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JEREMY BABENDURE

Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Commerce Authority
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 14, 2017 | 11:53 p.m.

    The Chief Science Officers initiative was developed to enhance student voice in the conversation of STEM and innovation. We would love to hear from you...

    What type of opportunities are you aware of that increase student voice in STEM in your area?

    Are you interested to build a cabinet of Chief Science Officers in your area? Express your interest to join the movement through the online discussion.

     

    Sincerely,

    Jeremy

     
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    Linda Christopher

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 22, 2017 | 03:25 p.m.

    Hi Jeremy - Linda Christopher here - with UC Irvine and our Women Advancing Through Technology Program.

    Sounds like the CSO work is going great - I think you have a wonderful program and I wish you all the best!

    Linda (formerly from OC STEM)

     
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    Michael Haney

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    May 15, 2017 | 08:49 a.m.

    Can you tell us a bit more about how the students who are elected by their peers to participate?  They seem highly motivated and I'm wondering if this program builds on their pre-existing STEM interests or is trying to seed interest in a broader range of students who are elected because the are leaders and not necessarily interested in STEM?  

    You have invited others interested in similar programs.  Have you found a way to scale your successes?  If so, do you envision them as cloning your successful program or is there more local adaptation needed?  

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 15, 2017 | 12:50 p.m.

    The students are selected by their peers as part of an election process. We leave it up to the school to determine the specifics but we find they integrate into their existing student government or sometimes run an independent election for STEM. We find the kids that are able to garner the votes are often influential with their peers to seed changes in attitudes about STEM. This is actually a key component of our research in our current ITEST grant.

    We are currently exploring scale with three groups in Southern Oregon, the Great Lakes Bay MI and St. Louis to develop CSO cabinets in their areas. We have an additional 8-10 groups also exploring the feasibility to develop a cabinet in their area. Overall, we are trying to keep core facets of the program consistent (election, curriculum objectives, support of CSOs) but find the regions are adapting on what they provide for training and what the CSOs do is dependent upon the area. 

     
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    Michael Haney

    Facilitator
    May 16, 2017 | 06:57 a.m.

    This seems to be a very nice project that has the potential to bring student voices to the policy table.  Do you feel that the CSOs will sustain these types of activities beyond ITEST funding?

     
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    John Odhiambo

    Researcher
    May 16, 2017 | 07:23 a.m.

    Halo Michael, the good thing with this project is that it is the pet project of the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Education and our Director is also very much interested in the whole project. The CSOs would be able to sustain the activities I believe beyond the ITEST funding

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

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    May 16, 2017 | 06:29 p.m.

    To address the sustainability question we have been working towards this with a few angles:

    1. We started the program charging the schools an activity fee of $400 per student. Although this does not cover all the costs, it helps the schools have skin in the game. So far we have been able to garner this support over 2 years for 130 then 220 CSOs.

    2. We have been able to raise a base level of community and corporate sponsorship. We find that these benefactors like that we are raising money from other sources.

    3. We are working to develop school specific sponsors that can basically "adopt" the CSO program or school to keep it going. This can hopefully cover additional costs that might occur such as school events, transportation, teacher stipends and etc.

     
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    Vivian Guilfoy

    Senior Advisor
    May 15, 2017 | 11:16 a.m.

    Inspiring to see the level of enthusiasm and the public private partnerships that come together to enable student voice.  Are you documenting the outcomes of what students say and do....e.g. new "products" they have imagined or developed; contributions they have made to policy or program ideas for local, state or even national levels?   

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 15, 2017 | 12:54 p.m.

    Yes, especially with our ITEST grant which supports an team to look at process and impact outcomes. For the year prior, we did put together an table summarizing what we captured as outcomes for the CSOs but likely missed quite a few. See here. Hope is with the eval team to have a better process to capture much more. In addition, we are working to have a best practices portal where CSOs can post their own best practices online and infuse their voice in the process.

     
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    Thomas Kalil

    Facilitator
    May 15, 2017 | 08:30 p.m.

    What are the types of questions that adults are asking students?  Are there particular questions or topics where adult decision-makers are particularly open to student leadership or input?

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 16, 2017 | 01:48 a.m.

    Hi, Thomas,

    A lot of it depends upon the setting the CSOs are positioned in. A few examples:

    - CSOs worked with Congressional Rep Grijalva to develop a brief about barriers and solutions to the STEM workforce. He used this info with his peers in Congress.

    - CSOs took part in a panel moderated by Klaus from Change the Equation to inform Phoenix area funders about the current climate in STEM education

    - CSOs ran a workshop about starting a robotics club in a school at a local STEM conference.

    - CSOs took part in a focus groups with our regional LNRG team to provide feedback on a STEM/Education intervention they had in mind.

    Overall, adults are usually not used to students being so vocal and knowledgeable about the STEM climate and tend to be very receptive when they speak, especially in non-traditional business and community settings. Given the students are the end user and in school most the day, they have a lot of important insights to add in the conversation.

     

     

     
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    John Odhiambo

    Researcher
    May 16, 2017 | 02:27 a.m.

    Love this discussion and reflecting on our Kenyan situation and specifically CEMASTEA where the Cabinet Secretary (CS) mandated us to start 47 STEM schools in the 47 counties(equivalent to districts). The challenge so far is what would be a good STEM seconadry school in the Kenyan context. It is also expected that principals are sensitized STEM and teachers trained! 

    Any content areas that would be worth considering folks?  

    Our very able Dr Tom Mboya is driving this agenda in CEMASTEA and I would wish him to join this conversation as they go to develop the content to take teachers through to be able to start off STEM in our selected schools so far.

    A baseline survey was already carried out on STEM readiness of the schools and the report is about to be out.

     

    John 

     
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    John Odhiambo

    Researcher
    May 16, 2017 | 02:39 a.m.

    on watching one of the videos I observe that:

    1. students lead in their won learning rather than being told what is to be learned

    2. the activities focus the learners in a specific way to develop confidence and to be critical thinkers and NOT focused on examinations!

    3. the environment is very conducive to develop STEMness in learners what Dr. Tom calls 'C-STEM'! to mean classroom CLIMATE! It is not a scenario where teachers dominate in the classroom and learners 'fear' them in case they make 'mistakes' and be rebuked!

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 16, 2017 | 04:01 a.m.

    Would be interesting to try and get CSOs out in Kenya. Is this something you would be interested to talk more about?

     
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    John Odhiambo

    Researcher
    May 16, 2017 | 05:50 a.m.

    Sure this would be great! I need to connect you to our coordinator at CEMASTEA, Dr. Tom Mboya to have further discussions with him! He is a great guy and with a lot of ideas on STEM. His email is: tjokaya2015@gmail.com 

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 16, 2017 | 06:24 p.m.

    Great! I've just followed up with Tom.

     
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    John Odhiambo

    Researcher
    May 17, 2017 | 12:41 a.m.

    Hi that is wonderful! He is an amazing guy! He has tried to bring main organizations together under what he calls Multi-Sectorial Approach =where a number of partners from a number of government agencies are brought on board to discuss the issues of STEM in our secondary school(eg Kenya Vision 2013,our curriculum development agency(KICD),the body that manages examination in Kenya(KNEC), teacher employer(TSC), Ministry of education,among others!!!!  

     
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    Anna Suarez

    Facilitator
    May 17, 2017 | 12:25 p.m.

    Hi Jeremy, I love the enthusiasm and empowerment students exhibited in your video.

    How long do students stay in CSO program? Time commitment during the school year and summer? Also, what type of research questions and data is your project addressing?

    If you are not familiar with Roadtrip Nation (http://roadtripnation.com), you may want to review their STEM career tools and possibly partner with them on a future project targeting to further support your STEM ambassadors. I'm happy to connect you if you're interested.   

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 17, 2017 | 09:18 p.m.

    First it would be great if you could make an intro with your contacts at roadtripnation. My email for reference is jeremyb@azcommerce.com

    To address your questions:

    - We are finding about 25% stay on for a second season (although we are in our second year so only have one year of data). Our hope is for this to get closer to 50% as the 2nd year students are amazing. They have the first year to get accustomed with the program and the second to really work on community action. It will be interesting to see if we get any 3rd years for next season.

    - Time commitment is 2-3 days during the summer institute. During the academic year we ask the students to attend at least 2 opportunities in the community. Each of these can take a full day of school. In addition, we look for students to make a commitment at their school. Depending upon the project it can range in time but hope they commit about 1 hour a week. In addition they post to our online Canvas community. This should take about 15min per week.

    - We have 2 research questions. The first is the impact on student attitudes about STEM and STEM careers of the generation student populations, i.e. we are trying to assess the impact 2 CSOs as a school can have on their school culture. The second looks at the types of resources a student ambassador can garner from the local community such as donations, sponsorships, STEM professional time, programs and etc.

     
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    Anna Suarez

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2017 | 04:24 p.m.

    Hi Jeremy, thank you so much for your thorough response.  What a neat project!  I look forward to seeing if your student retention continues to increase and how your support and activities change with students during year 2. Btw, do students receive credit for participation? 

    Regarding RTN, I am sending an introduction email to you and Mike.  Please let me know if you need anything additional these.  You will find Mike to be a great guy and one who is willing to partner.   I think leveraging your resources will be added value to students and the field.  

    Thanks again for sharing your project and for the wonderful work you're doing!

     

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 18, 2017 | 04:31 p.m.

    Thanks again for the intro.

    At this point the students do not receive a formal credit. We have been in communications with a local college to give some sort of communication credit for their experience. Currently we are able to provide a certificate signed by the Arizona Governor.

     
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    Anna Suarez

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2017 | 06:35 p.m.

    Hi Jeremy, FYI- I just connected you and Mike. Please let me know if you need any thing else from my end. 

    All the best! 

     
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    April Lindala

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 19, 2017 | 03:02 p.m.

    Boozhoo Jeremy and team:   I love the idea of giving voice to the students about STEM. I'm wondering about parent(s)/guardian(s), communities, and tribal governments?

    miigwech, April

     
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    Jeremy Babendure

    Presenter
    May 19, 2017 | 11:42 p.m.

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Parents - we have several engaged parents and are working to have some sort of parent org that supports the CSO efforts and hopefully will engage other parents.

    Communities - a key role of the CSO is to engage in their community. Many have interacted with City councils, NGOs, business and etc.

    Tribal Governments - no governments yet but do have started to gain interest from tribal schools.

     
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    Anna Suarez

    Facilitator
    May 19, 2017 | 05:20 p.m.

    Dual-enrollment credits may be a possibility...so glad you're looking into this!  Good luck with Mike.

     
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