Pittsburgh Educators Gain Valuable Computational Thinking Skills with Hands-On Professional Development Training

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Pittsburgh Educators Gain Valuable Computational Thinking Skills with Hands-On Professional Development Training

Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education Partner with CMU to Extend the Ignite My Future in School Program that Instills Critical Thinking Skills and Offers Job Readiness to Local Pittsburgh Students

PITTSBURGH, PA | NEW YORK, NY, MAY 29, 2018 – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading 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 launched an Ignite My Future in School Day of Discovery in Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. This professional training event connects local educators with Discovery Education experts to learn about Ignite My Future in School, understand its purpose and receive hands-on curriculum training.

Ignite My Future in School offers educators year-round assistance and curriculum support through free instructional resources on a digital platform. The curriculum embeds computational thinking strategies into subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach enables students to obtain critical thinking skills that will be required for 21st century careers across all industries.

The growth of cities like Pittsburgh is thanks to the resilience of its people, said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “Preparing young people with skills of the future is an important step in empowering communities to take charge of their own destiny. We are pleased to bring this award-winning program to the local teachers and schools, in partnership with CMU and Discovery Education.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for all occupations in Pittsburgh is $50,070, while the annual mean wage for Computer Science (CS) occupations is $81,680, an indication of the positive impact that a STEM degree can have on students' success. Ignite My Future in School hopes to increase the number of young students who pursue CS and STEM degrees in Pittsburgh by inspiring them to develop a passion for technology at a young age.

At a national level, Ignite My Future in School aims to engage 20,000 teachers and 1 million US students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education have already partnered with US school districts in Metro Washington, DC, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and California to launch this innovative program. Since debuting in 2017, IMFIS has provided training materials valued at more than $2 million and engaged over 8,000 teachers and 460,000 students from all 50 US states.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):

 

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS has over 424,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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About Discovery Education: 

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd

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