TCS, Discovery Education launch ‘Ignite My Future in School’
‘Ignite My Future in School’ will engage 20,000 teachers and more than one million students over the next five years. It will be rolled out in school districts in 10 US cities and will also be available across the US through a virtual digital platform.business Updated: Mar 28, 2017 17:41 IST
IT major TCS today partnered with Discovery Education, a digital education content provider, to launch an initiative to transform US education by embedding computational thinking and problem solving into core school subjects.
“‘Ignite My Future in School’, is a multi-million dollar initiative to use computational thinking as a catalyst to transform education in America,” a joint statement said.
This programme will enable educators, administrators and school districts to become ambassadors of a transdisciplinary approach and introduce computer science within the context of core subjects such as English, mathematics and others, it added.
‘Ignite My Future in School’ will engage 20,000 teachers and more than one million students over the next five years. Starting this year, it will be rolled out in school districts in 10 US cities and will also be available across the US through a virtual digital platform.
More than 3,000 TCS employees will be involved as mentors and support the building of local coalitions in each city, it said.
“Innovation occurs at the intersection of disciplines, and digital technologies are transforming every business around the world, from manufacturing and banking to retail and healthcare,” TCS President, North America, UK and Europe Surya Kant said.
“Computational thinking and digital fluency are critical skills to succeed in careers across all sectors. Combining our industry knowledge, technology and mentors with Discovery Education’s educational resources, we can empower educators and schools to ignite the spark to prepare a whole new generation of students for brighter futures,” he added.
Commenting on the partnership, Discovery Education CEO Bill Goodwyn said, “Together, we are developing and delivering to educators dynamic digital resources that support the growth of critical computational thinking skills”.