October 11, 2021
Today is the International Day of the Girl and Infosys Foundation USA is celebrating and honoring the girls and young women around the world who are using digital technology to create a world that is kinder, more inclusive, and more equitable. This year’s theme, Digital Generation. Our Generation. recognizes how young women are utilizing their skills, experiences, and technology knowledge to express themselves, share their ideas and create solutions to pressing local and global challenges.
Infosys Foundation USA has supported such opportunities for young women through its efforts to expand access to computer science and maker education across the U.S. since 2015.
This year, we’re highlighting several amazing girls and women who are supporting or have participated in programs from three Infy Maker Awards Winners. Organizations receiving an Infy Maker Award each receive $10,000 and professional development support to grow the work that they are doing in maker education. The videos below showcase the ways that students, educators, and siblings are making together to pursue their interests in technology and inspire others to explore their own interests in this area.
Gizmo-CDA (Coeur d'Alene, ID)
Gizmo-CDA is a community-driven, non-profit makerspace. This past summer, Gizmo engaged a group of local middle school girls in designing and building a mobile makerspace which will travel throughout areas of rural North Idaho to broaden access to maker learning.
The Big-Brained Superheroes Club (Seattle, WA)
The Big-Brained Superheroes Club is an after-school program at Yesler Community Center which works with local immigrant and refugee youth to build valuable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). The Club is on a mission to tap into the hidden strengths that live within all young people, such as kindness and critical thinking, through the exploration of these fields.
Komarek School District 94 (North Riverside, IL)
Teachers at Komarek School District 94 are creating themed Maker backpacks for students to pick up and take home, allowing them to explore different subjects, topics, and skills each week at their own pace.