by Infosys Foundation USA | December 05, 2022
The Foundation is proud to help sponsor the Dec 5th launch of the CT Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge. The annual ‘Coding for Good’ competition invites CT students to code an application that solves a societal challenge.
This year, the Foundation has doubled down in our commitment to reach all pockets of the state by funding one of our curriculum partners, CodeJoy, to provide six months of educator PD, student engagement and mentoring moments to help them feel inspired to ‘lean into’ this transformative state-wide challenge. The Foundation will also host the Recognition Event in June 2023 at the Infosys hub in Hartford, CT, where the awards will be given. Read more here and spread the word to any K-12 CT educators and students who may be interested.
In the spirit of #CelebratingProgress, we're proud to announces the launch of the 'Digital Empowerment for Your Future' course on our digital learning platform, the Pathfinders Online Institute, from one of our tried and true partners, Tech Kids Unlimited.
This course was designed by and for neurodiverse students, providing tips to engage in online spaces safely and meaningfully. Presented in a format that allows the content to be easily taught by K-12 educators, this course shows how far we have come to tackle previously perceived barriers in the pursuit of achieving computer science education access for all. Please create an account on the Pathfinders Online Institute to access this innovative and inclusive course here.
In recognition of #CSEdWeek, the Foundation is excited to share a new course with tailored content for educators of every grade to engage students in career conversations about computer science. 'Visualize Careers in IT' produced by our partner, Learning Blade, includes guidance about careers in computer programming, data science and many more. Access this content by creating an account on the Pathfinders Online Institute.
To supplement this course, we've received help from our gracious partners from Learning Blade and Million Women Mentors in producing the 'Women in CS' video series from women leaders, including four distinguished leaders from Infosys. These videos were curated to encourage young girls to engage in computer science. A gracious thank you to Lopa Mahapatra, Raje Ganesan, Kavitha Ganesh, and Jayashree Sridharan for sharing professional insights about their own professional journeys. Share one of these videos with girls in your K-12 classrooms or at home.
The Foundation is proud to announce the following new courses on the Pathfinders Online Institute.
Two new courses from our partners at Science Buddies: ‘Build an Arduino Mini-Drone’ let’s students build and program a simple drone, and ‘Build an Arduino Self-Driving Car' guides students to program and build an autonomous car. Both courses contain step-by-step materials for teachers to teach easily.
The newly released 'Cyber A.C.E.S.' course from Palo Alto Networks is designed to help educators equip students ages 5 to 15 with the resources to have safer online experiences, become good digital citizens, and protect their digital future.
The dynamic Accelerator course from CSforALL will assist high-need communities in their progress towards fundamental standards-aligned CS education.
While we are #CelebratingProgress, we must first celebrate the people who have helped us get to where we are today, and those helping shape where we are headed tomorrow. The Foundation would like to thank all our partners, colleagues and educators who have supported our mission of expanding computer science education access for all. Onward!