In 2020, the TCS goIT team was invited to present at the Computational Thinking in Schools (CTIS) Conference, an international event that sees over 1000 delegates, including teachers, principals, educators, and organizations working in the field of education from across 15 countries. CTiS provides an unparalleled platform for teachers to share innovations, experiences, and best practices.
At the last conference, representatives from APSWREIS were present and reached out to goIT with interest in implementing the goIT program in Southeastern India. A formal partnership was established in October 2020, and TCS has been full steam ahead ever since!
goIT kicked off with a training by training 190 APSWREIS teachers who represent 189 schools across 13 districts of the state. Trainees mastered goIT concepts to bring to students across all APSWERIS schools by Fall 2021.
This is important because currently, marginalized students in India, the target student demographic at APSWREIS, lack access to top-tier education, including computer science and technology education. For many of these students, their time at school is the only time they have access to any form of technology including computers and cell phones.
The goIT program is now being piloted by trained goIT facilitators and supported by TCS volunteers for 160+ students in 5 district schools of APSWREIS. After the pilot, APSWREIS plans to implement goIT in their schools across the state, impacting an estimated 200,000 students.
Thus far, we’re seeing incredible interest from students as they work on their goIT projects, particularly as they come up with solutions to problems that align with the global SDGs. Students have come up with apps that address issues around water waste, waste management, equitable access to education, and gender inequality. In addition to enjoying the process of problems solving around the SDGs, the students loved learning about the general concepts of STEM and how they can apply STEM skills in their future careers.
At the end of the program, students presented their wireframes and storyboard ideas for the problems that they identified. goIT and APSWREIS are inspired by the passion, creativity, and engagement students have demonstrated – we can’t wait to see what’s next!