Founded in 1977, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) sustains 4,000 individual members, 189 chartered college and university chapters, 15 professional chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools. AISES provides scholarships, workforce and leadership development, conferences, and K-12 programming to support American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples of North American in STEM fields.
AISES will offer workshops in early 2017 where ~100 American Indian students in grades 7-12 will participate in hands-on activities using the Sphero robot ball.
The Foundation, partnered with ACM and CSTA, to support the first-ever CS Teaching Excellence Awards in 2017. Over the past 3 years these annual awards have recognized over 20 outstanding K-12/Pre-university computer science educators and remains the only award that recognizes these teachers specifically for their contributions in the classroom. The award has provided new teaching ideas to thousands of educators through presentations, articles, and testimonials by the winners.
CodeNow’s mission is to diversify the talent pipeline of students who pursue computer science and technology.
The Foundation has supported 4 intensive coding workshops in Northern California (25 hours over three weekends) for ~150 students and post-workshop internships for successful students.
Code.org helps students, especially young women and underrepresented students of color, gain access to computer science and coding. Since 2013, the Hour of Code campaign has introduced +100M students to computer science.
The Foundation is one of the top 4 donors supporting Code.org and its ‘Scaling Professional Learning in K-12’ computer science program which will enable Code.org to accelerate efforts to address diversity in K-12 computer science at an even greater scale.
Computer Technologies Program and CTPBerk (CTP) provides computer-related job training and job search support for people with disabilities in the Greater East Bay and San Francisco area. CTP seeks to broaden employment opportunities for people with disabilities by providing training in Information Technologies, self-marketing and advocacy.
CTP held a 1-day event during CSEdweek to feature hands-on robotics and coding activities for autistic youth.
CREATE Lab Community Robotics Education and Technology Empowerment Lab explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies.
The Foundation is helping to create a new Lab Satellite to engage ~4000 students over the next four years in greater Atlanta and Salt Lake City areas.
Computer Science Teachers Association is a membership organization of more than 2#,000 educators established in 2004 by the ACM to serve the needs of K–12 CS education.
CSPDWeek is a new national event, supported by CSTA, to provide best-in-class professional development (PD) to teachers across the country. PD is offered by four well known providers – Exploring Computer Science, Bootstrap (ECS), College Board and NCWIT.
The Foundation grant supports PD of 175 teachers (ECS or Bootstrap curriculum) with anticipated impact of reaching +10K students within first year.
Digital Nest is a non-profit high-tech training and collaboration space that brings growth, stability and creates futures in technology for predominantly underserved Latinx youth in the neglected rural and agricultural communities of Watsonville and Salinas through free computer access, training, adult mentorship, and workforce development.
The Foundation funds will allow Digital NEST to create a first-of-its-kind pilot program focused on engaging rural youth in the AgTech economy. The program will include the development of curriculum that will support students gaining in-demand skills, followed by group field trips to regional leaders in agriculture, including company tours and networking opportunities with professionals in the field.
Pioneered by the California non-profit MV GATE, Family Code Night has been conducted for thousands of kids and parents at schools throughout Marin County, California, and now at schools nationwide. It is an evening event that can be hosted by any K-5 elementary school where children and their parents pair up to carry out their first hour of coding, together.
The Foundation has supported the roll-out of Family Code Nights to every elementary school in North Carolina and sponsored Family Code Nights in both Hartford, CT and Providence, RI during CSEdWeek in December 2019.
Girl Develop It (GDI) is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development. Girl Develop It empowers women by providing in-person, culture-centered coding classes and learning communities.
GDI hosted a 2.5 day Hackathon in Seattle during CSEdweek to empower women of all ages, abilities, and diverse backgrounds through coding and community, and serving ~50 women and Girl.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is 2.5 million strong leadership development organization for more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L to change the world.
The Foundation is providing funding to expand access to STEM education for K-12 girls and their families. The grant will support the activation of new STEM badges and help launch of Girl Scout Family STEM Nights in fall 2019.
Girls Who Code encourages young women to complete a college‐level computer science education and gain employable skills. The Foundation’s grant supports infrastructure, training, operations and materials to launch 500 GirlWhoCode clubs nationwide and help ~6,000 girls.
Hack The Hood offers mentorship, culturally-relevant knowledge, and skills to young people of color to pursue careers in tech and become creators of change in their communities.
The Foundation enables intensive, hands-on technology training and supports the development of best practices around training methods and curriculum.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation identifies, inspires, prepares, positions and connects Latinos in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.
The Foundation supports Coding as a Second Language boot camps — introducing youth to computer programming and making technical training and careers accessible to women and underrepresented minorities. The Foundation has also partnered with HHF to deliver LOFT coders summit at Stanford University and at the Infosys offices in Richardson, TX and Phoenix, AZ.
Level Playing Field Institute provides a continuum of STEM education programs, from middle school through college enrollment, for under-represented students, students of color, low-income students, and first generation students.
The Foundation supports hackathons, Platform Summit conference, and Fairness Matters Forum to explore issues around access in tech and science.
Maker Education Initiative supports and empowers educators and communities, particularly, those in underserved areas, to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth.
The Foundation supports Maker Ed workshops for educators and staff, with a long-term impact on thousands of students and youth.
MathAndCoding.org provides computer coding programs at over 18 libraries in several communities around the San Francisco Bay Area. Their 20+ motivated high school volunteers have taught programming to over 1,250 children in classes organized across these libraries.
The Foundation is supporting the purchase of laptop to enable coding classes to 500+ children and the upgrade of CodingFarmers board game to target younger children (6-10 years old).
The New York Academy of Sciences [NYAS] is committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817.
With support from Infosys Foundation USA, the NYAS will create a specialized version of NeXXt Scholars for undergraduate women studying in the United States with an interest in CS. This three-year virtual program will include layered mentorship, 35 hours of online programming, and access to educational resources, career guidance and opportunities, and a network of peers. This Infosys NeXXt Scholars Program will establish a pipeline for 900 young women to pursue CS studies and careers and involve 400 virtual mentors from around the world.
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is a public, PreK-12 school district that unites its students, teachers, staff, and parents to deliver a collective vision. PAUSD has over 280 students with special needs across their middle school programs.
The Foundation is supporting PAUSD Department of Special Education’s summer computer coding classes for students with disabilities to improve their technology skills & expose them to new software, computing, engineering and making skills.
ScriptEd equips students in under-resourced schools with coding classes and professional experiences to create access to tech careers.
The Foundation USA is helping to expand a tuition-free, year-long curricular program to 5 new high-poverty schools in New York.
Stanford University is dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
The Foundation supported The Logic in Secondary Education initiative at the Department of Computer Science to more broadly introduce logic in secondary education curriculum.
Founded in 1990, Teach For America (TFA) has become the largest and most diverse education leadership provider in the country. Their network includes over 60,000 leaders working at every level of the education system across 51 urban and rural regions – including over 23,000 active K-12 teachers. Their mission is to ﬁnd and develop a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector that shapes the broader education system.
The Foundation’s grant to TFA will help to launch and scale three interrelated pilots to expand and provide training, professional development and resources to teachers in high-poverty schools to help them integrate computational thinking across grade levels and subject areas.
Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) is a NYC-based non-profit education organization that teaches computational thinking and technology to students aged 7-21 who learn differently. TKU’s mission is to open up the field of technology to students with disabilities and to help them become the techies of tomorrow. Through emphasizing work-based learning and social and emotional learning, TKU’s programs empower and inspire the next generation of digital natives to learn, create, develop and share the tools of technology and computer science thinking in a supportive and individualized environment.
In keeping with mission of CS4All, the Foundation supports TKU during CSEdWeek when they host a hack-a-thon, ‘Celebration of Coding for Special Needs Students’ for every type of learner – age 17 -21- to engage with computer science learning. TKU is the only technology education program in the NYC area set up to accommodate these students and this is the third year the Foundation has supported the organization in its mission to promote diversity and inclusion in the CS classroom.
Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Led by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin, TxGCP provides forums, curriculum, best practices and resources to foster collaborations, build capacity of participating organizations, and create a state-wide network of informed and connected informal and formal STEM educators and advocates.
In early 2017, TxGCP will offer a High School Robotics Day Camp to female students who have little to no experience with robotics. Students will build and program their robot and learn how to incorporate multiple sensors in their design through a variety of creative open-ended challenges.
Yes We Code is a Dream Corps initiative that works with partners to help connect 100,000 underrepresented minorities to careers in technology.
In early 2017, #YesWeCode plans to host a 24 hour hackathon called Hack For Detroit for young, black men where groups of 4-6 individuals will isolate one area of concern or improvement that they would like to see change in Detroit.
DonorsChoose is a crowd-funding platform designed to support anyone to help public school students and teachers in need.
The Foundation works with Donorschoose to support several crowd-sourced initiatives in high poverty US schools to fund new classroom technology, supplies for maker projects, and CS training for teachers under the umbrella of our Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally.
CSforALL is the national hub for the Computer Science for All movement that works to make high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers. Founded initially as CSNYC to establish K-12 CS education as a citywide priority for New York City, the CSforALL Consortium was launched at the White House in 2016 to help connect and expand the national CSforALL movement. Today, in partnership with nearly 500 member organizations, they support local implementation, build the knowledge base and connect research to practice, and grow the movement nationally to include all potential stakeholders.
The Foundation funds support the building of a web portal for the collection, tracking, and sharing of school district data through the SCRIPT – Strategic CSforAll Resource & Implementation Tool — a framework developed by CSforALL to guide teams of K-12 district administrators, school leaders, and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to create CS education implementation plans that will serve all students.
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is the leading association for K-12 computer science teachers that puts teacher needs at the forefront, shares best practices in K-12 computer science education; builds the largest teacher-led computer science professional development event in the world each year and also supports the development of courses and tools for K-12 teachers.
The Foundation supports the ‘CS Teaching Excellence Awards’ which remains the only award that recognizes K-12/Pre-University computer science teachers specifically for their outstanding contributions in the classroom; supports CSTA chapter capacity building nationally and contributes to the advancement of a Computer Science Honors Society.
Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) focuses on ensuring equitable access to computer science across Rhode Island.
The Foundation provides support for Computer Science Education Implementation Grants (District Grants) to Rhode Island school districts – with a focus on both need (e.g. Title 1) and commitment to CS. The vision is to support the establishment of high quality CS education pathways that are comprehensive K-12 grade across the state.
Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) believes that children can develop a STEM mindset by engaging first-hand problem solving. BADM served 3,400 K-5 students from Title 1 schools and underserved communities across the Bay area in the 2019-2020 school year.
The Foundation supported their ‘Try It Truck’ program which provides a unique approach to building children’s STEM interest and skills, and supporting educators in delivering STEM content and increase awareness of the importance of early STEM education by bringing creative high-quality design challenges, engineering practices, and resources directly to children ages 4-10, parents, and educators at schools, local libraries, and community sites. An event was delivered at the Infosys Palo Alto office that engaged the community and Infosys employees in this effort to promote maker education and empowerment of children.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford (BGCH) is the founding organization of the National Boys & Girls Clubs movement in 1860. Today GGCH continues to be in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances.
The Foundation is supporting the design and delivery of a STEM Makerspace at the Asylum Hill for youth to create, tinker, explore, discover and invent using a variety of tools & materials. This will include the planning of diverse & inclusive programming in the STEM Makerspace for children who use the BGCH thru partnership ship with the Digital Harbor Foundation who will help the BGCH scope an appropriate STEM maker space and Drexel University’s ExCITE Center whose expertise will help ensure that the makerspace and its programming is culturally relevant and inclusive to the Hartford, CT community it will serve.
Girls For Technology is a Hartford, CT based non-profit committed to changing the future of science, technology, engineering, and math professions by inspiring and equipping girls of all backgrounds to pursue these fields. They support a number of after-school programs, weekend math and scienc programs, as well as robotics workshops for girls 11 -17 during the academic year.
The Foundation’s funds will support the ‘Spark Hart’ weekend hack-a-thon during CSEd Week 2019 and two technology career days in spring 2020 for underrepresented youth, with the goal of helping them pursue disciplines and careers in computer science or science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM.
PENCIL is a NYC-based nonprofit founded in 1995 with the goal of raising awareness about public education by inviting civic and business leaders into New York City public schools and “to connect students to success.”
The Foundation gave PENCIL a grant to carry out an “The Infy App Challenge” for NYC High School students during the 2019-20 school year. This program will connect volunteers with student teams within 10 public high schools in NYC and guide them thru a competition to create working apps that improve the lives of New Yorkers. This program will equip students grade 9 -12 with access to mentors, technical skills and opportunities that can support their exploration and pursuit of careers in the technology industry.
The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an AP Computer Science Principles course, endorsed by the College Board, and supported through NSF-funded projects at North Carolina State University, UC Berkeley, and the Education Development Center. It is an introductory computer science curriculum for high school students to get a broad perspective of computing and its impacts. This PD is offered at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally
BJC is designed to attract diverse students, including females and underrepresented minorities, by emphasizing the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and with critical reflection on the impacts of new computing technology. Through BJC, students will learn about core programming concepts, big data, internet foundations, as well as abstraction, creativity, and social implications of computing.
Code/Interactive (C/I) provides districts, schools and teachers with curriculum, tools, training, and ongoing support necessary to implement K-12 computer science courses.
Through a matching funds grant and partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the Foundation matched funds towards professional development on ECS curriculum (facilitated by Code/Interactive) for 23 teachers in 2016, all of whom teach at high poverty schools located in Connecticut and New York.
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is an introductory year-long high school computer science (CS) course focused on foundational CS concepts and computational practices. ECS is committed to democratizing CS knowledge by increasing learning opportunities and access for traditionally underrepresented students.
The Foundation enabled 90 teachers from underrepresented schools across 25 US states to attend free ECS professional development at CSPDweek in August 2016.
The National Center for Computer Science Education and the College of St. Scholastica are a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally where they provide the ‘Mobile CSP’. This curriculum is designed to engage students and teachers in learning the principles of computer science through building socially useful mobile apps - reaching students where they live, on their mobile devices. Teachers will also learn and practice inclusive and effective strategies for creating a classroom environment where all students can learn computer science. The Mobile CSP curriculum is endorsed by the College Board for the AP Computer Science Principles course, which was the largest launch of an AP course in history. Over 600 teachers and 10,000 students throughout the U.S. are engaged in Mobile CSP.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.”
The Foundation partnered with NSF to define an end-to-end approach to CS education, developing new evidence-based curricula along with sustainable funding mechanisms to ensure teachers are trained effectively in computer science instruction.
100kin10 is a networked effort of 200+ partners working to support STEM educators and to train 100000 excellent new STEM teachers by 2021.
The Foundation became a member of this network in 2019 and is committed to advancing this national STEM goal thru its investment in K-12 teachers at the Pathfinders Institute which helps empower them to bring computer science and maker education to the classroom.
Chibitronics is a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally. Chibitronics provides a workshop which blends papercraft, circuits, and coding using their Love to Code kit. Participants learn to build expressive circuits on paper with easy to use peel and stick electronic modules (LED stickers), copper tape, and a variety of art and craft materials. Takeaways include paper electronics concepts and skills, an introduction to microcontroller programming, examples of classroom projects, discussion of how blended art and engineering approaches can be applied in classrooms across disciplines, and support in developing a classroom activity of their own.
NextechIndiana’s Code.org Regional Partner, is a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted annual Pathfinders Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington. Nextech offers the Code.org Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) course which is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data and inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
The Development Technologies Research Group (DevTech) at Tufs University aims to understand how new technologies that engage in coding, robotics and making, can play a positive role in children’s development and learning. DevTech is a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally. They teach ‘Coding as a Playground’ which combines ScratchJr and KIBO robotics which are designed for teachers working with young children K-2 who are interested in integrating computer science (CS), computational thinking (CT) and robotics into their early childhood classrooms with a playful developmentally appropriate approach.
Mouse is a national youth development non-profit that believes in technology as a force for good. They aim to empower all youth and educators to engage with computer science and creative technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world thru the design of computer science and STEM curriculum on their online learning platform, thru the training of K-12 educators, and by engaging students through Mouse Design League program and events at the Mouse Creative Computing Lab. Mouse is a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institution where they provide a ‘Computational Making’ course which prepares middle and high school educators to teach critical and creative thinking through hands-on problem-solving activities.
Firia Labs is a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally. They deliver curriculum – ‘Python & Physical Computing with CodeSpace’ which demonstrates how physical computing can level-up the engagement of students in the classroom. CodeSpace takes students away from block-based programming into the world of text through the use of: open-ended physical hardware which is used to implement meaningful projects; open-ended software and the integration of development tools with instructional content and Python, which is the fastest growing major programming language used in the computer science space.
KISS Institute for Practical Robotics is a PD Provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally. KISS delivers the ‘Junior Botball Challenge’ which is a computer science-focused education program that provides reusable robotics equipment, standards aligned curriculum and professional development for elementary and middle school educators (K-8) to enable them to teach their students computer science and computational thinking concepts coupled with real-life applications of the engineering design process. The inquiry-based curriculum is aligned to Common Core math, Next Generation Science and CSTA standards and vertically aligned to concepts and skills in middle and high school. It is currently being successfully implemented in over 900 elementary schools with a focus on education and impacting all of the students in the classroom or extracurricular club or camp.
Maker Educator Collective is a network of committed educators working with K-12 students and teachers with the aim of supporting the integration of maker education principles and philosophies into core curriculum. They are a PD Provider at the Infosys Foundation-hosted Pathfinders Institute where they deliver their ‘Bootcamp’ curriculum. They seek to develop the skills of educators who want to incorporate ‘making as pedagogy.’ Sessions provide teachers skills and model lessons using hands-on engineering and design challenges, digital manufacturing, microcontrollers and electronics and a variety of other inexpensive low- and high-tech materials and equipment.
Project Invent is a design thinking and innovation program for students wanting to build a better world. They are a PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally where they deliver the ‘Making & Coding for Social Good’ curriculum. Teachers will be inspired to develop solutions like a smart wallet that helps the blind detect bill denominations to a steering wheel attachment that prevents drowsy driving. The curriculum uses Arduino as a platform for programming and building inventions, and includes an introduction
MicroBlocks is PD provider at the Infosys Foundation USA –hosted Pathfinders Institute for K-12 teachers nationally where they deliver the ‘Physical Computing with the BBC micro:bit’ course. This hands-on workshop takes a deep dive into the practice of physical computing in the classroom and is organized around a set of physical computing building blocks such as buttons, animation, sensing, light, motion, and music. Each topic is introduced with a simple, classroom-ready starter activity and a list of ideas for exploration and also includes troubleshooting techniques that show teachers how to draw student attention to deeper scientific and computational ideas in the context of engaging and generative activities.
University of Rhode Island (URI) is a PD provider, and co-host of the Pathfinders Winter Institute. URI is the regional partner of Code.org in the State of Rhode Island. They provide the Code.org Computer Science (CS) Fundamentals course for K-5 teachers that fosters creativity and teaches students critical thinking skills to help them become proactive learners. It also helps teachers integrate Code.org CS Fundamentals material into the curriculum and classroom experiences that they already deliver to their students. The material is flexibly designed for teachers new to CS who want to offer accessible and equitable introductory CS courses to their students as part of their classroom schedule, or as a weekly lab or library time, or as supporting lessons for math and language arts, or to make creative projects.
CS Awesome is an Advanced Placement CS A curriculum equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science that is offered at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute by the National Center for Computer Science Education (NCCSE). The course emphasizes both imperative and object-oriented design and problem solving using Java, covering fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. It introduces teachers to the curriculum and teacher lesson plans as well as inclusive teaching practices to recruit and retain underrepresented students in computing. The CS Awesome curriculum is available for free on Runestone Academy, an interactive e-book platform with many hands-on activities, sample AP questions, and programming challenges.
Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics & Computer has partnered with the Foundation to provide an ‘Art in Motion’ course at the Infosys Foundation USA-hosted Pathfinders Institute. This project-based curriculum is designed to authentically integrate computer science into art classes. This program helps students, who don’t normally see themselves as part of the computer science pipeline, broaden their view of themselves as potential coders.