1. Eric Hamilton
  2. http://ic4.site
  3. Professor and Principal Investigator
  4. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  5. https://ic4.site/
  6. Pepperdine University
  1. Toby Baker
  2. Teacher and Post Doctoral Researcher
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. https://ic4.site/
  5. Los Angeles Unfied School District, Pepperdine University
  1. Danielle Espino
  2. IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. https://ic4.site/
  5. Pepperdine University
  1. Seung Lee
  2. Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. https://ic4.site/
  5. Pepperdine University
  1. Zach Mbasu
  2. IC4 Research Coordinator
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. https://ic4.site/
  5. African Maths Initiative
  1. Luiz Oliveira
  2. Research Assistant
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. https://ic4.site/
  5. Pepperdine University
  1. Israel Ramirez
  2. Graduate Advocate/Mathematics Teacher
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. https://ic4.site/
  5. Spring Valley High School
  1. Shad Wachter
  2. https://shad647.wixsite.com/shadwachterportfolio
  3. Technology Literacy Teacher
  4. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  5. https://ic4.site/
  6. South Fayette School District
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 10, 2021 | 12:18 p.m.

    Welcome to IC4, the International Community for Collaborative Content Creation. This video seeks to illustrate a vision for building next generation scientists and engineers through international collaboration.  New this year: The (CC) option allows captioning in Kiswahili, Portuguese, Spanish, and English, reflecting the first language of our students and teacher facilitators, including those from Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, and the US and enables more discussion from family and friends of our students in those countries. 

    Participants teach one another through their shared interests and shared projects. They develop sophisticated and lifelong collaboration competencies while navigating scientific learning through the circumstances of the pandemic.  The project has evolved in exciting ways, and we hope to encourage your contribution to a lively conversation thread below.  Please share questions, comments, suggestions, or opportunities to come alongside this network in any way that you find useful.  We are thrilled to have you learn about and from our students and teachers, and to learn about the research underlying this effort. More information and papers are also available at ic4.site.  Welcome!

     
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    Danielle Espino

    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
    May 10, 2021 | 03:25 p.m.

    Hello all,
    Thank you for visiting our video presentation! I want to echo on Dr. Hamilton's introduction-- we are so proud of our IC4 community. A huge thanks to all our partners across the globe-- teacher leaders, peer facilitators, country coordinators, research team and most of all, our student learner participants!

    We are also happy to share that the video was put together by two of our IC4 project alumni, Dante Schulz and Ishtiaque Mahdi (now third year university students) and another research team member, Julia Gibson (third year undergraduate student). We also give shout outs to Rina (IC4 member in Kenya) and Luiz (research team member and global meet-up facilitator) for lending their voices to the narration. We are grateful for their work on the video and continuing efforts in the IC4 community!

    As key players in IC4 the last several years, we are also excited to share additional co-presenters the 2021 showcase: Shad Wachter and Israel Ramirez (teacher leaders from our sites in Pennsylvania and Nevada, respectively), Zachariah Mbasu (country coordinator for Kenya), and Dr. Seung Lee, Dr. Toby Tomlinson Baker, and Luiz Oliveira (Pepperdine research team members).

    Please enjoy :) We welcome you to post comments/questions below. Feel free to also contact us at info@ic4.site (or visit our website, http://ic4.site).   Looking forward to engaging together!

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 12, 2021 | 10:51 a.m.

    Danielle,

     I admire your stewardship in the IC4 project, coordinating all the delicate facets, and keeping a tab on all the meet ups and events that have cumulatively led to the extra-ordinary outcomes, Your kind words to the team members demonstrate the leadership qualities, and ensures that every member appreciates their unique roles.

    Keep the vision as you unleash the strategies!

     
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    Elphas Ongong'o

    K-12 Administrator
    May 12, 2021 | 08:50 p.m.

    I would like to thank Mr. Zach Mbasu for introducing IC4 to our library users at Kongoni Community Library, Kenya. This has transformed the participating students and it has made them work on projects one of them being development of our library website www.kongonilibrary.org. 

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 12, 2021 | 09:00 p.m.

    We are very proud that IC4 students in Kongoni have produced your website, and have built skills for creating digital media in the future.  I think one next step is for the students to show some of their peers in Las Vegas or Pittsburgh or elsewhere how they developed the site, and then to have their peers contribute to the next revision.  Does that seem possible?

     
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    Zach Mbasu

    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Research Coordinator
    May 13, 2021 | 12:32 a.m.

    Thank you Elphas for your feedback. I am glad that for the many months of school closures in Kenya, children from poor and remote Kongoni community still had access to learning through Kongoni library and IC4 club. The learning and growth that students at the library experienced was greatly enhanced and facilitated through their regular positive interactions with their peers from Colegio Bicentenario in Morelia, South Fayette and Spring Valley, taking in others’ ideas, feedback and viewpoints.

     
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    Elphas Ongong'o

    K-12 Administrator
    May 14, 2021 | 01:02 p.m.

    Thank you Eric for your comments on Kongoni IC4 students.  It is a good idea for them to share their knowledge with others on how they developed the website.  However, this will only be possible when they are back from school as they all attent different schools. 

     
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    Amy Alznauer

    Facilitator
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    May 11, 2021 | 07:52 a.m.

    Good Morning Everyone,

    What a beautiful project that capitalizes on the virtual world we’ve all had to occupy and in doing so opens up a form of global communication that might truly enhance student learning. I would love to hear how this worked in practice maybe by hearing about a particular STEM project (the musical instruments for example, a robotics project, or possibly the Rube Goldberg machine). How was a particular project conducted? How were the students from different countries connected? How were language barriers negotiated?  Etcetera.

     You then discussed how you analyzed student learning – what types of prompting would encourage connections and student engagement for example. But I’d love to hear a bit more about how the global and virtual environment (those two components) changed these outcomes. Were you finding that the virtual, international community created around these projects shifted the types of educational practices that work in more traditional classroom settings?

     

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 11, 2021 | 10:47 a.m.

    Hi Amy, and thank you.  I think others may weigh in, but the global aspect changes the nature of the challenges that students bring and discuss in the virtual setting.  We have learned a great deal about rain forest challenges from students there, and we hope to engage in scientists and students there on a sensor-driven fire prevention initiative in the Pantanal, the world's largest rainforest, with the idea that the project could engender replications in the US, and especially in CA where fires are so devastating.  Similarly, students in Kenya might share water management issues that are unique to a sub-Saharan and low income country.  So the students are bringing unique and "this is my life" experience to their peers in other countries.  They do that from the relative comfort of their own country and culture while "stepping into" the culture of their colleagues.  So that is very rewarding to experience.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 11, 2021 | 10:52 a.m.

    Beyond that, the global aspect builds a sense of curiosity and community.  We don't fully understand how deeply virtual communication can help meet our human need to explore and understand the world around us.  And when we do, especially through video interaction, we are in a better position to undo the mistrust and suspicion that has marked all of our cultures when geographic separation defined our differences.  Thank you for your question!

     
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    Ateamate Mukabana

    Undergraduate Student
    May 11, 2021 | 12:07 p.m.

    Hi Amy, just to further answer your questions, the projects are conducted in such a way that students take full responsibility of each and every step that leads to the success of their projects and the leaders just come in to facilitate communications amongst them.

    Students willingly choose to collaborate with each other in a projects of their choice. Facilitators initiate communication to kickstart the collaboration and then follow up with the collaborators till the completion of their collaboration

    For the case of language barrier, IC4 has translators who break the language barriers.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 11, 2021 | 12:17 p.m.

    And Amy, Ms Mukabana's response, in addition to its accuracy, comes from an individual who began facilitating online sessions with professional deftness and insight when she was still a teenager.  Now close to finishing intense mathematics studies at Pwani University in Kenya, she represents the future of her country and east Africa.  We are truly fortunate to have crossed paths with her.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 12, 2021 | 11:04 a.m.

    Amy,

    The responses by Eric, Ateamate and others are precise. Collaboration by students is also digitally enabled, which affords the team members opportunities to improve digital literacy skills besides the inherent learning of concepts relevant to the projects. My son joined the team recently and I observed with awe how he was striving to use Google to translate simple texts to Portuguese. My assessment of this is that the IC4 members are also learning social skills like empathy and are living the spirit of global citizenship. 
    You may have also noted that the video is among the few with multiple language options under CC

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 14, 2021 | 11:18 a.m.

    Dear Amy, Mr Ogwel is a long-time colleague who helps to lead professional development in STEM fields for the Kenyan Ministry of Education with a pan-African charge.  

    Ateng', I think we need now to find ways to formalize this model and imagination to find a next step - so asking you to think with us or us to think with you.  One thing that recurs is a move to more live problem solving with problems that local or national governments or NGOs are seeking to solve.  Needs more thinking.  We have a couple of examples, but need to find points of entry for the student teams.

     
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  • May 11, 2021 | 09:05 a.m.

    Yes, thank you for sharing such interesting project. I appreciate how you fostered students' learning about content as well as their learning about others. Opportunities such as these have been shown to foster students' understanding of others, appreciation for diversity of thought and experience, and their own abilities to foster welcoming and affirming environments. 

    I'd love to know more about how you prepared students for this work. How was the project introduced to them? What experiences set them up for these engagements?  Was there pre-work for students to do to set them up for productive experiences with others?

    Thank you so much for sharing your project.

     
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    Toby Baker

    Co-Presenter
    Teacher and Post Doctoral Researcher
    May 11, 2021 | 12:13 p.m.

    Hi! I'm Toby a copresenter and researcher for IC4. When students join a meetup, we stress the importance of student to student interaction. First, the students get to know each other through a brief warm-up activity or activity discussion. Later, they often agree on a topic that they are passionate about such as the environment. Our California students lived near a marina and experienced life near ocean pollution. When the Finnish students learned of this need, they were eager to collaborate with the U.S. site! The best part part was when the U.S. students began learning to speak Finnish to chat with their new friends!

     
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    Shad Wachter

    Co-Presenter
    Technology Literacy Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 03:46 p.m.

    Hello.  I'm Shad, a co-presenter and one of the facilitators for the South Fayette site just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Students who participate in IC4 at South Fayette are typically invited by Mr. Mannarino (our site's co-facilitator) or referred to us by teachers based upon their interest in STEAM, programming, or multimedia production. As students are on-boarded, they receive training in the use of Sway (a Microsoft presentation tool), Slack, and video production. Their first project is to introduce themselves to the community by recording a video and putting it into a Sway.  Then they share this video to Slack and respond to one another.  We also scaffold the projects.  Students start at level 1 completing a project independently or with someone from their own site. They post the project to Slack for asynchronous feedback, then share the project live on a global meetup for synchronous critique.  A level 2 project is one that is created with participants from other sites.  The collaboration occurs both asynchronously on Slack and synchronously on Zoom meetings.  Level 1 and level 2 projects typically involve more facilitation from the site leaders to set up meetings, encourage collaboration, and provide resources.  However at the 3rd level, students take on the responsibilities of making the initial connection, staying in contact throughout the project, setting goals, and presenting the final project in a global meetup. 

    As far as preparing students for engaging with others in a global meetup, we have been forced to hold our meetups virtually this year due to the pandemic, so many students are familiar with video conferencing etiquette. In the past, we would review this with our students prior to the meetups.  Additionally, during the calls, our facilitators are incredible at leading online discussions and encouraging participation and dialogue from the participants.  

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 15, 2021 | 10:50 a.m.

    Shad, very thorough explanation of some of the mechanics of how the meetups and collaborations unfold.

     
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    Danielle Espino

    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
    May 15, 2021 | 08:28 p.m.

    To chime in further on the excellent responses from Toby and Shad, we also try to have a pre-meeting with any new students to help them feel comfortable with people they are meeting for the first time in a virtual space. Pre-pandemic, becoming familiar with and troubleshooting through the video conference technology was important to the onboarding process.  Of course now, many U.S. students are more familiar with connecting via Zoom (which we have been using since early 2018), though the pre-session is still helpful to encourage them to get into the mindset of breaking from the typical classroom experience, and see IC4 as a community learning space where student voice is encouraged and valued. 

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 11, 2021 | 10:10 a.m.

    Eric,

    It’s a great opportunity to continue learning about the amazing work that the IC4 team are doing. The turn of events due to COVID-19 pandemic confirms your visionary approach to digital enabled personalized and authentic learning. 
    The IC4 movement is also inclusive, providing the environment for learners to imagine snd create on the one hand, and for researchers to be deeply immersed in the pursuit of understanding human cognition through Epistemic Network Analysis. The inclusion of the CC is amazing, and further contextualizes the messaging.

    Am honoured to witnesses the growth in the IC4, and look forward to reading comments for improvement and learning from those offering nodes for more strategic partnerships and collaborations.

     

    Kudos IC4 Team

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 11, 2021 | 10:40 a.m.

    Dear Ateng',

    Your ability to help form and develop the IC4 vision over the years has made a profound difference for all of us.  Thank you for your work with teachers in Kenya, east Africa, and beyond.  Especially including a 30 year old country in southwest Africa where you sent me not long ago.  :)

    We are very happy about the CC this year.  Is it accurate to your viewing?  Hope we can connect in person this year and definitely develop strategic improvements.  Thank you.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 12, 2021 | 11:14 a.m.

    Eric,

    You always have the words to amplify my little role in the movement. I have accepted to live with the consequences!

    History is important but the future is an obligation. For IC4 and similar initiatives, I imagine the future to be empowering generations who empower others to unleash their potentials to diagnose and solve problems in the society as well as build resilient systems. A team of confident, values-driven and ever learning.

    Am looking forward to reconnecting this year by God’s Grace

     

     
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    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
    May 15, 2021 | 08:34 p.m.

    I just want to chime in, thank you for your ongoing support to Dr. Hamilton's projects, but especially this IC4 project community.  You are ever so true to your support with action give your son's involvement in IC4, and we have been thrilled to have his presence at global meet-ups.  We appreciate you spreading the word about this work, and being so encouraging to our team!  

     
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    George Hein

    Facilitator
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    May 11, 2021 | 10:36 a.m.

    Hi Eric and the whole team.

    You have an impressive project with a large scope. I, too, would like to hear how individual projects emerge and are carried out.  The musical instruments one would be of interest.  I remember that long ago, the Elementary Science Study (ESS) included a musical instruments unit.

     

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    Professor and Principal Investigator
    May 11, 2021 | 09:08 p.m.

    Hello George, and thank you for the question.  This is an informal science education program that represents diverse interests of students from various countries.  The projects originate from the students and their teacher facilitators.  Interest-driven Creator / IDCTheory has been developing over the past few years as a means to explain and give shape to cultivating student interest in devising challenges or projects they pursue (not a fair summary of the theory, but perhaps ok for now.)  In the spirit of IDC, we have had students express interest in creating musical instruments based on their research in how instruments are formed and then using waste materials from construction sites.  Thank you for your kind words :)

     
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    Julia Savoca Gibson

    Undergraduate Student
    May 11, 2021 | 11:35 a.m.

    Hi all!  Like Danielle mentioned, I'm a undergraduate student on our research team who helped put together our video for this year.  As a part of the project, I've had a wonderful experience giving feedback to students on their projects, helping run our weekly meet-ups, and assisting in the research process.  I joined the team just over a year ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic settled across the world.  I was amazed at the incredible digital global collaboration that has been happening for the past five years, as the rest of world was adjusting to meeting and working together virtually (often for the first time).  Since then, our learners' creativity has continued to impress and inspire me.  I hope you enjoy our video, and thank you so much for checking out our project!

     
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    Danielle Espino

    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
    May 12, 2021 | 02:36 a.m.

    Julie, we are so fortunate to have your video skills, intelligence, and creative mind in our project.  You are a big help to us for the meet-ups, and your energy is so positive to have on the team.  Many thanks for your contributions to the IC4 community!

     
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    Ateamate Mukabana

    Undergraduate Student
    May 11, 2021 | 12:14 p.m.

    Hi all,

    I am so excited for this year's discussions. Just a quick background of me, I am part of the IC4 team as the global online meet-ups facilitator. I joined IC4 back in 2016 as on of the student pioneers of the project. I quickly developed interest in what the project was exposing us to and as time went by, I became passionate about seeing people sharing there projects and leading the discussions afterwards. That's when I embraced the facilitation role. It 5 years now and I'm so proud to be a part of the team. 

    I am looking forward to great discussions!

     
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    Kelsey Gray

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    May 11, 2021 | 09:01 p.m.

    Hi Ateamate,

    Thank you so much for offering all of your excellent facilitation skills in service of IC4! In particular, I really appreciate the time you have spent with my students. We have all learned so much from you about leading group conversations and ensuring everyone's participation so their voices and ideas can be heard.

    With much gratitude,

    Kelsey

     

     
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    Danielle Espino

    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
    May 12, 2021 | 02:39 a.m.

    Agreed, Ateamate has become a cornerstone for IC4, sharing her time, facilitation skills and STEM expertise to the project (especially when it comes to math!).  I can't believe you are already at the end of your undergraduate experience.  Thank you for your many years of dedication and support to building this community.  We are so proud of you.

     
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    Co-Presenter
    IC4 Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator
    May 12, 2021 | 02:45 a.m.

    Oh, and many thanks to Ateamate (and Denis, another long-time IC4 facilitator in Kenya) for their assistance with reviewing our Swahili subtitles  :)

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 08:49 p.m.

    Kelsey, I think one thing that is novel in engaging Chapman is the shift in emphasis to larger challenges at the undergraduate level than the ones that we see with the secondary students.  I am trying to spin this into a more prominent feature in the next phase.  Perhaps for offline discussion, but I think this is the next generation of these kinds of collaborations.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 12:43 p.m.

    Eric, yes absolutely! There are many exciting possibilities for the future of these collaborations. I look forward to discussing this in greater detail.

     
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    Lili Toxqui

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    May 11, 2021 | 03:09 p.m.

    To be part of the IC4 project has been an incredible opportunity. I’ve enjoyed every meeting we’ve had and it has been pretty useful for me.
    Since we must work in teams with people from other schools my english and my communication skills have improved, along with my researching abilities. That’s how I know that IC4 has been an amazing journey for me. Many of the things that I learnt are helping me and will continue to help me in the future as a part of my resume.
    I thank everyone that has been on this project with us for the opportunity to participate in something that became so meaningful for me.

     
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    May 11, 2021 | 09:12 p.m.

    Lili, we are very honored to have you in the IC4.  I appreciate your observations about learning English, and it is music to read words like "IC4 has been an amazing journey for me."  Thank you :)

     
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    May 11, 2021 | 11:49 p.m.

    Lili, you are a great asset to out IC4 project. Thank you for your committment and your global  participation. I look forward to collaborating with you and keep learning from you. Thank you! 

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 02:49 a.m.

    Thank you so much for posting, Lili.  What a wonderfully rich reflection.  It's amazing for others to hear directly from our students about their experiences in the IC4 project community firsthand.  We are so grateful for your participation in meet-ups, and excited to see your projects (especially the medical-themed python project you are working on :)  We'll see you soon!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:45 p.m.

    Hiii Lili :) it has been a pleasure to contribute a project with you, even though not in same state or school, it was nice communicating through slack. 

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:51 p.m.

    Hi Evelyne, been in a team with you and also present is a pleasured, even of the distance we made o really good job it was a very good job 

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 10:54 a.m.

    Florencia, excited to see you now shifting into and adding to the coding strand.  Thank you.
    Florencia, emocionada de verte ahora cambiando y agregando a la cadena de codificación. Gracias.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 08:39 p.m.

    I appreciated seeing the exchanges between our participants above with Lili, Evelyne and Florencia.  You are incredible young women that demonstrate the bright future we have through collaboration and exchange in STEM.  

     
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    May 11, 2021 | 11:43 p.m.

    This virtual world project provides academic opportunities to our Spring Valley HS students to connect with other students around the globe to work on STEM project ideas, and to learn from each other about culture and diversity. IC4 helps students to enhance communication skills, improve participatory teaching abilities, enhancing knowledge acquisition, gaining social skills, and to improve interpersonal skills. Currently, our Spring Valley High School students are collaborating with students from Mexico (Colegio Bicentenario in Morelia, Michoacán), Kenya, Brazil, and U.S.A. particularly in South Fayette, Pennsylvania, and in Chicago. Each Thursday, students synchronously Google Meet or Zoom to brainstorm STEM ideas and to work together to create projects. After our weekly meetup, our students will have about a week to collaborate and to complete their STEM projects with their teammates. Students work in groups sharing projects and providing feedback asynchronously using SLACK (communication platform) as a tool to communicate with one another. The following Thursday, students meet once again a couple of days before the IC4 global meeting to briefly present their team STEM projects and to get and provide constructive feedback to improve their presentations. Every other Saturday, students meet in a global meetup to present their final STEM presentations. Students from the U.S.A., Mexico, Kenya, and Brazil participate in these Global meetups. The Saturday virtual meetings with students are a unique educational experience. It is priceless! At the end of these  meetings, students write their own learning reflections, and in some cases providing ideas on how to improve the IC4 global participation. Also, we have students taking a Python programming class each Friday. In the programming online class, our students learn about the basics of programming using Python enhancing computational thinking skills. They collaborate with students from South Fayette, Chicago, Mexico, and soon to join this great collaboration effort students from RAK Academy located in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. 

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 02:55 a.m.

    Mr. Ramirez, your drive and enthusiasm for IC4 is inspiring. You are our cheerleader, motivational coach, and ambassador for getting the word out to anyone you encounter about the incredible work our students get to do in collaborating together across boundaries at such a young age. I see how your students build off your enthusiasm and encouragement.  The support we have from you and Jackie to growing and making IC4 the best it can be for all students is incredible, and your personal dedication is beyond words.  We are honored and blessed to have you on our teacher/site leader team, and co-presenting with us this year.  

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 12:54 p.m.

    Thank you, Dr. Espino! It takes a great team to accomplish great things. It is a team effort! I'm so proud of all our students. Each week, they are so dedicated to teach one another and to learn from each other. They help us put the dots together so we can understand better how they work in this virtual learning environment. Also, thanks to Jackie for bringing new ideas to our weelky meetings.

     
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    May 11, 2021 | 11:54 p.m.

    The Saturday meetups are priceless-agreed, Mr. Ramirez! It is so great to young students from different parts of the world sharing their STEM projects and ideas with each other. The best part is that the students form relationships with their IC4 friends that often go beyond just sharing one Python project or video about climate change. The bond with fellow collaborators what makes IC4 so special and makes students return each week.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 08:41 p.m.

    Agreed, Dr. Baker.  Well put :)  We treasure seeing these exchanges and can't take for granted when we have students from 2, 3 or 4 countries together in one call, with shared interest in learning and exchange. Their dedication to come week after week is inspiring, and we're grateful to witness it.  And our hope, continue to write insights to share this with others.

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 04:21 a.m.

     

    I have felt exceptionally lucky to witness the shared interests in coding, collaborations on creating websites and games among other students’ projects and how that stimulated meaningful research and peer-peer learning among IC4 students. As an educator, one of my happiest moments is when I witnessed students from Kenya, Brazil, Mexico and the US define objectives about their collaborative projects, plan their work and agree on their roles and responsibilities during synchronous IC4 meetups. In their small work groups, some safeguarded timelines and intervened when the process ran into communication challenges, while others created the digital content with ideas from team members and others co-designed and curated the final presentations.  These have been important steps in building trust between students from these diverse cultures who are miles apart and working in collaborative online environment.

     
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    SARA RASHID

    May 13, 2021 | 03:24 p.m.

    Hi Zach, thanks for introducing IC4 to students. It's great as they work in group.

    This is very encouraging and captivating. Keep up the good work.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 07:15 p.m.

    I echo on Sarah's comment. Thank you Zack for providing an opportunity to our students from Mexico to participate and present their math project in the Virtual Math Camps in Kenya. I know you and I agree that we have a such a great Kenya-Mexico-USA team collaborating in IC4.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 11:03 a.m.

    Sara, thank you so much for watching the video and for your encouraging comment. The students are the most important part of IC4, they always inspire curiosity and interests of STEM topics among themselves and spark the desire for learning and knowing in even in the adult introducers.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 08:48 p.m.

    Zach, thank you for your thoughtful post above re: seeing students interact in this setting. I'm also amazed that since this an activity outside the classroom, the students come together voluntarily and I am so grateful for their continued motivation and interest to stay involved.  We normally take some weeks off during the year from meet-ups, but with the pandemic last year, we ended up continually meeting as we became a landing place for students who didn't have access to virtual learning experiences.  I'm glad IC4 could be that space for students.

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 09:05 a.m.

    Thank you all for your wonderful responses. I am so impressed by the enthusiasm of so many members of your team on this platform, which just shows what a dynamic project you have. This is one of those experiences (for all involved) that reveals the hidden possibilities in being suddenly forced into a virtual world.  In particular, I loved this comment from Zach: "As an educator, one of my happiest moments is when I witnessed students from Kenya, Brazil, Mexico and the US define objectives about their collaborative projects ..." In a world that often seems to be falling apart, to witness young people across cultures, nations, and languages collaborating in this way is truly beautiful.

    And thank you for your clarifying responses about the nature of the projects, how they students developed them, and how language barriers were negotiated. So helpful.

     

     

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 12:24 p.m.

    Amy wrote:

    "In a world that often seems to be falling apart, to witness young people across cultures, nations, and languages collaborating in this way is truly beautiful."

     

    Sigh.  Thank you.  Nourishing encouragement, and is just what we are fortunate to be able to do. Thank you again.

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 10:12 a.m.

    I see this being a great part of our future and can see it expanding to other subject areas as well. We just need the leadership to support our ideas and help us to develop a plan to maybe start with one department at a time. I have long talked about this kind of collaboration in mathematics and I am so glad to see others have moved forward with this. I look forward to trying to implement something in my own classroom next school year!

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

    Thank you for your feedback, Ms. Limbeck! I agree with you. It would be great to see other departments join in this great collaboration. I look forward to collaborating with you in your classroom to implement global collaboration among your math students. 

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 12:29 p.m.

    If there are ways that we can help you plan, Mario, or ways that you think we can improve or think differently, please let us know.  May I ask where you teach now?  Thank you!

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 08:55 p.m.

    I'll echo on that comment, Marlo.  Feel free to contact us as well-- if you send a note to info@ic4.site, it'll direct to both Eric and myself.  I will say from my experiences in setting up sites, having interested and invested administration (e.g. principal, headmaster), teachers and students are all needed to get off the ground and on the path to a good sustained collabrative effort. Starting small and then scaling is a great approach. It can take time and effort, but it's worth it! :)

     
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    Great video! I would love more information on how you coded students' discourse. Did you start out with an existing coding scheme? Or did you make your own from scratch? What challenges did you encounter in the coding? And is a description of your method and coding anywhere? Our project also looks at students having discussions in online environments about math scenarios, and we are going to be starting to dig into coding our video data!

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 11:52 a.m.

    Thank you for your question and for your interest in our project! We have mostly used codes that we have obtained from the data through grounded analysis. We have refined the codebook a few times over the course of the project to better represent the data, which has required reviewing our initial coding and recoding the data. We have also applied existing coding schemes for specific analyses (for example the UNESCO Future Competences Framework).

    One of the key challenges in our coding is the amount of time required. For each dataset, we have at least two members of the research team individually code the data then come together for a process of social moderation — a description of our coding can be found in papers we have published and presented, which can be found on the IC4 website under the Publications tab (https://ic4.site/research). We are also engaged in research to find ways to automate the coding. You will see some papers around this topic as well. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like more information.

     
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  • May 12, 2021 | 11:44 a.m.

    Love the international collaborative work especially in the pandemic. Excellent work. So uplifting.

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 12:46 p.m.

    Prof Jahan, we should try some parallel algae experiments with students in different climates in this network :)  I imagine it could be quite compelling if we could actually pull it off.  Let us know if that is something that might be worth pursuing, and thank you.

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 01:11 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your video.  I agree that it is inspiring, especially during the pandemic. 

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 02:27 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your video. This is a great project. How do students get into the program and how long is the program once they start?

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 09:33 a.m.

    Hi Kristin, This is a great question! Students get into the program through a recruiting process. We invite students to participate doing global collaboration STEM projects in our IC4 community. Most of the time, when students find out that they will be working together with students from different continents, students do not hesitate to be part of IC4. Students enjoy meeting and learning about other cultures, and other languages. Usually, the recruiting process begins at the start of the school year. However, in our case here in Las Vegas, NV., we are always inviting students to join us throughout the school year. This year, our students will be collaborating till the end of July, 2021.

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 08:11 p.m.

    Kristin, thanks for your visit to our page and to add on to Israel's answer, the students can participate for as long as they wish.  Initially, we ran by the U.S. academic year (taking a break June - August), but since some of our paricipating countries go to school by calendar year (e.g. January - November), the last two years we have actually be running the program straight through, with new students joining around Sept/Oct and then Jan/Feb, which correspond with the beginning of the academic school years of our different sites, as Israel mentions.  August is usually the month we are a little more quiet, as it tends to be a "holiday" month for all students.  

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 02:37 p.m.

    Hi Eric! It's great to learn about your continuing work. Your video is thought provoking. We share your interest in making science more accessible and understandable. See our work exploring the ways teachers use data while teaching for social justice in science--including helping students interpret scientific data. Enjoy, Marcia

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 09:03 p.m.

    Marcia, you have always led in making science accessible and understandable to all.  It is great to see the project you are leading as one more effort in a lifetime of global science education leadership without peer.  Thank you for your next generation contribution.  And thank you for kind words on our effort :)

     
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    Griffin Hurt

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    May 12, 2021 | 02:55 p.m.

    IC4 is one of the most incredible projects I have ever had the opportunity to participate in. I was initially involved in the project during my 8th grade year; however, due to other obligations I had at the time, I was unable to give it my full attention. This year I returned to the project and I could not be more grateful. My career aspiration is to one day become a professor in the field of computer science, and IC4 has given me an outlet to improve my teaching skills and understand how culture plays a role in education. The Fridays I spend assisting my fellow students in creating their own projects with the Python programming language is the best part of my week. I truly believe that IC4 is training students to change the world in STEM fields, no matter their location, race, background, or language.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 02:33 a.m.

    Thanks Griffin! We appreciate your creativity, passion and commitment, especially in helping other students from all over the world expand their knowledge and develop their skills in Python programming. You are definitely well on your way to becoming the comp sci professor you aspire to be!

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 08:15 p.m.

    Agreed!  Griffin, we are so grateful for your participation in IC4 and all the skills, expertise and experience you have and are inspired by the ideas and energy you bring to the group, especially with computer programming.  Your desire to help others and collaborate is at the heart of our community, and we are excited to have you moving us forward.  Also-- we're pretty sure you're going to be inventing some pretty cool innovations that many of us here will be seeing in the future, and we'll be humbled to say we knew you when... 

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 03:21 p.m.

    Hello, my name is Dean Wolstoncroft and this is my first year of IC4. One thing I loved about IC4 was getting to know people from different countries that have similar interests. One project I worked on and presented with another South Fayette student was about explaining Covid to someone 20 years from now. Some of the feedback was about presentation. We learned through this to include more pictures.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:45 a.m.

    That was me-"include more pictures!" ! I'm a visual learner, Dean. I can't help it!! (lol). 

    IC4 is so lucky to have you share Dean! 

    Hey! Remember when we did our favorite foods and we had to guess which food list was yours?!! 

    So glad you join!

    You are going to change the world, Dean!

     

     

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 08:17 p.m.

    Dean, thanks for your comments and involvement with IC4!  Your presence at meet-ups brings a smile to our face as you are always willing to speak up, helping to build trust with other students in the group.  We hope to continue seeing you around :)

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 03:30 p.m.

    This was my first year of IC4 and I just have to say it has been an amazing experience. It felt so good to feel involved in these projects that could change STEM entirely. These global meetups have inspired me to create projects that could influence others. The projects have taught me to be more creative and smarter. I am so excited to be involved in more next year.    

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:31 p.m.

    Thank you for your thoughtful reflection! I agree with you that a big part of the IC4 community is students inspiring other students to be creative and to pursue their own STEM projects. We are all helping one another become better thinkers and creators!

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 03:24 p.m.

    Cailee, thank you for these notes.  If you are able sometime, we would love to hear about ways that you might see the experience improving.  Please give that some thought.  I like the way you already have a vision for learning STEM to help improve the lives and learning of others in the future :)

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 08:18 p.m.

    Agreed, Cailee thank you for sharing about your experience and seeing the impact of working together across physical boundaries.  Excited to have you continue with us :)

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 12, 2021 | 04:38 p.m.

    Am quite impressed by the organization of the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase. I have noted the excellent layout, the filters and the Captions Options (CC) feature in the videos. This is quite useful in guiding choice of presentations to follow.
    The theme on COVID, Equity and Social Justice is timely. COVID-19 pandemic disrupted learning, with long school closures (http://bit.ly/Covid19SchoolClosures) and unpredictability of learning continuity due to variants of the virus. Data on the other hand shows that children of school-going age are less vulnerable to COVID (http://bit.ly/Covid19GraphAgeSex), yet duration of school closures were not correlated to the reported cases of COVID infections in many countries.

    The IC4 project speaks to the theme of this year's showcase, it provided hope for children who would have been idle and disengaged during the extended school closures, at least in Kenya, and kept them focused on learning through peer collaboration and accountability. That they are able to work on projects that transcend curriculum standards/ requirements, like coding, shows that with the right environment, students can set high expectations, engage in personally meaningful learning experiences and prototype solutions to societal problems. The experiences shared through the IC4 project also demonstrate that children from disadvantaged communities may realize their potentials at minimal investments. 

    Thanks Eric and the IC4 team for having imagined post-COVID learning ecosystem years before the pandemic!!

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 08:25 p.m.

    Thank you for reflecting so thoughtfully on the showcase as a whole!  I know the organizing team behind the scenes (especially the wonderful folks at TERC, like Joni, Kathryn, Kim) works very hard to optimize the experience for all audiences, from the researchers, educators, participants, to our friends and family.  I was inspired by a request from our partners in Brazil to include Portuguese subtitles, and from there set to see what other subtitles we could include; thankful for our partners and team members who helped me review the different languages we currently have. 

    To the theme, it's interesting because our project was probably best suited to sustain through any challenges brought on by the pandemic since our community is virtual in nature-- and as you mentioned, we did see that IC4 could be a place for students could come together for something "normal" amidst all the changes their schools were needing to adapt to. 

    As always, we are so grateful to have your support to our project efforts over the years!

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 07:14 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing this video!  It's amazing to see all the connections, learning, and sharing amongst students in the global IC4 community.  It's especially encouraging to read that alumni continue to be involved with the program.  Wonderful work IC4!!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:41 a.m.

    Hi Miyun, You bring up a great point that alumni continue to be involved with IC4. As a people person, I really appreciate how IC4 has fostered many connections. I have been a researcher with IC4 for almost three years and I have seen the students begin when they are 12 and 13 years old and now they are in high school and college. The learners will tell you that they love being a part of IC4 because they make lifelong friends that are not in their school classes. They learn new languages too. But the students really feel as if they have contributed and made a lasting impact. That is why they join-to actually change the world-And they do!!  (And they have a lot of fun too!)

     
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    Alice J.

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    May 12, 2021 | 07:33 p.m.

    Hi Everyone!

    My name Alice Jokodola and I have been a part of the IC4 research team for the past 2 years and it has been an amazing experience. It was mentioned in the video that IC4 bridges students from different continents, I find this to be the beauty and strength of IC4. Being able to see students who don't speak the same language, but yet build a friendship and bond through their STEM collaborations has been amazing to witness. This past year was a little tougher due to COVID, but our IC4 students got through it. I think COVID actually helped to uncover the true purpose of IC4 and its strength as a virtual project. 

    Even with the pandemic, we were able to expand into new countries and have even more students join the IC4 team. I am excited for the new academic year and I can't wait to see the projects our students come up with. 

    Alice J. 

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:32 p.m.

    Great to see your reflections in the lone star state, Alice.  I agree that Covid definitely made IC4 more chalenging since students could not work in schools.  I m very hopeful that in the coming year we can have more strenuous involvement from the most populous country in Africa.  :)

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 08:52 p.m.

    Absolutely wonderful video - thank you for sharing more about the IC4 project and its impact.

     
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    May 12, 2021 | 08:55 p.m.

    Hello everyone, I am Maria Cecília, I am a student from Brazil and I have been participating in IC4 since 2018. It is very important for me to be involved in this great project, IC4 has helped me a lot with issues related to self confidence, during this pandemic IC4 meetings made me feel a lot better, because exchanging experiences with people from other countries is fantastic. Thank you so much for this fabulous opportunity that will make a big difference in my life.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:29 a.m.

    Hi Maria Cecelia your video was awesome! Thanks for doing that for IC4!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:35 p.m.

    These sentiments are compelling and important for us to understand, Maria Cecilia.  IC4 is so fortunate to have involvement from partners in Brazil and you in particular.  I never really thought about the emotional benefit of IC4 to students during the pandemic, and your comment is adding to my ways of this about this project.  Thank you.

     
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    C. Needler

    Undergraduate Student
    May 12, 2021 | 09:17 p.m.

    it’s projects like this that make me hopeful our generation can help save the planet — quite literally! Awesome job! 

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 03:26 p.m.

    Thank you.  Well, we need to save the planet, and yes, we share your hope and confidence in next generation STEM collaborators.  :)

     
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    Kellie WS

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    May 12, 2021 | 09:36 p.m.

    The way that the students were able to share solutions for local concerns is amazing. There is so much intercultural learning happening here. What an important project!

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 12:37 a.m.

    Kellie, well said.  The multicultural learning is substantial.  We are hopeful that next generation versions of this project get more traction with local projects, and we are working in that direction.  Your kind words are appreciated.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:42 a.m.

    Ic4 is a great platform that has enabled most of our students to develop their skills mostly in ICT.  The sharing of ideas has also enabled them to come up with other greater ideas. 

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:39 p.m.

    Hi Nicanory, nice to see you here!

    As a teacher in ordinary circumstances, you are always faced with an incredibly difficult challenge of meeting the needs of learners with a range of abilities and learning levels. I am sure this a global phenomenon! It has been exciting to see you use IC4 club to address this problem by providing an opportunity for personalized learning experiences. Your students are always working on interesting topics that cut across multiple subject areas and projects that caters for their needs. Just recently, I really liked their idea of using an 80 watts bulb, an Arduino as a control motherboard and a temperature sensor to construct a simple incubator to hatch eggs. I am looking forward to your students completing this project.

    Thanks for supporting students from Kongoni community Nic!

     
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    Ivan

    May 13, 2021 | 08:49 a.m.

    This is inspiring, thank you fo sharing .

     

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:53 a.m.

    I agree, Kellie. The way students reflect and discover ways to address actual concerns is incredible. We had some IC4 students from the USA who were concerned about the pollution by the beach because they lived near a port. They organized beach cleanups and made u-tube videos highlighting the needs of their community. Benefits-the students feel like they've made a global impact and they get to hang out with their IC4 friends!

     
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    Sarah wanjiku

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    May 13, 2021 | 08:54 a.m.

    @Zach Mbasu and the team.Great job!This is so inspiring and definitely impacting the society!

     
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    Thomas Mawora

    May 13, 2021 | 09:02 a.m.

    Thank you Zach for Sharing this video. I was quite impressed that young students were able to learn and utilize the internet and learned to share knowledge through it. For instance, I saw the students in Kenya learn how to mix chemicals and produce liquid soap, and also do architectural designs.

    The only limitation I feel is that this was limited to below "O" level. With the event of COVID-19, it was clear that these are skills needed even in the universities. 

    Therefore, I give you all a thumbs up in this very relevant project.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 04:04 p.m.

    Thomas thank you for your awesome comments.

    You are right IC4 students choose a topic that interests them, they then decide on their own what they want the audience to learn from the topic. They then research more about the topic using the internet and accessing resources from portals in the process growing their internet skills like: how to identify relevant content, key words that might identify the content, how they might use the internet to find content about their topics and how they reference a website from which the information originates. After they have completed working on their topic, they have an opportunity to share what they have created with others during a meetup where they receive feedback.

     
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    Samuel Ogalo

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    May 13, 2021 | 09:06 a.m.

    There has been significant progress, especially after the national and local school closures in the fight against covid-19. The students not only had a great time involving their peers in the projects they were interested in, but they also had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to upgrade their skills to suit the demands of the twenty-first century.
    Since its inception in 2017, the IC4 has shown that students can collaborate and create digitally to achieve the targets set for their own projects, regardless of distance or pandemic.
    Going forward, I'll be proud to be a part of the facilitators and seeking solutions for the majority of my students that have been impacted by school closures by creating digital and non-digital media platforms that are readily available and can fit both independent and directed learning for educators, parents, and students to cover both digitally connected and digitally separated students.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 04:25 p.m.

    Ogalo thank you for watching our video and I love your comment about collaboration and creating digitally.

     

    IC4 students have been collaborating meaningfully with others and it often occurred best within a cycle them generating and improving on their projects. It all begins when they start planning about what the problem they want to solve and how they are going to solve it, then they discuss the problems synchronously through virtual meetups or asynchronously through slack channels, emails, review and make comments/give feedback on google docs. They do ask their peers to check their work and slides if elements they agreed on are missing or if they would like to change specific aspects of their topic. When it comes to sharing, they take turns to explain their project and answer any questions raised by their peers might have.

     

    Kindly please get in touch on zmbasu@gmail.com

     
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    Nancy Munga

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    May 13, 2021 | 09:45 a.m.

    To be honest,the presenters have such charisma that is clearly inspiring to our generation.i personally have learnt some interesting and thought-provoking things from the few presentations I was fortunate to watch.Its my wish that this will reach as many young people as possible, globally.

    Keep up!

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 12:42 a.m.

    Nancy, this of course is encouraging and nurturing to hear.  Thank you for sharing these sentiments.  If you get a chance and see this, please let us know where you study and if you think that there is room for this kind of project with more undergraduate emphasis.

     
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    Mary kiaro

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    May 13, 2021 | 12:02 p.m.

    Great job @ Zach mbasu .This is awesome! 

     
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    Sabastian Kimeu

    Undergraduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 12:43 p.m.

    The work done is superb. The dream on nanotechnology is achievable through inspiring the young and empowering their potentials through such programs as IC4

     
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    Sabastian Kimeu

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    May 13, 2021 | 12:44 p.m.

    It is wonderful to see such little ones with the kind of knowledge. I must say the work done in the showcased video is superb. 

    With no doubt I commend this program to carried on  even to extension of other countries. The pursuit of nanotechnology through incorporation of learners who have diverse knowledge, will make it more achievable.

    when we empower the young. We anonymously make influence to the world. Am also proud for the pioneers seeing capabilities in Kenyans.

    Yes the vision is achievable with IC4.

    Thanks to all who are working to make this dream achievable

     

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 04:57 p.m.

    Thank you Sabastian for taking the time to watch our IC4 video! It is exciting when as an adult I learn from the brilliant young minds with deep knowledge about topics in STEM.

    At the beginning of the project, I was always surprised that students can teach teachers too but now, I like the excitement of not knowing what I will face when I turn up to an IC4 virtual meetup every Saturday. A few weeks ago, I learned about different applications of nanotechnology in medicine from an IC4 student during her presentation. It was eye opening! Learning from students now is a way for me to deepen my practice as an educator, renew myself and negotiate the complexity of teaching and learning.

    Thank you for the encouragement.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 12:44 p.m.

    Keep up the great work Zachariah and the rest of the team

     
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    Jose Salcedo

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    May 13, 2021 | 12:46 p.m.

    Love this video and it really inspires me that there is so much hope for the planet. This is incredible! Such a profound yet important message. 

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 06:48 p.m.

    Thank you, Jose! We appreciate your kind words and are also hopeful for positive future impact!

     
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    Diana León

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    May 13, 2021 | 12:53 p.m.

    So proud of my lil sis ❤️👏

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:31 p.m.

    I agree with you Diana!

     
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    Estelle Hughes

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    May 13, 2021 | 01:01 p.m.

    Great change-making IC4 team! The passion for education and STEM transpires.The intercultural dimension of the programme is inspiring!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 06:49 p.m.

    Thank you, Estelle. We appreciate your support. Wishing much success to you and your students.

     
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    Ms Hughes, thank you for viewing the video and for sharing these sentiments.  We definitely are trying to expand the intercultural competences of our participants. Trying to learn, for example, from colleagues who work in international schools :)

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 01:53 p.m.

    Dr. Eric Hamilton and the IC4 Team: Ateng described it best when he wrote that he admired the "Stewardship" for this impactful research! 

    Vygotsky's ZPD is a cornerstone component of the study of teaching and learning. However, it is rarely (if ever) represented through the student serving as the "More Knowledgeable Other."  IC4 research spotlights the important contributions of students as MKOs for their educators. Educators reciprocate and the collaborative cycle benefits all! The IC4 research video also provided the most concise definition of ENA, which is often a gnarly concept to understand!   

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:53 p.m.

    Dr. Teague, thank you for your wonderful observation. I fully agree that students in the IC4 community serve as the "More Knowledgeable Other" to other students as well as the adults! I definitely have learned so much from our students. Just a reminder that learning is never a one-way street -- that we all have something to share and contribute to those around us (including virtually!)

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 10:34 p.m.

    Thank you, Seung Lee! 

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 02:30 p.m.

    I admire your work. Your in depth research is so inspiring. Keep up with the great work.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 06:15 p.m.

    Thank you for engaging with the video and supporting the work of IC4, Emmanuel! We appreciate your kind words and wish you the very best on your educational journey.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 05:45 p.m.

    Been in IC4 has a lot of good things, since I’m here my talking and writing skills progress a lot, it’s a very good form to communicate with people of all the world it’s awesome to be part of this big team and all the works and presentations that we do have a lot of impact in me, I really learn a lot in all the meetings and conversations that we have. I think IC4 community is a really good team.  

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 07:03 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Florencia! We're so happy to hear about how you've been able to further develop various communications skills through your participation in IC4. We learn a lot from you and your peers as well. Thank you for being a part of our community!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:43 p.m.

    Hi Florecia, thank you for your great collaboration in IC4. You are a great asset to our IC4 team. Keep up the work!

     
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    Juan Miranda

    K-12 Student
    May 13, 2021 | 05:51 p.m.

     

    thank you, IC4 program teach me a lot during this time, it is an excelent opportunity to be at here, i'm happy to be part of this, thank you for giving me the opportunity, i've enjoyed each meeting presenting and watching the presentations of my partners.

    in IC4 i learned a lot of things and in the program i learned to not be afraid when i talk to other people, i learned to do presentations, i learned to work with different people, i learned to express my self and i also improve my english, etc.

    thank you all for your feedback and for the opportunity to be at here :)

     

     
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    Tiffany Wright

    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 06:52 p.m.

    We are delighted to have you as a part of the IC4 family, Juan! It is exciting to hear about your growth throughout your time in the program. Keep up the great work! 

     
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    Israel Ramirez

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    May 13, 2021 | 08:49 p.m.

    Juan, thank you for giving us the opportunity to collaborate with you too. It is a reciplrocal feeling. We have learned so much from you as well. We are looking forward to collaborating with you. Great job, Juan!

     
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    Noemi Torres

    K-12 Student
    May 13, 2021 | 05:57 p.m.

    Hello everyone, my name is Noemi Torres. I am a student from Las Vegas,NV USA. This is my first year in IC4. I really enjoy being part of this team. I have been able to learn about others cultures and learning from all the different students in the IC4. IC4 has helped me improve my communication skills. I have been able to communicate with other students from other countries in-order to collaborate together. And have been learning from all the groups. IC4 has been an amazing journey this year. I hope that I can get to be part of this opportunity again next school year. 
    Thank you for giving me this opportunity to participate in this team. 

     
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    Tiffany Wright

    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 06:56 p.m.

    Hi Noemi! Thank you for sharing your experience with IC4! We're very grateful to have you with us. It is wonderful to hear about how being in the program has enhanced your communication skills and provided you an opportunity to engage with peers from around the globe. We value your contributions and look forward to continuing our connection with you next year!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:53 p.m.

    Noemi, you are truly an amazing student. Your work ethic is impressive. Glad to know that this opportunity to do global collaboration in IC4  has given you chance to learn about other cultures and to enhance communication skills. We look forward to collaborating with you and to keep learning from your STEM presentastions. Keep up the good work!

     
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    Evelyne Delgado

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    May 13, 2021 | 06:00 p.m.

    Hello everyone :) This is my first year in IC4 thank you to Noemi who brought me into this amazing collaboration of people from all over the world. It is very fun..... but serious working here with everyone. I have collaborated with Noemi and Johnny from here in Las Vegas and Lili from Morelia where also Florencia is from and  worked with me and Meshack who is from Kenya. I learned so much about them and gained so much knowledge about Python, Coding, Gluten, and Pet owners etc.  Everybody is super supportive and I am glad have gotten to know new people from Pepperdine, Mexico, Kenya, and Brazil. I hope can continue this amazing IC4 program, get more people to join, and soon when things get better with the pandemic, can meet everyone in person :) 

    This video is amazing !! 

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 06:59 p.m.

    Hi Evelyne! Thank you for sharing your IC4 experience. Isn't it wonderful to make friends from all over the world? It sounds like you've been able to learn so many great programs through various projects. I'm in graduate school and still have so much to learn about Python! You are steps ahead of me!! :) We hope to see you in person as well once it is safe to do so.

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 09:02 p.m.

    I agree with you Evelyne, thank you Noemi for inviting Evlyne to IC4. It's admirable to see how committed you are to IC4. You are the kind of student that will step forward to collaborate with your teammates without hesitating to do so. This is a great teamwork quality that you naturally possess. Great work!

     
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    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2021 | 06:45 p.m.

    Hi everyone! My name is Tiffany. I am a doctoral student and an IC4 team member. I joined the team last year (2020). My primary role is to support research and dissemination efforts for the project. It has been an honor to share about this unique and innovative research endeavor that Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Espino have worked so hard to develop over the years. Though much of my connection with students comes through qualitative coding and data analysis, it is fascinating to review meetup video recordings & transcripts and take in the wealth of knowledge that our students bring. Contributing to the research team allows me the privilege to share their stories and learning journeys to advance STEM education. I am honored to serve the project and our students in such a rewarding way!

     
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    May 13, 2021 | 07:07 p.m.

    Hi Nancy, thank you so much for your input. Your input mens a lot to us. It motivates us to keep going on! And I agree with you! I wish to reach as many young people as possible to keep learning from our future generations.

     
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    Luiz Oliveira

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    May 13, 2021 | 07:11 p.m.

    Hi all! I'm Luiz Oliveira from Brazil (graudated from Seaver Pepperdine in 2020). It has been an absolute pleasure being a part of IC4 for the past 3 years. 

    What really defines our online community are our young, bright, motivated student members from all over the world. Their consistent participation and enthusiasm are what drives the IC4 community and without them, IC4 would not be the amazing community that it is today. 

    Every week, we have the opportunity to witness amazing young minds come together to present and discuss STEM topics with one another. Throughout the hundreds of meet-ups that we've had over the years, I am able to learn from these students as I witness them talking and engaging with one another. It is inspiring to see such a young generation dedicated to continuous improvement and the search for knowledge and passion in STEM topics. Given the nature of our project, I am sure that our young members will one day step up to serve as innovative and courageous leaders that our world needs.

    I am truly grateful for every student member, site leader, facilitator, researcher, and contributor to our project and I believe everyone's unique contribution leaves a lasting impact in IC4!

    Please let us know of any questions you might have. It would be our pleasure to get back to you :)

     

     

     

     
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    Toby Baker

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    May 13, 2021 | 09:42 p.m.

    Florencia, Juan, and Noemi have shared marvelous projects on Saturdays! Their development as speakers and presenters is amazing! I can see their growth since they began last year!

    Florencia, you are truly eager to learn! Your growth mindset is evident! keep it up!

    Juan, you have so much knowledge to share with others-Don't be afraid to talk to others-we want to hear you and your amazing ideas!!

    Noemi, you have become a terrific presenter during this past year! You are brilliant with science and math! And you used to be shy-but now you speak out! Awesome!

    I look forward to seeing more of all of your future projects! We are so fortunate to have each of you in IC4!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Allan Miller

    K-12 Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 11:04 p.m.

    Eric - you mention that this project might be expanding into the Middle East, perhaps you might consider Uzbekistan?  I'm really intrigued by your approach and how it might support this countries drive to significantly raise the level of both STEM and English instruction, seems like you have had some great successes all over the globe that would apply to this new context.  If perhaps this sounds interesting I would love to see how I could support IC4 make the contacts to try to initiate a pilot or two.   You can reach me at stem4learning@gmail.com or check out my quick summary video trying to recruit some Uzbek STEM collaborators.  

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 02:38 a.m.

    Allan, loved your video, and yes, we would be interested in discussing ways to connect and try a pilot.  I am at eric.hamilton@pepperdine.edu.  On travel just now, but I also have your email and perhaps we can talk next week.  Thank you!

     
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    Cyrus Mema

    May 14, 2021 | 05:10 a.m.

    Hello everyone, Its a great video and our IC4 students have taken learning to the next level, being part of the IC4 project for the last four years it has been amazing. Our students have been courageous into sharing knowledge and brilliant ideas in STEAM subjects. Students have improved in their communication skills as well as growth in confidence. The IC4 platform has also enabled students to develop projects in their communities in order to help solve problems. Its fun being part of this community and its always a pleasure even learning from our students. VIVA IC4.

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 10:46 a.m.

    Cyrus, I agree with you! It is great to witness how our students enhance self-confidence when collaborating with their peers in IC4. It makes me so happy to hear from our students that this project is a great opportunity for them to keep improving communication skills, and to keep sharing their knowledge. IC4 is great because we have great students that want to change the world for a better place! Thank you for your collaboration.

     
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    Toby Baker

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    May 14, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    It is really impressive how all of the Saturday learners have emerged a excellent speakers and presenters! 

     

     
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    Ian Bolaños

    K-12 Student
    May 14, 2021 | 08:51 a.m.

    As a member of IC4 project I can say that this is an incredible project that is helping me very much to improve my English and it also help me to socialize with more people around the world. In IC4 I gave my first international conference with only 14 years old and this makes me so happy for the opportunity that i have on here. This project is changing my capacity of learning and is giving me many types of improves in my life.

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 10:34 a.m.

    Ian, que bien dicho! Estoy muy de acuerdo contigo con tu mensaje. Nosotros tambien estamos muy orgullosos de ti. A tus 14 anos, ya diste tu primera conferencia internacional. Felicidades! A travez de los meses de tu colaboracion con IC4 has mejorado tu nivel de Ingles, y aparte, has demostrado que eres un buen lider. Te felicitamos y esperamos seguir aprendiendo de ti. En hora buena!

     
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    Luisa Guzmán

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    May 14, 2021 | 08:51 a.m.

    Hi all,

    I really enjoy working on this project. It helps me in different ways, for example, Now I’m better when I work on a team and it’s more easier. It also helps me on the speaking, because I’m going to have a very important exam that is in English and I’m more prepared for it. I also enjoy talking with people of other countries. Thanks for all

     
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    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2021 | 03:14 p.m.

    Hi Luisa,

    I hope your exam goes very well. I am happy to hear that working in teams has become much easier since you joined the team. Keep up the good work. See you at the next meetup!

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 10:38 a.m.

    Luisa, nos alegra mucho que te estes preparando para tu examen de Ingles. Tambien nos alegra mucho el saber que IC4 ha sido una plataforma virtual que te ha permitido seguir aprendiendo abilidades como la comunicacion, el trabajo en equipo, y desde luego seguir aprendiendo el idioma Ingles. Te felicitamos y esperamos seguir aprendiendo de tus STEM presentaciones en conjunto con tus companeros de U.S.A., Kenya, y Brazil. Felicidades!

     
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    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2021 | 03:14 p.m.

    The diversity in language here is a perfect example of the uniqueness of the IC4 project. Everyone is welcomed, and the team does its best to accommodate the students with facilitators such as Israel, who are multilingual. You are the best, Israel.  

     
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    Great video and fascinating projects.  Just as you are connecting students, we are trying to connect CSEd Graduate students from across the globe..  This video made me think about the opportunity to help these PhD students realize the potential that comes from collaborative projects. 

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 03:14 p.m.

    Alan, there is so much we can learn from each other and these innovative tools and ideas and bridging gaps for educators and learners at all levels. I am glad to see that you are doing similar work at a higher level. 

     
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    Denise Calhoun

    May 14, 2021 | 12:15 p.m.

    This project epitomizes what learning is all about. I have been following IC4 since its inception and love the collaboration between student and student as well as between facilitator and students. The multimedia projects are amazing and so relevant during these times of uncertainty. Understanding the differences in where people live and setting up a virtual platform to share these cultural differences provide deeper meaning to learning and allow students to appreciate cultural diversity.

     
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    May 14, 2021 | 02:54 p.m.

    Well said, Dr. Calhoun! I agree that the IC4 project is indeed what learning is about. The student-to-student engagement is evident as we encourage student leaders to take the initiative in encouraging project collaboration. Our team has witnessed students from Kenya reaching out to teach Finnish students coding and offer assistance with their upcoming projects. We have even students who have joined a meetup (zoom meeting) for the first time and share a project idea with other school sites. Learners at IC4 have cultural differences, yet it is amazing to see the connection with each other in spite of any differences. Really, they are all kids who love to do STEM projects. This love of STEM forms a strong connection and allows them to persevere and shine way beyond anyone's expectations. 

     
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    Researcher
    May 14, 2021 | 09:05 p.m.

    IC4 is an incredible project. We live in a globalized society, however understanding the cultural differences of each location is very complex. And this is something that happens very smoothly in IC4. When we started activities in Brazil our main concern was the difficulty with the language, and in fact it is being something that encourages our students to understand new languages for better communication. The development of joint projects is also beautiful, as each student is very excited to learn more about the culture of another country. It is a great joy to participate in a project as wonderful as IC4.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 12:15 a.m.

    One of the very best days in the life of IC4 was when you and Arquimedes and your team came on board.  We have learned so much from watching you and learning from you through all, especially in and through the pandemic.  We hope to continue and deepen this connection, with great gratitude.

     
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    Alzira Fernandes Giacomassi

    May 14, 2021 | 09:31 p.m.

    It is beautiful to see my granddaughter Maria Cecília studying with other teenagers from other countries. I am thrilled, congratulations IC4.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 12:10 a.m.

    She is a star and a future leader of Brazil.  We are exceedingly proud to know her and to learn from her.  And we are exceedingly fortunate to know Ana Paula.  Thank you!

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 10:57 a.m.

    Thank you for your support! Without your support we could not accomplish greatness! 

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 03:37 a.m.

    Israel, pass sincere regards to grandma Alzira for believing in the precious granddaughter

     
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    Parent
    May 14, 2021 | 09:35 p.m.

    Hello I am the mother of one of the participants in this mega project as relevant as IC4 and I am proud to encourage the knowledge, learning and growth of so many young people! You are incredible for being involved in making a difference in this and other generations !! You are winners

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 12:12 a.m.

    Ana Lúcia, thank you for these good words.  We do not often hear from parents in this forum, and it is very pleasing to hear from you.  Please let us know ways you think we can improve the experience of the students in IC4, and thank you again.

     

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 11:02 a.m.

    IC4 global collaboration begins at home with family. We are grateful for your unconditional support. I've always said that without parent's support, we could not come together to do global collaboration in IC4 and learn from each other. Again, thank you for all your support at home. 

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 03:24 a.m.

    Israel.

    You remain an iconic figure in IC4 and a mentor to many. You are among the few who translated Prof. Hamilton’s dreams into reality, when such visions were never ever imagined within the academia. Your belief in the possibilities has borne fruits to the expanding global IC4 community.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 16, 2021 | 03:33 a.m.

    Isn’t it gratifying to learn from a parent Ana Lúcia Sgobbi? IC4 is providing supportive systems for learning continuity. It emphasizes parental responsibility in learning without any mandate and will be game changer to remedy lost opportunities through extended school closures, if embraced.

    Thanks Ana for being a model parent

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 11:27 a.m.

    Ateng',

    Your words give me a lot of motivation and inspiration, they are received with great humility. Thank you very much for your collaboration during all these years and for continuing to share your mental and social intelligence to continue growing in this global collaboration project. You are also a person who has greatly influenced the academic development of IC4 for many years. It is a pleasure to continue collaborating with you my dear friend. Thank you!

     
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    Luiza Schadeck Alberti

    May 14, 2021 | 09:39 p.m.

    This video is amazing! Congratulations to everyone who was involved in its realization and to the entire IC4 team! I love acquiring new knowledge and learning about different cultures at IC4 meetings, thanks to the organizers for this wonderful group!

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 12:13 a.m.

    mmmm.... well, video is amazing because of the participants (well, and the IC4 students and alums who produced the video).  We are so fortunate you have come into the IC4 network, Luiza, and thank you for your kind words.

     
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    Toby Baker

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    May 15, 2021 | 10:55 a.m.

    Luiza, your award-winning Amazon video is so awesome! Please make more videos!

     

     
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    Vítor Hugo Ribeiro

    Undergraduate Student
    May 14, 2021 | 10:19 p.m.

    Hi, I'm Vítor from Brazil. I'm an undergraduate student of Physics and I started in IC4 a few months ago. I work in this project as teacher to help brazilian students develop their projects. What I can say about IC4, despite my short time of participation, is that it is doing something extremely important now a days. The world has changed and because of this we need to follow this development encouraging, principally  those responsible for the future, to continue learning and discovering more and more to understand and help this world that we live in. We now live in a globalized society and present this to the students is very important to show how different cultures can be and still work together. I see that this project helps not only the students, but everyone involved to develop their skills in all possible ways. It has been fantastic to contribute and learn with IC4.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 12:08 a.m.

    Vitor, we are very fortunate that you joined. Ana Paula and Arquimedes have carried a strong vision for leveraging global collaboration.  Thank you for your contribution so far, and I know more is coming. 

     
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    Luiza Schadeck Alberti

    May 15, 2021 | 10:55 a.m.

    Comecei a participar das reuniões do IC4 no final do ano passado, e já sinto que evoluí bastante tanto no inglês, quanto em conhecimentos diversos sobre robótica, ciência, engenharia e de diferentes culturas. Falar com pessoas de diferentes lugares do mundo é muito legal! Sinto-me honrada por estar nesse grupo. 

     
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    Danielle Espino

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    May 15, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

    Luiza, é uma alegria ter você em nossa comunidade IC4. Somos muito gratos por sua energia e talentos! Obrigado por ser um membro tão dedicado, juntando-se a nós semana após semana. Aprendi muito com você, inclusive sobre a história da erva-mate. We are proud of your award-winning video about preservation of the Amazon!

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 11:02 a.m.

    I think you were in the first group of activities managing robotics, and of course we are all learning more about how to work across cultures. Thank you.

    Luiza wrote:

    I started to participate in the IC4 meetings at the end of last year, and I already feel that I have evolved a lot both in English and in different knowledge about robotics, science, engineering and different cultures. Talking to people from different parts of the world is really cool! I feel honored to be in that group.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 16, 2021 | 03:07 a.m.

    Luiza,

    Artificial Intelligence is becoming the foundation of the next global economies. You are on the right trajectory with engagement on robotics

    Eric, thanks for the translation 

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 16, 2021 | 03:15 a.m.

    Danielle,

    If this is what you wrote in response to Luiza, then am learning 

    Luiza, it's a joy to have you in our IC4 community. We are very grateful for your energy and talents! Thank you for being such a dedicated member, joining us week after week. I learned a lot from you, including about the history of yerba mate. We are proud of your award-winning video about preservation of the Amazon!

    The Amazon is a great source of biodiversity and a strategic resource in mitigating climate change. The efforts to conserve it are laudable, keep up the awareness beyond the borders of Brazil through the IC4 Community

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 12:22 a.m.

    Well said, Liege.  

     
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    Drew Rosenberg

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    May 15, 2021 | 10:55 a.m.

    I really enjoy the IC4 Project! I can code and collaborate with people with similar interests in computer science as me from around the world. I enjoy being able to expand upon my coding skills and create new and interesting projects with others.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 11:02 a.m.

    Drew, we are so grateful to have your participation in the IC4 project :)  We enjoyed getting to test out your game, it was so fun and looking forward to seeing it evolve.  You've already dived in in collaboration with students in the US, Mexico and soon to be UAE.  Looking forward to the projects you continue to work on!

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 02:48 a.m.

    Danielle, 

    You are hinting at UAE joining, amazing! 
    For Drew, coding trains habits of mind. I admire how experienced coders never panic even when others are alarmed. They’re able and to discern solutions to complex issues once given some data. IC4 provides you with a space to also develop people skills, and appreciate multidisciplinary aspect to innovation 

     
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    Matheus Santos

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    May 15, 2021 | 10:56 a.m.

    Hello, I'm Matheus from Brazil. I am a graduate student in Physics and started at IC4 a few months ago. I work on this project as a teacher to help Brazilian students develop their projects. In this time that I am in the project, I can already say that it is very necessary nowadays, as it favors contact between people from different places during this pandemic period and greatly enriches the students' knowledge. Nowadays many people are restricted to small groups and do not share their experiences, ideas and opinions, unlike the IC4 which covers everyone and allows an exchange of knowledge between different people from all over the world, with a relaxed and very welcoming environment. It is an incredible and very important project, I am very honored to be part of it :)

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 02:40 a.m.

    Matheus,

    You’ve characterized the experience so well. Brazil brings a rich perspective to the interactions, and I believe students from other countries have questions for your teams. Is the soccer prowess hereditary or it’s the environment? Your physics background should inspire many learners in IC4 who are allergic to the subject

     
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    Ana Paula Giacomassi

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    May 17, 2021 | 09:00 a.m.

    Luiz, Matheus and Vitor thank you very much for all the support you have provided to our Brazilian students. Your participation is very important, not only for the translation of the language, but also the collaboration and involvement in the projects. I am also very grateful for the entire IC4 team, Dr. Eric, Danielle, Seung, Israel, Zach, Ateng, Ateamate, Toby, Shad and all the other global leaders, IC4 really fills me with pride and hope for the future of education.

     
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    Stephanie Alvarez

    Researcher
    May 15, 2021 | 10:58 a.m.

    Hi! I'm Stephanie, and I'm a graduate student on our research team.  As a part of the project, I've had the opportunity to help run our weekly meet-ups and help with our research process. I have been a part of the team for two years now, and being a part of this virtual experience has been incredible! As COVID-19 progresses on, our learners still show up weekly engaged and ready to participate. We are so proud of the work they continue to do inside and outside of the project. We appreciate and thank you so much for viewing our video!

     
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    Researcher
    May 16, 2021 | 02:34 a.m.

    Stephanie,

    Thanks for being part of the IC4 team. Am sure you might be having fellow graduate students who miss such opportunities. The project and the Video showcase is a great contribution of Early Career Researchers and also inducts you to service to humanity 

     
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    Matheus Barzaghi

    K-12 Student
    May 15, 2021 | 11:20 a.m.

    Bom dia para todos.O video ficou muito bom,gostei que colocaram os integrantes tanto estrangeiros quanto do Brasil,percebi que apareceu um dos projetos que eu fiz com meus colegas,como poucos sabem pilotar carros de corrida é o meu sonho🏎️🏎️🏎️🚥🚥🚥 e sabendo que o esporte podia acabar não pude ficar parado,continuem comentando pessoal,dá o seu like👍👍👍,compartilhem com todo mundo que puderem e que acabe o mais rápido possível essa pandemia para voltarmos a explorar o mundo,reencontrar nossos amigos,com a ajuda de Deus vamos conseguir.

     
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    May 15, 2021 | 03:14 p.m.

    Matheus made a very compelling and knowledgeable presentation of race cars that appears in the video. We began to dream the same dream he has to race cars in Brazil.  He will probably reach the dream before we do :)

    Translation below: 
    Good morning to all. The video was very good, I liked that the members both from abroad and from Brazil, I noticed that one of the projects I did with my colleagues appeared, as few know how to drive race cars is my dream🏎️🏎️🏎️🚥 Sabendo and knowing that the sport could end I couldn't stay still, keep on commenting guys, give me a like👍👍👍, share with everyone that you can and that this pandemic will end as soon as possible so that we can explore the world again, find our friends, with God's help we can do it.

     
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    Researcher
    May 16, 2021 | 12:35 a.m.

    Eric,
    Thanks for revealing the message from Matheus, I doubt if you learnt Portuguese whle growing up in Chicago, but am sure you’re used to taking on adaptive challenges!!. This, also demonstrates that learning in IC4 is by everyone

     
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    Toby Baker

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    May 15, 2021 | 12:19 p.m.

    It is so exciting to hear about the future IC4 video projects! Luiza from Brazil shared this morning about a new video she is working on with her friends. They are building a rocket!!! and entering a competition this month! I can't wait to see the end result! 

     

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 16, 2021 | 12:30 a.m.

    Toby,

    The level of self-drive among the students is just amazing. There are millions if learners across the globe whose greatest challenge to learning is low motivation manifested through negative attitufe and low achievement. IC4 is providing an enabling environment for learners to develop positive identity and self-awareness as they progress in building resilience through trials, failures and success. I guess Luiza and team willl go through mixed emotions as they work on the rocket project. Fortunately, these are the lived experiences of scientists. All the best as they refine their project and enter the competition 

     
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    Dan Berkness

    May 15, 2021 | 01:51 p.m.

    Wow! This is such a cool project, and a great way for different cultures across the globe to learn to work hand in hand.

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2021 | 02:58 p.m.

    Dan, you are so right. I believe that is one of the many things I love about this project. The diversity in cultures is very inspiring. 

     
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    Tamasin Ford

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    May 15, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    Hi, I'm Tamasin from Power Up Tech Academy in Chicago, USA. As a new teacher leader for IC4, my students have found the experience very exciting to participate in so far. They are meeting peers from places all over the globe, and finding common ground in interests and collaborations. It is broadening their horizons and providing inspiration and encouragement for them to build their skills and share their knowledge. We are all looking forward to being a part of this unique program in the year ahead!

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    Hi Tamasin,

    Welcome. I am glad to hear about how the project is impacting your students. I hope they will be able to work with children in Cameroon in the future or other African countries participating if they have not done so already. 

     
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    Ryan Berkness

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    May 15, 2021 | 04:07 p.m.

    This is really amazing to see. I hope to keep following and learning so I can teach my online courses even better. It incredible to see how collaboration can improve learning. 

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

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    May 16, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    Very much so. I also find fascinating the quality of the learning happening during these meetups, the quality of content the students are producing, and the ease with which they work with their teams. IC4's work is exciting and informative to facilitators as well as other students. 

     
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    I like how the community that your group has cultivated serves as a test bed for innovative approaches to the study of collaboration.

     

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

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    May 16, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    Yes, Ying. It is also fascinated to see the impact it is making as regards knowledge creation and self-efficacy. 

     
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    Very interesting project! it may have already been addressed but what were the biggest challenges you had? how did you handle time and language differences? Also, what plans do you have to build on this in the future? 

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

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    May 16, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    I believe Israel and was able to cover that in the following post. I agree the time differences and internet issues are the best challenges especially working with children in Cameroon.

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 11:04 a.m.

    Some of the difficulties that students face in their global participation in IC4 are to accommodate their time to be able to collaborate with other students from other countries with different schedules, with different ways of life and routines, and from time to time in some occasions having problems of connectivity in the internet. The global collaboration plans in IC4 in the future are many, but they still need to be defined. We start to think what steps we must follow to continue innovating to continue learning globally from our extraordinary students.

     

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 07:44 p.m.

    We persevere when challenges are in our way...

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 12:37 p.m.

    Building off of what Israel said, the time difference is our biggest challenge when trying to establish live global meetups, however over the past year or two this has become less of an issue.  We seem to have remedied this by scheduling standing meetings every Saturday.  Additionally, the teacher leaders meet once a month to give updates from their sites and discuss new initiatives and projects.  These meetings are key to establishing best practices, building empathy and understanding of the challenges and successes of each site, and plan for upcoming meetings. I am so thankful for the leadership and support provided by Dr. Hamilton, Danielle, Seung, as well as each of the site leaders. It is truly the collective effort of our team that allows our talented and innovative students to learn and gro with one another.  

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

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    May 16, 2021 | 02:57 p.m.

    The team in Los Angeles goes above and beyond, and we can all see it in the quality of the work content students produce. Waking up every Saturday at 6 am, or 7 am after a full day of work is a commitment and labor of love. I compliment the team and teachers for their determination to offer the best to students. 

     

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 10:50 a.m.

    Yes, I agree with Shad and Ruth. The IC4 team committment goes above and beyond having weekly, weekend, and monthly teacher leaders meetings. It takes a team effort to be able to accomplish global collaboration learning.

     
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    May 16, 2021 | 07:42 p.m.

    To Virginia's challenges question: many of the students have reported that their biggest challenge with IC4 was not the language barrier or understanding a dialect, but rather scheduling and consistent communication with other school site peers. One of Shad's U.S. students reported that they would check the Slack site for project updates and for two weeks their were no messages from the collaborating school. This was due to lack of internet connectivity and available resources at the time. Noted it was also pre-Covid. Students in another U.S. location expressed similar struggles with the Finland site, that the students in Finland were slow to responding to Slack messages.  This may have been due to other responsibilities, time constraints, prioritizing school exams, etc. Projects might have been delayed and/or collaborative partners changed at the last second, in order to complete the projects. The students/learner's frustration demonstrated that they really were invested in IC4 and disappointed when other commitments impeded their ability complete projects.

    All of the students/learners reported how much they love IC4 and regret that they don't more time for it. They all felt like they make an impact on the world. 

    We persevere in spite of challenges!

     

     
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    Ruth

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    May 16, 2021 | 08:30 p.m.

    I am very excited to see Cameroon girls in the video. This project gives voice to children in every part of the globe who can participate. It is wonderful to watch the changes in self-efficacy and quality of content the students create. I notice the beauty in how the language and voices play throughout the video, representing participants' cultures.

    I wondered, though, why was North Africa presented to appear as part of the Middle East and not Africa as a whole? 

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 17, 2021 | 12:09 a.m.

    Hi, and thank you for your comments.  On your question, North Africa and the Middle East are often group together - the acronym "MENA" is common.  In the same way, Sub-Sahara is also treated as a grouping.  In any case, we avoid talking about Africa monolithically - around 50 countries, each very distinct!  I hope that helps, and thank you again.

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 10:20 a.m.

    I agree about talking about Africa monolithically. You know, my heart doesn't seem to care much for the MENA grouping or the sub-Saharah groupings. It's hard to explain why so I will have to reflect on why I think and feel this way. Maybe one of the kids in the video might create content around this topic. 

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 12:09 p.m.

    Ruth, 

    I agree with your remarks on monolithic characterisation of cultures. There's a way in which socialization contributes to perceptions of learning and actual learning engagement. Where children are socialized to speak less, they're unlikely to externalise their thoughts / reasoning, with a probable risk of negative labels on their cognitive abilities.

    Schools also have a socialization effect beyond the impact from the community, and those less verbal might be wrongly characterized. Therefore, it's empowering to have opportities for expressing multiple intelligences. IC4 uses video to gradually enable learners to be more confident communicators as they collaborate with peers and leaders 

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 01:59 p.m.

    You hit on multiple good points, Ateng. As a student who was taught to be quiet and listen in class, I have found it very challenging in Western environments where you are expected to speak up in class or group sessions. There is move improvement not, but the internal dialogue and second-guessing of my opinions sometimes cause me to retreat. Encouraging children to speak up in a culturally appropriate way is necessary, especially for African countries. Our children learn as they play in groups, making IC4 a suitable model for teaching children on the continent.

     
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    Michael Reed

    May 16, 2021 | 08:50 p.m.

    The brilliance of IC4 is astounding.  Attempting to put metrics, or find language, for the benefits of participation in the project is a daunting task.  There are so many intangibles that arise out of connecting with peers around the globe that create in participants a sense of empathy, empowerment and belonging to the whole.  The world needs this on so many levels; complex problem solving, diplomacy, understanding, scholarship, research, collaboration, friendship . . .Kudos to everybody involved.  Interested Observer, Michael Reed

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 12:16 a.m.

    Hi, your comment of course is greatly appreciated.  I don't want to turn down a fine compliment, but it is probably most fair to say that the essence of this project is not so much cleverness as much as common sense.  People learn and live differently when they can do it together.  The richness of different cultural traditions around the world adds up in these contexts.  Thank you!

     
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    Claudine Hudson

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    May 17, 2021 | 12:01 a.m.

    Excellent Project! Dewey's experiential learning theory is exemplified in the design of this project through it's collaboration and reflection component. It is fascinating to see the wealth of knowledge shared from a cultural lens; while also using technology as the main catalyst; amidst the constrains of a global pandemic. Congratulations to the IC4 Team-job well done.

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

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    May 17, 2021 | 01:59 p.m.

    Claudine, you have touched on one of the things I love about this project. The ability to combine technology and culture allows content to be culturally relevant to students. They also have a platform to learn about other cultures. Thank you for noting that about the project. 

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 12:11 a.m.

    Hi, and thank you for this observation.  I don't think I have ever put it in quite those terms, but what you have written makes a lot of sense.  And thank you for the kind words :)

     
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    Irene Mukiri

    May 17, 2021 | 03:01 a.m.

    Great work Dr. Hamilton. Whenever I look at these collaborative activities, I am so impressed because having grown up in this part of the world, at some point, one would feel like a second class human being, due to cultural restrictions and demands especially for the girls. Giving our young learners that exposure to interact with students across the globe is just incredible. The level of reasoning is not limited by geographical, cultural or economic barriers!!! I like how Kenyan students fit in and present their arguments with confidence. This is bound to develop a good research culture among the young professionals who will be channeled from our education system. My question to Dr. Hamilton, are their plans to follow up these young researchers past high school level of education? Or is it assumed that the research and collaborative spirit will be completely developed by the time they get into the tertiary education?

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 17, 2021 | 11:02 a.m.

    Hi Ms Mukiri, your comments are poignant for us. It was actually Kenyan students, mostly from Kibera, who first started making a lot of student contributions to the video forum four years ago.  At first, I thought, these are children talking in grown-up community.  I am ashamed to say that made me uncomfortable, until the realization hit me that we had an opportunity for these children to have voice in other parts of the world where they would not otherwise be given access. I was embarrassed that I did not see that right away.  And of course, the projects themselves form a way to function in intellectually and culturally nourishing ways.

    On your question, we do have some college student involvement, but more than that is beyond our current capacity.  We do have alums like Ateamate Mukabana and Denis Okello who facilitate the global meetups - they are remarkable good at it.  We would love to do more, and dream in that direction.  We also think that the pandemic may help spur more vigorous effort in building such collaboration.  

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments and questions.

     
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    Arquimedes Luciano

    May 17, 2021 | 08:40 a.m.

    Fantastic Research Project, in which we see the multiplication of STEM concepts in the lives of children. Since 2018, I have experienced this project in a special way with my daughter, who is increasingly integrated with people from different cultures as she delves into science learning.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    Researcher
    May 17, 2021 | 11:57 a.m.

    Thanks Arquimedes for believing in your daughter and sharing the outcomes you've observed in her. 

     
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    Israel Ramirez

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    May 17, 2021 | 01:07 p.m.

    I echo Ateng' words. It is facinating to see how students from Brazil, U.S.A, Mexico, and Kenya really care about the future of our world. Our IC4 students are the future leaders of our planet. We can't wait to collaborate with your research project, Arquimedes. 

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

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    May 17, 2021 | 01:58 p.m.

    I agree. I love the project that they are been working on. Our planet is in safe hands and I am so grateful IC4 is providing an environment where students can that thinking about the future. 

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 05:01 p.m.

    Thank you Arquimedes for always trying to look forward towards the future, on how we can sustain our current efforts and be able to leave a legacy for our future generations.

     
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    Ana Paula Giacomassi

    Researcher
    May 17, 2021 | 08:44 a.m.

    Maria Cecília, Matheus, Victor, Ana, Igor and Luiza we are very grateful for you to keep the Brazil team's spirits up, even in a year of many uncertainties due to the pandemic. You are making a difference and we are proud to have you at IC4.

     
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    Ruth Akumbu

    Graduate Student
    May 17, 2021 | 10:26 a.m.

    The Brazillian team is an example to all clubs. Their dedication to the project is inspiring. They use whatever tools at their disposal to overcome the language barrier and are not deterred by this challenge. Adding translations from English to Portuguese and vice versa has been a great help to everyone. 

     
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    Researcher
    May 17, 2021 | 07:37 p.m.

    Thank you very much for your comment Ruth, I agree with you, at the beginning my biggest concern was communication due to the differences between English and Portuguese, it is clear that Luiz has been a great encourager and motivator of our students, however IC4 shows that the barriers are only in our minds, as our students have shown that they can and want to overcome the boundaries of language, economic, social, cultural and everything that can block human interactions, that's why this project is inspiring. And you, Ruth, are an inspiring person.

     
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    Danielle Harlow

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 17, 2021 | 02:03 p.m.

    Thank you for your presentation about such an inspiring project. 

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 03:28 p.m.

    Thank you for watching our video. 

     
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    Ashley Chepkorir

    May 17, 2021 | 02:19 p.m.

    The project is a huge success and very inspiring to people who are interested in STEM related fields. I like the new addition, first languages of the related countries being used and translated.

     
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    Cyrus Mema

    May 17, 2021 | 02:58 p.m.

    Thank you Ashley for the new observation, indeed you being one of the pioneer group for IC4 its a motivation to hear this from you. All the best in your new school.

     
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    Tabby Goko

    May 17, 2021 | 02:24 p.m.

    I appreciate the fact that the IC4  project creates an environment where students can work on and develop key soft skills; self-awareness, communication, collaboration and networking.  It is commendable that during the pandemic, the project povided a safe environment for the students to grow, be innovative and explore.

    It is really a project with tremendous social impact!

    Great work Zach and the entire IC4 team.

     

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 04:52 p.m.

    Tabby, thank you for your comment. In IC4, there are opportunities for every participating student and adult to reflect on their own process of learning and the soft skills you that mention. I have witnessed how the environment with diverse cultures nurtures the learning for everyone, enables learners to take risks and respond positively to challenges.

     
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    Dana Carmouche

    K-12 Administrator
    May 17, 2021 | 06:52 p.m.

    Dr. Hamilton and Team...job well done. I know from experience virtual education is not easy and yet you have gathered underrepresented populations from around the world, and allowed them to explore STEM in a tangible way. As a k-12 District administrator I fully understand the need for hands on, relevant learning experiences. I love the students that utilized everyday ingredients to create useful end-products. I look forward to the connections that have been fostered by IC4, producing socially conscious scientist, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

     
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    Luiz Oliveira

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    May 17, 2021 | 06:58 p.m.

    Hello Dana, thank you for your kind words!

    I wish I also had the same opportunity growing up to participate in such an interactive and creative environment like IC4. Going forward, I hope to see more school around the world adopting a similar initiative to create awesome online learning experiences :)

     
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    Dana Carmouche

    K-12 Administrator
    May 17, 2021 | 07:08 p.m.

    I totally agree Luiz, I will get with Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Espino to see how HoustonISD can collaborate moving forward. We have some amazing STEM schools (inclusive of all boys and all girls schools) that would benefit from this collective collaboration model.

     
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    Umulkheir Yussuf

    Undergraduate Student
    May 17, 2021 | 07:21 p.m.

    It’s really good to see the great work going on here despite the pandemic. It’s encouraging! I feel privileged to have been part of this and the lessons I took with me, which are communication, problem solving and team work. 
    I wish the new students well and kudos to the instructors! 

     
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    Lucía León

    K-12 Student
    May 17, 2021 | 08:36 p.m.

    I’m proud to participate in this awesome project, because I’m learning a lot while I’m meeting friends around the world. For me is a pleasure sharing with all of you and learn about different topics that could help us to make a change in the world. 🌎 

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 11:21 p.m.

    Lucy, 

    Es un orgullo para nuestro equipo IC4 poder colaborar contigo y que tu sigas ensenandonos, aprendiendo y mejorando tus abilidades tanto academicas como personales. Esperamos seguir aprendiendo de ti y que tu colaboracion global siga dandonos muchos ejemplos de aprendizaje y comprendimiento de tabajo en equipo. Muchas felicidades!

     
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    Toby Baker

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    May 17, 2021 | 11:10 p.m.

    Initially, people who are unfamiliar with IC4 see this as a STEM science video-makers club. However, the various languages and cultures of the learners emerge as the core of true learning. As the STEM media topics are fascinating, the students/learners: their lives, their stories, and their backgrounds influence their media projects. We had a student who created a video about Suicide. When his IC4 peers asked him what influenced him to make this video, he felt safe enough to share that he had attempted suicide, entered counseling, and now he wanted to somehow, help others through his video. We all applauded him for his bravery, but this project was not strictly about science. IC4 is about the global issues affecting these students and IC4 empowers them to use their voice, their knowledge, and yes, their STEM video projects to make a difference in the world.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:55 p.m.

    This particular story speaks to the poignancy of teenagers interacting with each other as they navigate what for too many becomes a life and death grapple.  Thank you for sharing this crucial dimension to the community.

     
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    Eusila Kitur

    May 18, 2021 | 01:34 a.m.

    Diversity is all about us, and about us having to figure out how to face new challenges and come up with solutions together. IC4 gives a perfect platform to youths from various backgrounds. This is a real ground for creativity providing a chance for developing new ideas and debating differences all with an aim of better understanding of the world we live in. The fact that globalization continues to make the world smaller and more accessible, we must take advantage and get to learn from people coming from different continents. I believe that our backgrounds influence the way that we think and since there are various youths from different background, an idea or a problem being handled gets a taste of several thoughts from different point of views.
    This is really great work. Keep transforming lives!

     
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    Christine Laetitia

    Undergraduate Student
    May 18, 2021 | 02:21 a.m.

    One outstanding observation from the video is that the participants are learning and implementing  all the 21st century skills implicitly. Its incredible how the skills are reflected not only in their peer discussions, but also on the projects they are jointly working and even the products they come up with which seemingly are a result of diverse opinions and thoughts. 

    This is absolutely astounding!!! Well done to everyone involved.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 18, 2021 | 02:13 p.m.

    Dear Christine, your note prompts me to consider creating a summary that documents where and how global competencies are reinforced in IC4.  Thank you for your observation.  

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    Boma Nde Mercy Matie

    K-12 Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 07:10 a.m.

     Really impressive. I enjoyed the diversity in the participants. The video emphasizes on collaborative, inquiry, problem and project based learning which is what is needed in today's classrooms. Congratulations to all the participants for their great success.

     
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    Jackie Aguilar

    Informal Educator
    May 18, 2021 | 09:36 a.m.

    It's been an amazing experience collaborating with IC4. Since the beginning process to recruit students all the way to see and withness how amazing they have enhanced collaboration global skills. I had witness how the students one global meeting at a time they have developed self-confidence, communication skills, and social skills. It brings me to joy to know that our IC4 students are making a difference. 

     
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    Danielle Espino

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:59 p.m.

    We are so incredibly grateful to everyone's engagement in this year's showcase video for IC4! We have been fortunate to treat this conversation thread as a way for our participants, especially students, parents, and teachers, to experience as a community-building activity in addition to serving as a way to share this work with others. For our partners and participants in our project community, a sincere thank you for your continued collaboration. To interested colleagues and to our many supporters, thank you for your feedback.

    If you feel inclined to engage with us in any way, we encourage you to email us at info@ic4.site or visit our website at http://ic4.site for more information. Thank you, all!

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