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MS in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2019
Thesis: Student Strategies for Collaborative Disciplinary Decision Making in an Elementary Engineering Teaching Experiment
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver, 2017
Nicole is a mechanical engineering student who has crossed the country from Denver to Massachusetts to continue her studies as an MS/PhD candidate and Abriola Fellow. She was drawn to the CEEO immediately for its connection to elementary engineering education and outreach. Her academic interests include the development of curricula and teaching tools, decision making in engineering, and the interplay of groupwork dynamics and engineering. In her Master's work, she studied strategies that 4th grade students enacted to make decisions together in an engineering design challenge she co-designed and co-taught. For her dissertation work, Nicole plans to study the ways that novice engineers work in a group to reconcile many design concepts into a single physical artifact, and ways that facilitators can support them in this endeavor. Outside of school and work at the CEEO, Nicole likes to read, cook, make music, hike, bike, and climb stuff.
Nicole is a graduate research assistant on the ConnecTions project, working with local elementary school teachers and MBTA professionals to develop and study integrated science and engineering curriculum units and students' science and engineering ideas, practices, and attitudes.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Batrouny, N. A., & Wendell, K. B., & Dalvi, T. S. (2018, June), Board 117: Elementary Students' Disciplinary Practices During Integrated Science and Engineering Units (Work in Progress). Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Batrouny, N. A. (2019). Student Strategies for Collaborative Disciplinary Decision Making in an Elementary Engineering Teaching Experiment (Master's thesis). Tufts University, Medford, MA.