansion

Worcester Regional Food Hub: Helping the WRFH with Retail Expansion

Project Description Our project is to help the Worcester Regional Food Hub (WRFH) by recommending them a POS system as well as presenting research on online retail outlets such as Grubhub and Instacart. The WRFH is moving to Union Station in 2023, and will have a new retail store, thus prompting the need for a…

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Continue reading Welcome NST: Integrating Technology

Welcome NST: Integrating Technology

Project Description WelcomeNST is a refugee resettlement organization using a private co-sponsorship model. Our project used technology to improve communication and information storage at WelcomeNST. We conducted interviews with Slack experts and NST members and observed WelcomeNST’s Slack workspace. We found communication disconnects, decentralized knowledge and resources, and technology limitations. We investigated potential Slack add…

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Continue reading DoughBoyz: Cooking up a Sustainable Plan for Community Events

DoughBoyz: Cooking up a Sustainable Plan for Community Events

Project Description The project team researched and assessed the current operations of DoughBoyz. From this, they identified bottlenecks and areas of improvement where DoughBoyz can optimize their profits for use towards charitable events. The team developed several deliverables that will help DoughBoyz hold consistent Community Breakfast events. These deliverables consisted of a cost analysis spreadsheet,…

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Continue reading Technocopia: Increasing Accessibility and Belonging at Technocopia

Technocopia: Increasing Accessibility and Belonging at Technocopia

Project Description This project worked with Technocopia, a makerspace in Worcester, MA, to foster accessibility in training and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in their space. We interviewed staff, instructors, members, and DEIB specialists, and evaluated the CNC machining training through participant observation. We found that Technocopia has a need for: reference and safety…

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