A Notice from PMI-DVC President regarding Chapter Events in reaction to COVID-19:
Dear PMI-DVC Members,
I hope that this message finds you and your family well and healthy.
I am providing a personal note to PMI-DVC members to share information on how the chapter is managing the COVID-19 situation in our service area and how we expect chapter services to be impacted.
PMI-DVC is a chapter that covers a large geographic region (southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland’s eastern shore), serving over 4,000 project management professionals. This week, members of the PMI-DVC Board of Directors and volunteers met to develop a risk management plan to ensure the health and well-being of our members and their families as it relates to chapter activities.
It is important to chapter leadership that we continue to provide chapter members the project management continuing education and professional development opportunities they’ve come to expect from us including, but not limited to, earning PDUs.
The Board is working diligently to provide programming for the next 90 days via virtual participation options, starting with the March dinner meeting (details to be shared soon). Information regarding future events will be shared via the chapter’s website, email and social media channels. The Board will continue to monitor conditions to identify changes for events beyond the next 90 days.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work on developing programming for you.
Keeping the Promise: In-Person STEM Expo to Virtual STEM Expo in 1 Week
By: Marie Hegarty, Kathy LoJoie Malik, Sumathi Arcot
The email from Mr. Richard Roberts, III, Founder and President of Young Men and Women in Charge Foundation (YMWIC), in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA arrived in Marie’s inbox on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1:23 p.m. announcing the Annual Science Expo scheduled for Saturday, March 21, eight days later, was shifting from an in-person event to a virtual event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event would be hosted using the video and audio conferencing of the WebEx platform, and supported by about 50 volunteers, including 13 PMI-DVC members assisting with event preparation and execution.
The virtual event would include approximately 110 elementary school, middle school and high school student scholars who would join one of 10 WebEx ‘classrooms’ to present their projects to up to three Judges. Each classroom would be moderated by a Facilitator, and each room would host, sequentially, four to six projects for a total of 65 projects. Ambitious!! Audacious! Inspired! Mr. Roberts’ leadership made this idea a reality!
This was the first time the YWMIC conducted this event virtually and one can imagine how much each of the students, their families and their educators benefited by knowing that their many months of hard work preparing for the competition was respected to keep to the planned schedule using technology.
“Adaptability to change is itself a hallmark of successful education.” Peter Hilton
The mission of YMWIC is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs, accomplished by leveraging partnerships with K-12 school districts, universities, corporations, and the Foundation’s committed partners. The mission is accomplished by embracing a family model that provides individually targeted services: academic support and tutoring, leadership development, public speaking, junior mentoring, scientific research projects, college readiness and industry experiences in many STEM-related careers.
PMI-DVC has supported various activities and events of YMWIC for many years. Beginning in October 2019, PMI-DVC members contacted current scholars’ parents to confirm the scholars were on track for the successful completion of their Project Milestones: Research Plans, Lab Reports, Presentation Boards, and PowerPoint presentations. PMI-DVC members offered operational support by recommending tools and processes for programs such as the Science Expo and Staff Status reporting.
The conversion of the in-person Science Expo scheduled at Henderson High School shifting to a virtual Science Expo involved simultaneous quick parallel tracks of activity with various groups so all would be ready in one week. A Kick-Off meeting occurred on Monday, March 16; practice sessions for the students using the WebEx audio and visual platform and web cameras were held on March 18 and 19; three separate readiness briefings were held on March 20 for the Teams: Judges, Facilitators, Data Analytics, and Help Desk. Students had multiple opportunities to participate in a virtual practice session. Images of the students’ research boards and their PowerPoint presentations were packaged and distributed to the Judges on March 19 and 20.
Game Day – March 21, 8 AM! The Help Desk and WebEx ‘classrooms’ opened, students gathered by
9 a.m. in the assigned classrooms, and the oral presentations by the students, defending their research for the assigned Judges and Facilitators started! Judges completed scoring spreadsheets and submitted them to the Data Analytics Team. All sessions were completed by 11:30 a.m. and scoring was completed by 1 p.m.! SUCCESS!!!
Collaboration and communication by the scholars, their parents, and volunteer professionals from engineering, health care, scientific, manufacturing, and construction companies supported the Science Expo. While all may have been physically distanced, they were not socially distanced. They were connected in a community dedicated to the success and advancement of the next generation of leaders, thinkers, innovators, makers, and creators! In addition to the scholars planned learning about data collection, analysis, and communication of their theory, approach and conclusions, the quick conversion to the virtual Science Expo taught resourcefulness and resiliency. This experience will surely be one which the scholars remember, and which guides them through future challenges.
A PMI-DVC member, new to YMWIC wrote: “I judged six teams of ninth through eleventh graders. The scholars were very professional, and it was apparent that they put a lot of effort in their projects. One of the more interesting projects was a study of teens and stress. The scholars interviewed about 20 of their peers and it was clear that stress is a serious concern with teens. School turned out to be the #1 cause of stress in their sample group.”
Another PMI-DVC member wrote: “The students were coached well all along and they followed the instructions very well - boards and presentations were done in a methodical and consistent manner.
The interest shown by these kids was a great energy booster and was very refreshing - we should find innovative ideas to motivate them as they all have an inquisitive mind…. I see some budding scientists, mathematicians, psychologists and technologists that need encouragement and a window to show their talent and skills.”
PMI-DVC members who benefitted by participating in the YMWIC Program this academic year were: Sumathi Arcot, Christelle Beauvais, Ernest Dixon, Marie Hegarty, Maureen McMahon-Fleming, Jeff Gang, Ken Golkin, Lynn Handley, Kathy LaJoie Malik, Regina Ray, Niki Weiss, Audrey Wilson, and Leon Wilson.
PMI-DVC at the 2020 Future City Competition
PMI Delaware Valley Chapter is a Gold Sponsor of the Future City Competition - Philadelphia Region where 17 PMI Delaware Valley Chapter members volunteered at the January 18, 2020 competition held in Radnor, PA.
The Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition is a 501.c.3 educational outreach program of DiscoverE, a 30-year-old organization that helps young students discover engineering via their local schools. The regional competition attracts middle school students (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) from Philadelphia and surrounding counties including the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Students work with a teacher and an engineer mentor from September to January during the academic year to prepare for the competition which includes:
- Preparing a project plan
- Design a city using SimCity™ computer software
- Research and write solutions to an engineering problem
- Build a tabletop-scale model with recycled materials
- Present their ideas before judges at the Regional Competition held annually in January
2020’s Regional Competition showcased 44 model cities. Over 1,000 students were involved in the competition. PMI-DVC presented an award for Excellence in Project Management to Independence Charter School from Philadelphia, PA. See 2020 Winning Team photo below – credit: futurecityphilly.org.
PMI-DVC also supports the annual Future City Engineering Fair held in October. 17 chapter members volunteered their time in 2019, including Mark Schwartz, who presented a session on Project Management for the Future City Competition.
For more information, pictures and videos about the Future City Competition - Philadelphia Region, visit their website at futurecityphilly.org or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/FutureCityPhilly.
Call for Nominations: 2020 PMI-DVC Board of Director Positions
The PMI-DVC Nomination and Election Committee, as appointed by the PMI-DVC Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2020-2021 PMI-DVC Board of Director Positions are being accepted now through Thursday, July 25, 2019; nominations must be received by midnight, ET.
This is an opportunity for PMI-DVC members to state an interest in leading the Chapter by self-nominating, or to nominate a fellow PMI-DVC member they feel would serve well as a leader in the organization.
Term: The term of office is two calendar years beginning January 1, 2020 and applicable through December 31, 2021. Potential candidates should be aware that participation in the PMI-DVC Board of Directors is expected to require a commitment of an average of 15 hours per month in addition attendance at events to represent the Board.
Positions: All elected positions are considered Director At Large and this year there are five (5) open positions, After the election, functional roles are determined by The Board. Positions that are open next year are:
- President Elect
- Vice President of Technology
- Vice President of Governance
- Vice President of Education
Nominations: The requirements for nominations are provided on the Nomination Form;
please review carefully prior to submitting a nomination. The completed nomination form must be emailed to nomelect.
Information regarding PMI-DVC Bylaws can be found here: pmi-dvc.org/about/bylaws
PMI-DVC Nominating and Election Committee