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Paris GambleBy Paris Gamble
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Paris GambleBy Paris Gamble
First created
$3,510
pledged of $16,000pledged of $16,000 goal
62
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 7 2015 12:51 PM UTC +00:00

About

I’ve wanted to bring the STEM careers message to kids through comics for a long time. I grew up as a math and science guy that loved comics and my dad taught me to read using comics. I know for a fact that comics work! Now that I have two children of my own I’ve worked to get my own kids interested in STEM. I did not find the existing materials to be very engaging. I am convinced that comics are a better way to getting this information into the hands of kids.

My dream is to eventually create a SERIES of these STEM career comics for kids. Each comic will focus on a STEM job and give some insight into what that job is like, what they would spend their days doing, and what kind of money they can make. Each story will show how a middle school kid became a STEM professional.  

REWARDS - In our reward section we describe a variety of packages that you can use to bring “David, Software Engineer” into your classroom, groups or communities. Our packages are designed to fit the needs of most school classrooms, groups and communities, but every situation is a bit different. If you’d like to describe your class, group or community size and composition we can recommend a package appropriate for you. Contact me at: pgamble422@att.net

STRETCH GOAL - Reaching the stretch goal of $25,000 will provide enough funding to do storyboarding, writing and preliminary art for a draft of a SECOND STEM Career Comic Book as we've done for "David, Software Engineer". All backers of $15 or more will be able to vote for the Stem Career of the 2nd Book through a short survey!!!!

Here is a list of possible careers for a second Stem Career Comic Book: Aerospace Engineer, Architect, Cellular Biologist, Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Marine Scientist, Mathematician, Mechanical Engineer, Nuclear Engineer and Petroleum Technologist. Let us know what career you would suggest making into a 2nd book.

Kids need to know that the jobs that will allow them to live a life of their dreams are in the STEM fields. We need to draw a connection between their school efforts and their future lives…this is where communication has been failing between parents and children and teachers and students.

Unfortunately, the depicted parental lecture scene is happening all over the country.  Instead of lecturing your kid (again and again) my comic provides you with an alternative for getting STEM career-related information to your kids in a format they will listen to.

There are more forecasted STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs then we have students in the pipeline. We know those jobs are among the highest paid.

Kids are losing interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Kids continue to tell us they do not understand how math and science are relevant to their future. They want to know how that the Algebra I class they do not like impacts their future career and lifestyle. The lack of relevancy leads to disinterest, lack of motivation and decreased engagement.

Materials are needed that Engage, Stimulate Interest and Expose kids to STEM concepts and careers that focus on WIIFT (What's In It For Them).

But don’t take my word for it, check out some of the great feedback I have received from kids about the draft of my comic.

I loved comic books as a kid (and STILL Do!), and I realize that a better way to expose kids to STEM is through a series of comic books focused on STEM careers. 

I’ve been working on this idea for quite a while and have already made up two drafts of the comic.  I’d like to introduce you to "David, Software Engineer". 

David, like most other students, has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up. David is always messing around and fiddling with phones, calculators, and computers. His interests seem to be more on gadgets than actual studies and therefore throughout middle school and high school he gets tutored by a girl named Carlie. What he didn't realize was that if he just applied what knowledge he used with his gadgets and gizmos to everyday life, he would be just fine. While being tutored by Carlie, he realizes he likes her but is too shy to say so. Will David ever find out how he can better apply his unique skills towards his future? Will he ever get the courage to tell Carlie how he feels? 

In showing my first draft to kids I've got input that indicated I needed to make some changes for girls. I have modified the comic book so that it appeals to both Girls and Boys. The feedback has been positive from both boys and girls. We’re now ready to finish things up and move forward.

While the work of developing the comic book is nearly complete, we need your help to finish up "David, Software Engineer" and to build up a community interested in bringing the STEM careers message to students in comic book form. 

"David, Software Engineer" is different than other career-related materials in that:

1. It has an engaging story  

2. It uses graphic art to add to the "text" in the story  

3. It includes career-related information from the viewpoint of a young person

4. Maps the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes of a STEM career to specific middle and high school classes

Sample - Career-related content
Sample - Career-related content

I am also creating Educator, Student and Parent Guides to make the comic book a more effective educational tool.

The guides will focus on Vocabulary, Guided Discussion, Discussion Questions, Post Reading Activities, Character Analysis, Standards, Additional Activities, Knowledge Gained, Graphic Organizers and Guided Reading.

Student's Guide Sample Page
Student's Guide Sample Page

All of the educators that have reviewed the unfinished guides have commented on how helpful and useful they are.

By supporting this Kickstarter you are helping get "David, Software Engineer" into the hands of the audience it is designed for...KIDS!

Your support will allow me to do the following:  

1. Print and deliver comic books to parents with kids, schools and other organizations that serve youth to begin to make a DIFFERENCE  

2. Create and provide access to digital copies of the comic book for mobile devices  

3. Research and Identify another STEM career with a Female main character for a 2nd Comic Book 

4. Identify an audience for delivering career-related information about a STEM career in a comic book 

5. Collect feedback on how to Better the product moving forward

Risks and challenges

As with any project there are no guarantees. This project has three key areas of risk: content creation, delivery of promised rewards and communication.

Content creation - I have created drafts of the comic book. I understand the process of collaborating with writers/artists and making changes.

Delivery of promised rewards - I have a background in project management and I am used to delivering things on a deadline. I am good at creating a schedule and following up to make sure things get done.

Communication - A lack of communication can lead to unmanaged expectations and a poor relationship which will reflect poorly on the project. I am a good communicator and have a history of keeping everyone informed during any project I am a part of.

Should problems arise I will communicate the issue, the proposed solution and the time to correct.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Join us in bringing our "David, Software Engineer" comic to life! We’ll provide you with project updates and acknowledge your support by listing your name on the comic’s Wall of Support page and on our website.

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    If you prefer to live the digital life we’ll provide you with a copy of the "David, Software Engineer" comic in pdf, Ibook, Kindle or Google Play format.

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    For your support we’ll list your name on the comic’s Wall of Support page and our website. We’ll also send you a JPG of our sketch art, a JPG of a character in the comic, and we’ll send out a Tweet thanking you.

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    Your very own copy of "David, Software Engineer". This exciting full color comic will explain the importance of STEM and what a job in Software Engineering is about. This 30 plus page full color comic is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    You receive TWO copies of "David, Software Engineer". This exciting full color comic will explain the importance of STEM and what a job in Software Engineering is about. This 30 plus page full color comic is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Homeschool? If your family is learning at home you’ll love this package. In addition to a copy of our comic book, we’ll also include Student and Parent guides. These 16 page full color guides will help you and your student get the most from "David, Software Engineer". You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Homeschool? If your family is learning at home you’ll love this package. In addition to 2 copies of our comic book, we’ll also include two student guides and a parent guide. These 16 page full color guides will help you get the most from "David, Software Engineer". You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Homeschool? If your family is learning at home you’ll love this package. In addition to 3 copies of our comic book, we’ll also include three student guides and a parent guide. These 16 page full color guides will help you get the most from "David, Software Engineer". You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Bring “David, Software Engineer” into your classroom. This package includes an educator guide and enough comics for a SMALL size class. Student guides are NOT included. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

    SEE the $370 reward to get student guides in addition to the comics for a SMALL size class.

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    Bring “David, Software Engineer” into your classroom. This package includes an educator guide and enough comics for a MEDIUM size class. Student guides are NOT included. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Buy a license for your school to share a PDF version of "David, Software Engineer" with up to 150 students. This is the most affordable way to bring this critical STEM content to your students. An exceptional value at only $2 per student! You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Bring “David, Software Engineer” into your classroom. This package includes an educator guide and enough comics for a LARGE size class. Student guides are NOT included. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Spread the word about your firm or organization with a HALF page ad in "David, Software Engineer". This is a great way to position your organization as pro kids and pro STEM. The ad will be included in the print and pdf versions. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Buy a license for your school to share a PDF version of "David, Software Engineer" with up to 250 students. This is the most affordable way to bring this critical STEM content to your students. An exceptional value at only $2 per student! You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Buy a license for your school to share a PDF version of "David, Software Engineer" with up to 350 students. This is the most affordable way to bring this critical STEM content to your students. An exceptional value at only $2 per student! You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Bring “David, Software Engineer” to kids in your local community or organization with this community outreach package. We’ll send you educator guides and enough comics and student guides to share this STEM message with a SMALL crowd. Just the thing for organizations that provide services to youth audiences to share with their local - adopted school, libraries or families in their community. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Bring “Davd, Software Engineer” to kids in your loacl community with this community outreach package. We’ll send you educator guides along with enough comics and student guides to share this STEM message with a MEDIUM crowd. Just the thing for organizations that provide services to youth audiences to share with their local - adopted school, libraries or families in their community. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Bring “David, Software Engineer” to kids in your local community with this community outreach package. We’ll send you educator guides along with enough comics and student guides to share this STEM message with a LARGE crowd. Just the thing for organizations that provide services to youth audiences to share with their local - adopted school, libraries or families in their community. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

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    Our team will work with you to design a CUSTOM STEM COMIC based on the theme that you wish featuring your firm or occupation that you advocate. Also included are plenty of copies of the comic and a full page ad that highlights your company. The ad will be included in the print & PDF versions. This full color comic will present your firm in a new way to the kids that will be your future employees. You’ll also get the digital rewards described in the $10 reward.

    This is a very CREATIVE reward. Please contact me at pgamble422@att.net to discuss in more detail.

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Funding period

- (30 days)