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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Continue reading Women’s Initiative of the United Way: Dollar Scholar engagement

Women’s Initiative of the United Way: Dollar Scholar engagement

We worked with the Women’s Initiative of the United Way to enhance their online financial literacy program, Dollar $cholar. This program aims to help empower young women through financial education. A lack of financial literacy training can lead to economic dependence. This financial literacy discrepancy is particularly prevalent amongst women, leading to an increase in…

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Continue reading HVK’s Children Foundation: Improving the user experience on the Lab-in-a-Box for students in Liberia

HVK’s Children Foundation: Improving the user experience on the Lab-in-a-Box for students in Liberia

Project Sponsor: Hawah V. Kamara (HVK) Children’s Foundation HVK’s Children Foundation is a non-profit organization based in both West Africa, Liberia and Worcester, MA. Their mission is to help children, women, and families in sub-Saharan Africa, Liberia. The organization has partnered with 6 different primary and junior high schools in Liberia to coordinate health and…

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Continue reading Main IDEA: Assessing the Need for Accessible Youth Arts Programs in Main South

Main IDEA: Assessing the Need for Accessible Youth Arts Programs in Main South

Project Sponsor: Main IDEA Main IDEA is a nonprofit Youth & Arts organization that offers free arts programming to youth ages 6-17 in Worcester, MA, with a priority given to residents of the Main South neighborhood. with a focus on empowerment and intrinsic motivation. These arts programs include not only visual art, but also music,…

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Continue reading African Community Education: Enhancing Alumni Engagement

African Community Education: Enhancing Alumni Engagement

About the Project: The sponsor of this project was the African Community Education (ACE) organization. The goal of our project was to research best practices in the area to improve alumni engagement of students and families who leave ACE and to create a database for those alumni to help them stay connected. The database will provide…

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Continue reading Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary: Establishing Engineering in Elementary Instruction

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary: Establishing Engineering in Elementary Instruction

Project Sponsor: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Mass Audubon is a nonprofit organization that aims to expand conservation efforts across the state.  Wachusett Meadow is a wildlife sanctuary that is part of Mass Audubon and located in Princeton, Massachusetts.  Wachusett Meadow provides science related instruction, to people of all ages, that directly applies the nature seen…

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Continue reading Quinsigamond Community College: Providing Recommendations for Project-Based Learning Implementations

Quinsigamond Community College: Providing Recommendations for Project-Based Learning Implementations

Project Sponsor: Quinsigamond Community College   Photographed: Project Team, QCC QORE Team, PBL Champions Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is a public 2-year college located in Worcester, Massachusetts. QCC has provided an accessible, affordable, and high quality education to the residents of central Massachusetts since 1963, growing from an enrollment of 300 in 1963 to over 13,000…

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Continue reading The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: Developing a STEAM Strategy

The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: Developing a STEAM Strategy

The goal of this project was to help the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester (BGCW or Club) implement a sustainable after-school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program. Using the Everything STEM Planning Guide created by the Boys & Girls Club of America, we completed a STEM Readiness Pre-Assessment, STEM Improvement Plan, and…

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Continue reading Seven Hills Foundation: Developing an Information System for Assistive Technology Applications

Seven Hills Foundation: Developing an Information System for Assistive Technology Applications

Project Summary Many times each month the Seven Hills Foundation Assistive Technology (AT) program office is contacted to offer advice on what apps might be appropriate for use with the individuals they serve. Most of the staff are hesitant and lack confidence to research the apps for themselves via the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.…

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Continue reading YMCA of Central Massachusetts: Communication at the YMCA

YMCA of Central Massachusetts: Communication at the YMCA

PROJECT SPONSOR The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), originally founded in 1844, is a worldwide nonprofit organizationwhich meets the needs of the community through programs and services.  The YMCA now has many branches scattered throughout the world that continue to aid in building the foundations of the community. The Central Community Branch in Worcester, MA…

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