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SARAH LEE

Mississippi State University
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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2018 | 05:14 p.m.

    Please watch our video to learn about the revolution in Mississippi to bring equitable access to computing education to all Mississippi citizens! I am Sarah Lee, a native Mississippian, who returned to my roots after a career in industry to engage our youth with computing and encourage them along educational and career pathways.  United we stand, Together we'll rise!

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    Brian Drayton

    Researcher
    May 15, 2018 | 01:04 p.m.

    Thanks for this video, it's important work. Given your interest in the workforce impact, do you focus more on high-school than on the lower grades?  

       Also, I was wondering if you have any particular outreach to the Choctaw people, for whom this program might be very valuable?

     

     
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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2018 | 07:30 p.m.

    Thank you for commenting, Brian. MSU is hosting a Bulldog Bytes summer camp at the Choctaw Tribal schools in June. We also had 6 young women from the Tribal school received the Mississippi Aspirations in Computing award this year.  We are excited that the Tribal School leadership has joined us in this 'revolution.'

    We are focusing on the entire pathway, and current programs, offered collectively through our growing alliance, begin with engagement opportunities for 2nd graders through the emerging workforce.  

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    Ken Ethridge

    Researcher
    May 15, 2018 | 04:04 p.m.

    Great Video and Initiative! Diversity in CS is needed--I agree with Brian Drayton though--we need something local for the Choctaw Indian Reservation. I teach Computer Science at East Central Community College and we have zero Native American engineers <or> computer science majors (we graduated our only one this Spring sending her to Miss. State). 

     

     
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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2018 | 07:35 p.m.

    Ken, Through our strategy to take K-12 computing outreach to communities throughout Mississippi, we hope to begin to engage and encourage persistence on computing pathways for students that are part of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.  With a camp at the Choctaw Tribal schools for high school students this summer, and an elementary camp for girls in the area, we hope to begin building a supportive pathway for these students. In addition, our interdisciplinary professional development for pre- and in-service teachers across subject areas in K-12 schools throughout the state will increase the engagement of all students in computing...meeting them where they are in other subjects of interest and throughout their school day.  

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    Lisa Miller

    Facilitator
    May 15, 2018 | 05:27 p.m.

    Thank you for the video! You are doing important work!  Have you encountered challenges recruiting students for the Mississippi Coding Academy, or K-12 teachers and students to "explore computer science".  Could you say a little more about the work you are doing with K-12 teachers.  Thanks!

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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 03:40 p.m.

    Lisa, my response is listed below...apparently I forgot to press the reply link before entering response.

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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2018 | 10:05 p.m.

    We have had some challenges in more rural areas recruiting for the initial coding academy cohorts. The concept is new and many are unsure about this unconventional path until success can be demonstrated. Having industry backing and commitment from the onset is a plus; students know that they have opportunities for employment after completing the program because of that commitment.

    Our Bulldog Bytes K-12 student outreach program was founded in 2013, and teacher professional development was added in 2015.  For the student outreach activities, we had to recruit the first year but have had to turn away students every year since.  We always have a waiting list for teachers to attend the teacher PD. In addition to the teacher workshops in the summers, we bring the teachers back to campus with some of their students to showcase their work during the academic year. Preliminary evidence indicates that teachers from a variety of disciplines are engaged and learning computer science in the context of their current subject domain. I believe strongly that to engage youth in CS we need to meet them where they are (in the context of subjects they are already comfortable with), and I believe the same holds true for teachers.  Teachers can develop self efficacy and skill sets in CS in the domains that they are already confident in. We don't have to 'pull them out' of their comfort zone and send them to CS training....we just need to meet them where they are.

     
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    Stephen Uzzo

    Facilitator
    May 16, 2018 | 07:55 a.m.

    Thanks for the video, a wake up call for enfranchising a generation to develop computer science skills. In our experience in underserved communities, empowering teens to solve real problems, then providing rigorous opportunities to gain the computational skills to address them is a winning combination and helps them persist in the STEM ecosystem. Would like to hear more about, on the one hand, what your strategies are for getting young people involved in CS, and how do you retain them, or help them succeed in higher ed.

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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 03:48 p.m.

    At MSU, we have developed the Bulldog Bytes outreach program to engage K-12 students in co-curricular CS activities. Building on that inter-disciplinary curriculum, we have developed an approach to training K-12 teachers to integrate CS into their content areas.  Both of these programs engage a wide range of students in the state of Mississippi. We target Aspirations in Computing and Bulldog Bytes alumni as near-peer mentors for our summer outreach programs, which keeps these students engaged year over year.  Peer mentoring and tutoring have been very helpful for us in retaining students once they enter our department (Computer Science, Software Engineering majors).

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    Anushree Bopardikar

    Facilitator
    May 16, 2018 | 09:14 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing this video - this work is much needed to empower and nurture the youth and workforce in Mississippi with critical STEM skills! I think it's wise to bring on board industry partners from the outset to assure employment opportunities to students. Can you say more about the role of the industry partners in this effort? For example, do the students enrolled in the Coding Academies interact directly with workplace professionals during the 11month immersive program? I can imagine that STEM professionals in local work settings may serve as rich, real-world "models" of what it looks like to engage in computing-based careers. Would love to hear your thoughts about this!

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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 03:52 p.m.

    The Coding Academy students do interact with industry partners, both in the classroom with guest speakers and on field trips to employer locations.  It is important to note that the Coding Academies are funding primarily by industry partners, and an Academy is not established without industry commitment up front. This commitment involves agreement (at a minimum) to hire graduates into internship-type positions that can, with acceptable performance by the individual, grow into permanent status.

     
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    Lucia Dettori

    K-12 Administrator
    May 21, 2018 | 11:05 a.m.

    Good work. Love the state-wide approach.

    We are working at the K-12 level in Chicago Public Schools and have made CS a grad requirement but we are also thinking about how to scale this at the state level. It takes a village !

    http://stemforall2018.videohall.com/presentatio...

     
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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 21, 2018 | 02:39 p.m.

    We believe that, regarding K-12, we must integrate computer science and computational thinking into all subject areas.  By introducing computing into the context of other subjects that students may already be interested in, students have the opportunity to learn the relevancy of computing.  Great work in Chicago!

  • May 21, 2018 | 05:50 p.m.

     You outlined the problem brilliantly and provided a clear vision for your consortium of organizations. I definitely want to learn more. I have been exploring https://www.bulldogbytes.online/ and The Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing and https://www.mscoding.org/. Congratulations on your partnerships and thank you for sharing your video!

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    Sarah Lee

    Lead Presenter
    May 21, 2018 | 07:14 p.m.

    I happy to talk with you and provide additional information.  Thank you for watching the video!

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