Introduction to scope management

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Table of Contents

1       Introduction. 4

2       Background & Research. 4

3       Roles and Responsibilities. 7

4       Scope Management Processes. 7

4.1         Definition of Scope. 8

4.2         Creation of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Dictionary. 8

4.3         Deliverable Validation and Acceptance. 9

4.4         Control Scope. 9

5       References. 1

Introduction to the Scope Management Plan Template

1             Introduction

In Boston, just like in many areas worldwide, many youths and students do not realize the importance of environmental conservation. The preservation of the environment around us and plants and animals should be a personal initiative of every individual because it directly affects our co-existence. With this in mind, an initiative is taken by Northeastern University to educate the young students and youth in Boston on the importance of environmental conservation. This will be done concurrently with equipping them with the required skills to prosper in their respective fields using the STEM education system.

This Scope Management Plan will address the overall scope of the entire project, which is to prepare students to achieve their full potential through support, recreational, and STEM-based program support through 14 days summer camp. This includes complying with the needs and rights of the students through the entire process.

2             Background & Research

Environmental education is very critical to our existence, and it connects us to the world around every person by educating us about manmade and natural environments. It creates awareness of factors that impact the environment and everything in it and how they are all dependent on each other (Nyhus, 2016). The education also highlights some of the actions all of us can take to improve the environment and sustain it. Humans must find a way to coexist with animals and plants in maintaining the natural coexistence in the world.

There are several ways that can educate students on the importance of maintaining the environment, for instance, by bringing nature to the classrooms or taking the students out to experience the lessons first-hand. This education has many benefits to the students, educators, and communities at large. There are several benefits of environmental education, especially to students; their imagination and enthusiasm are heightened. This is possible because the students are involved in learning because the content is interesting, leaving them motivated and yearning for more. Another example of the benefits is that learning transcends the classroom. When students learn from outside their classrooms, they connect what they have learned to the real world. This makes them understand even better than when they are seated in classrooms. Lastly is the enhancement of creative and critical thinking skills. Students can easily investigate things on their own when practically learning; therefore, this enhances their capacity to make decisions on their own. A STEM project camp has been planned to teach young people the importance of environmental conservation to ensure that the environment and all the living things co-exist. STEM education in middle school is critical because it ensures that students develop vital skills throughout their lives. A great majority of the coursework is full of projects and project work and their applications; a quality education process can produce very strong critical thinkers, problem solvers, and team players (“Middle School STEM Curriculum Guide – Yeti Academy STEM,” 2021).  STEM education ensures that the students consider the significance of science, technology, engineering, and math in our environment and how people can save the environment (Deans, 2020).  Research on this topic has been done, and it has been seen that students should be involved more in preserving the natural environment, plants, and animals. During these tough times of the COVID pandemic, we should all come together to save our world from environmental exploitation and ensure there is smooth existence of every living thing.

The activities that can bring students:

1.According to Museum of Science with the help of science museum products, students’ curiosity can be stimulated through rich and interesting STEM exhibitions and live demonstration activities, so that they can think like scientists and engineers to stimulate students’ interest in STEM and stimulate students’ potential (Museum of science, 2021).

2.According to Harvard Museum of Natural History. There is class program can lead students to visit. Students can visit African wild animal specimens, arthropod specimens, Asian animal specimens, world bird specimens, Central and South American animal specimens, Cenozoic mammal specimens, and marine animal specimens collected a century ago. And you can understand climate change, species evolution and microbial life to educate students on the importance of protecting the environment. (Harvard Museum of Natural History, 2021)

3. According to See Science Center, in their summer camps, educators and partners’ experience in STEM participation will be applied to all products. Workers will use proven technologies to encourage and inspire students’ skills and confidence (See Science Center, 2021)

The relevant facilities and guide

1.According to Yeti Academy the STEM program for middle school students should include a strong math and science foundation, Engineering projects, Technology course work and usage, digital citizenship, interactive lessons, real-world applications, accessibility, and online hybrid learning options (“Middle School STEM Curriculum Guide – Yeti Academy STEM,” 2021).

2. According to Inventor STEM school middle school students will be assigned to STEM intermediate courses. The main goal is to learn to work in a team to gain basic technical literacy and programming skills through the use of LEGO and Minecraft Education (Inventor STEM School, 2021).

3. C0deEX is committed to inspiring children in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Fun, friendly, and intuitive methods provide hands-on learning opportunities in holiday camps, classes, and birthday parties (CodeEX Coding of Excellence, 2021).

4. Acera School will offer courses in engineering, biotechnology, mathematics, art, drama, design, electronics, music, chemistry, physics, etc. The hands-on learning environment allows elementary and middle school students to train them to explore, create, innovate, and experiment with content and concepts that are usually reserved for older students (Acera School, 2021)

5. According to Wicked Cool for kids that after school, during school and summer vacation, they provide elementary school students with rich STEAM-based courses, enabling them to explore science and engineering in a fascinating way. After-school program provides a full range of practical fun, including Science and Design Studio, Wild World Wildlife Park, Lego Robotics and Engineering, Gravity Rock and Kitchen Chemist (Wicked Cool for Kids, 2021)

6. The document introduced how to start and run a summer camp (Hughes,2021)

The relevant topic:

1. According to Science4Fun there are fun reading about animals, chemistry, earth science, electricity, inventions, light, physics, planets, plants and renewable energy for middle school students to read (Science4Fun, 2021).

2. According to Science Journal for Kids and Teens there are hundreds of scientific articles that are written for kids and approved by scientists (Science Journal for Kids and Teens, 2021)

Where to hold the camps

1. According to trustees there are more than 100 special places roughly 27,000acres all around Massachusetts can accept a commission to hold a summer camp (trustees, 2020)

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3             Roles and Responsibilities

Position in OrganizationRoleResponsibility for Scope
[Director, NU Center for STEM Education]Project SponsorWill cover the finances of the whole project and outline the main factors of the scope to be handled]
[Undergraduate student]Project ManagerWill manage the scope
StudentsUsers
ParentsExternal feedback
School staffProject team

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4             Scope Management Processes

4.1            Definition of Scope

Formulation of a project scope statement involves several steps that are closely related to the operational case study. It is important to understand why the project was initiated to develop the best project scope statement (Helgason, 2010). The scope combines the objectives and the requirements necessary for attaining the project’s goal as widely used in project management. Proper project size eases the project manager’s handling of finances and budget allocation while following the project timeline. This project has its scope statement developed from the need to protect the world around us, including grade school students. Educating the selected grade school students on the importance of maintaining a sustainable coexistence with animals, plants, and other living things in the environment is vital. And through social, entertainment and STEM-based Educational programs help students reach their full potential.

4.2            Creation of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Dictionary

  1. 1.      Northeastern University Summer STEM Project

WBS Dictionary

1.1 project managementWill include the scop statement, risk statement, scheduling and budget and the capacity is 30 students
1.2 Market researchResearch for the relevant facilities, relevant activities, relevant topics and where to hold the summer camp
1.3Detailed planningThe detailed scheduling for each day during the 14 days summer camp
1.4 importance of environmental conservationThe activities and lessons to introduce the importance of environment and the camp will make 10 hours content through the whole camp to make students understand the goal.
1.5 STEM-based education program support the youthSTEM-based system make student participate in hand-on learning to train them to explore, create, innovate, and experiment with content and concepts about environment and there will one lesson or one activity within 2 hours each day to make students participate
1.6 Testing of the educational value of STEM-based programs on the studentsTake small exams to test students’ gain and understanding of the course. The exam is one to one conversation with each student about 10 minutes
1.7 Collect resultsCollect the video of each conversation
1.8 EvaluationEvaluate the givenness and acceptance of the students in the summer camp

4.3            Deliverable Validation and Acceptance

As shown in the above section, 4.2 are level 2 deliverables. They will be later divided into level 3 and will need to be validated by the stakeholders allocated to the deliverables. Validation will rely on the completeness of the deliverables. The original scope will be considered in the deliverable validation, and the deliverable to be validated will be compared and matched to the scope, and that’s where the stakeholders will decide whether they will be accepted or not. After deliverable validation, they will be passed on to the clients and users who are expected to use and accept the deliverables for the project, which then will be finalized for the entire project and will be adopted.

4.4            Control Scope

Change is inevitable and natural. It is critical to note that our job is to effectively deal with and manage scope change and not stop it(Mulholland, C., 2008). Control scope is scope and project management, and also the proposed project scope change. This control scope helps to maintain the entire project scope. Any proposed changes to the scope are documented and sent to the change control board for analysis for any risk to the project before a recommendation is made to either make the changes or not. The changes can be made if they do not make any changes to the overall scope and do not pose a risk to the entire project scope.

5             References

Acera: K-10 Stem School. K-9 STEAM School. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://www.aceraschool.org/.

After School Programming Center for Coding Education in Acton. C0deEX. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://www.c0deex.com/.

Deans, J. (2020). Discover the eco-systems on your doorstep – and how to conserve them. Standard.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2021, from https://www.standard.co.uk/futurelondon/stem/stemconservationecosystemnaturescience-b77364.html.

Harvard Museum of Natural History. Text says Harvard Museum of Natural History. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2021, from https://hmnh.harvard.edu/.

Helgason, V. (2010). Project scope management (Doctoral dissertation).

Home: Museum of Science, Boston. Home | Museum of Science, Boston. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2021, from https://www.mos.org/.

Hughes, R. (n.d.). How to start and run a summer camp. JotForm. Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://www.jotform.com/how-to-start-a-summer-camp/.

Middle School STEM Curriculum Guide – Yeti Academy STEM. Yeti Academy STEM. (2021). Retrieved 29 September 2021, from https://yetiacademy.com/middle-school-stem-curriculum-guide/.

Millhollan, C. (2008). Scope change control: control your projects or your projects will control you! Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2008—North America, Denver, CO. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.

Nyhus, P. (2016). Human–Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence. Annual Reviews. Retrieved 29 September 2021, from https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-085634.

Our work. The Trustees of Reservations. (2020, September 28). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://thetrustees.org/what-we-do/.

Science Journal for Kids and teens. Science Journal for Kids and Teens. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://sciencejournalforkids.org/.

Science topics – science education for Kids. Science4Fun. (2021, June 18). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://science4fun.info/science-topics/.

SEE science Center. SEE Science Center. (2021, September 24). Retrieved September 29, 2021, from https://see-sciencecenter.org/.

Steam enrichment: United States. Wicked Cool for Kids. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://www.wickedcoolforkids.com/.

Your child is capable of great things. Inventor STEM School. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://inventorstemschool.com/.