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South Central Pennsylvania Educators Prepare Middle School Students for 21st Century Careers Through Creative Computational Thinking Initiative

Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education’s “Ignite My Future in School” Readies Students for Future Jobs and Provides Top Professional Enrichment for Educators at Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 in New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Press Release – NEW OXFORD, PA | NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2018 – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have announced the South Central Pennsylvania launch of their Ignite My Future in School (IMFIS) program.

The program will provide a select group of middle school educators from South Central Pennsylvania – including host Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 – with the opportunity to participate in Ignite My Future in School’s Day of Discovery. During this day of professional development training, local educators will connect with TCS and Discovery Education’s curriculum experts to learn about the program, understand its purpose and develop innovative strategies for integrating these new resources into classroom instruction.

“These brilliant teachers are the catalysts stimulating learning in today’s youth. Through this program our goal is to provide each educator with the skills and resources needed to help bring computational thinking to life in their classrooms,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “Ignite My Future in School gives teachers a one of a kind professional learning experience, enabling them to connect their curriculum to real-world applications, which enriches and strengthens their teaching and brings relevance and context to every core subject.”

Much like critical thinking, computational thinking equips learners with essential skills for solving complex problems to find innovative solutions through skills such as collecting and analyzing data, modeling solutions, or applying algorithmic thinking. Ignite My Future in School combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes, and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The initiative offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st century careers across all industries. Through this program, over 3,000 students in South Central Pennsylvania will receive computational thinking instruction embedded into their core subjects.

Pennsylvania currently has 19,852 open computing jobs and averages less than 3,000 computer science graduates annually. Ignite My Future in School hopes to bridge the gap by developing relevant skills for future job opportunities in the new digital economy, including Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT).

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education have partnered with U.S. school districts in the Washington, D.C. area, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin as early adopters and launch sites of this transdisciplinary approach. Since launching in 2017, IMFIS has provided training materials valued at more than $2 million and engaged over 185,000 students and 3,300 educators in all 50 states. To learn more about Ignite My Future in School, go to www.ignitemyfutureinschool.org.


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