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goIT Kicks off a Summer of Programming at Summerside

Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. Where does this pollution come from? Where does it go?

Addressing that question was a key premise of one memorable app presentation at Summerside Elementary’ s TCS goIT App Design inaugural program. The majority of pollutants that make their way into the ocean come from human activities along the coastlines and far inland, so student innovators devised an interactive app that turns trash into treasure. Their app incentivizes community members to pick up trash and turn it into local art, beautifying our oceans and community by eliminating pollution and adding art.

In just 4 days, all 82 students in the 5th grade at Summerside Elementary had to brainstorm their ideas, complete market research, and prototype solutions using goIT’s six modules. Each classroom hosted their own pitch competitions, where the winning team was chosen by a jury of their peers.

The event ended with presentations and feedback from a panel. TCS’ Damodar Padhi, Vice President & Global Delivery Center Head Tata Consultancy Services; Mayank Kapoor, TCS Client Partner; and Sarah Vaughan, KeyBank Technology Product Owner were in attendance and spoke with the fifth-grade class. Vaughan spoke to the students about the power of technology, and how she’s been using tech to support small business loans during the pandemic.

In addition to executive support, fifteen TCS associates served as mentors throughout the program providing encouragement and feedback on their ideas, or helping students troubleshoot coding issues. Acting as both guides and role models, they were an integral component of the program’s success.

The principal from Summerside said, “We are grateful to partner with TCS’s goIT to foster innovative and creative thinking skills, problem solving and collaboration so our students learn that they can turn their ideas in action.”