Technology is blending the divide between machines and people. To produce inventive, technology enabled solutions to real-life problems, our youth need to develop digital fluency: a mastery of digital technology beyond the classroom, and skills needed to go from college to career. The need for innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education across North America is paramount.
As a leading IT services and business solutions provider, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) North America recognizes that the industry’s future – and that of the nation’s increasingly knowledge-driven economy – depends upon more Americans and Canadians with STEM based skills entering the workforce each year. Whether advancing thought leadership by convening roundtables, enabling cross-sector collaboration, building technology platforms, or engaging skilled volunteers to bring technology skills to students, TCS is harnessing the power of national partnerships to impact computer science and STEM education across communities.
- 1.Creating tomorrow’s STEM Leaders (goIT)
- 2.Connecting students with mentors (US2020, MWM)
- 3.Providing pro-bono technology solutions (NPower/ILP, MWM, US2020, Learning Blade, IMPACT 2030, LeadCS.org)
- 4.Supporting nonprofits with technology (NPower/ILP)
- 5.Thought Leadership (Roundtables/whitepapers, Boards, publications)
1. Creating tomorrow’s STEM Leaders (goIT)
Since its launch in 2009, goIT has engaged almost 10,000 North American students across 32 cities and 50 school districts, with promising results. In 2015, goIT inspired almost 1,000 new students, engaged over 460 TCS employee volunteers, resulting in over 12,000 hours of high-impact skill building and computer science programming for students, including those from underserved groups, minorities, and girls. More than half of all goIT participants reported an increased interest in STEM disciplines, and 86% of all students agreed that goIT helped them realize that a STEM career can be interesting.
2. Connecting students with mentors (US2020, MWM)
TCS is also the technology sponsor of Million Women Mentors (MWM), a national initiative that will match one million STEM professions with girls and early career women to help ensure that they pursue and stay in STEM fields. MWM has already achieved two thirds of that goal engaging over 650,000 corporate mentors.
As a Founding Partner of US2020 and MWM, TCS supports the national movement to increase girls, women, minorities, and under-represented groups in STEM careers. To act on these initiatives, 20 percent of TCS’ workforce has committed to fulfill 20 hours of STEM mentoring by the year 2020. TCS is also a partner for the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s (NCWIT) Clinton Global Initiative commitment to scale the AspireIT program and engage 10,000 middle school girls in learning computing concepts.
3. Providing pro-bono technology solutions (NPower/ILP, MWM, US2020, Learning Blade, IMPACT 2030, LeadCS.org)
4. Connecting students with mentors (US2020, MWM)
5. Thought Leadership (Roundtables/whitepapers, Boards, publications)
TCS led multiple Computer Science Roundtables, bringing together experts from industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations to create a national road map for computer science education, and a blueprint for scalable, replicable programs that effectively motivate and prepare students for careers in computer science. TCS has also published several white papers, heralded by industry and government partners, that define national STEM and computer science education conversations and strategies: The STEM Imperative; 100 CEO Leaders Discuss the Importance of STEM in U.S., Education & Careers in the U.S.: The Future of Computer Science, Women in STEM; Realizing the Potential, Creating Digital Fluency, State by State, City by City: Computer Science Education in U.S., and Expanding and Scaling Innovative Digital Fluency Models: Computer Science Education in the U.S. in partnership with STEMconnector.