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Cognizant's Making the Future education initiative is designed to ignite in children a passion for science and technology.

Cognizant's Making the Future education initiative is designed to ignite in children a passion for science and technology.

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  • 1. ••STEM Initiative STEM InitiativeMaking the Future the FutureInspiring children with the joy of learning. children with the joy of learning. In a speech to the National Academy of Sciences, In a speech to the National Academy of Sciences, ••The competitive and innovative capacity of of the The competitive and innovative capacity the President Obama put out aa call to “think about President Obama put out call to “think about U.S. economy. U.S. economy. new and creative ways to engage young people in new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering, like science festivals, science and engineering, like science festivals, ••The prosperity and quality ofof life for future The prosperity and quality life for future robotics competitions, and fairs that encourage generations. generations. robotics competitions, and fairs that encourage young people to create, build, and invent – –to be young people to create, build, and invent to be Cognizant’s Making the Future program responds Cognizant’s Making the Future program responds makers of things, not just consumers of things.” makers of things, not just consumers of things.” to these challenges inin four major ways: to these challenges four major ways: Cognizant’s Making the Future education initiative Cognizant’s Making the Future education initiative 1. 1.Advocacy for changes inin the way we deliver Advocacy for changes the way we deliver seeks to do just that ––to inspire young learners to seeks to do just that to inspire young learners to STEM education, working with groups like the STEM education, working with groups like the pursue science, technology, engineering and pursue science, technology, engineering and Business Roundtable and Change the Business Roundtable and Change the math (STEM) disciplines by creating fun, hands-on math (STEM) disciplines by creating fun, hands-on Equation, a a CEO-led initiative (including Equation, CEO-led initiative (including learning opportunities. Just as Cognizant works learning opportunities. Just as Cognizant works Cognizant CEO Francisco D’Souza) toto cultivate Cognizant CEO Francisco D’Souza) cultivate with its customers to ignite the greater company with its customers to ignite the greater company widespread STEM literacy. within, Making the Futures mission is to spark widespread STEM literacy. within, Making the Futures mission is to spark creativity and unleash the passion of young people 2. Financial, in-kind and volunteer support for creativity and unleash the passion of young people 2. Financial, in-kind and volunteer support for in the STEM disciplines. Cognizant believes that nonprofit organizations that inspire children in the STEM disciplines. Cognizant believes that nonprofit organizations that inspire children fostering interest in STEM literacy along with through hands-on learning opportunities, such fostering interest in STEM literacy along with through hands-on learning opportunities, such developing 21st century skills like creativity, as the New York Hall of Science, Citizen developing 21st century skills like creativity, as the New York Hall of Science, Citizen innovation, and collaboration will create a Schools, and the Engineering is Elementary innovation, and collaboration will create a Schools, and the Engineering is Elementary brighter future for our children, while preparing program. brighter future for our children, while preparing program. them to be tomorrow’s leaders in our global them to be tomorrow’s leaders in our global 3. College scholarships for students interested in economy. 3. College scholarships for students interested in economy. pursuing STEM degrees. Making the Future was created in response to pursuing STEM degrees. Making the Future was created in response to 4. Our flagship program, the Making the Future three troubling trends in the U.S.: (1) a decline in three troubling trends in the U.S.: (1) a decline in 4. Our flagship program, the Making the Future measured math and science proficiency; (2) a After-School and Summer Program. measured math and science proficiency; (2) a After-School and Summer Program. decline in the number of young people entering certain STEM fields; andof young people entering decline in the number (3) perhaps most alarm- Making the Future is based on the foundational certain STEM in measured creativity in U.S. ing, a declinefields; and (3) perhaps most alarm- idea thatthe Future is based on the foundational Making hands-on, project- and design-based children. These in measured serious concerns ing, a decline factors create creativity in U.S. idea that hands-on, project- and design-based learning approaches are the most powerful way children. These factors create serious concerns among parents, educators, business leaders, and learning approaches are the most powerful to inspire young learners. These approaches: way policy parents, educators, business leaders, and among makers and pose three significant to inspire young learners. These approaches: challenges for our and pose three significant policy makers future: • Are consistent with the cognitive processes challenges for our future: •and learning styles the cognitive processes Are consistent with we attribute to the • The emerging and long-term shortages of a and learning styles we attribute to the millennial generation and younger children. • creative and STEM-proficient workforce. of a The emerging and long-term shortages millennial generation and younger children. creative and STEM-proficient workforce. making the future | august 2011 making the future | august 2011
  • 2. • “Pull” kids into STEM disciplines by generating of their choosing, ranging from electronic gadgets, interest and confidence, rather than “push” robots, and software programs to crafts, music, them to “do better in math and science.” or technology-enhanced clothing. Facilitators and mentors will support them through this experience• Spark creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, over the 20- to 40-hour program duration. and other 21st century learning skills. Cognizant plans to launch the program at 10 to• Draw support and inspiration from the 20 locations around the U.S. in the summer of growing Maker Movement, which, with its emphasis on hands-on, do-it-yourself projects, 2012, and grow the program nationwide over the provides a strong community and supporting next five years. Cognizant is interested in philosophy that inspires creative learning identifying community organizations, educators, and can appeal to both girls and boys across and Makers who might wish to apply for a grant a broad range of socio-economic back- to run a Making the Future program in their grounds. (See sidebar.) communities. For more information on Cognizant’s Making theMaking the Future After-School and Future program, please contact Mark Greenlaw,Summer Program Vice President of Sustainability and Educational Affairs, Cognizant, Mark.Greenlaw@Cognizant.com,The flagship Making the Future After-School and or email us at MakingtheFuture@cognizant.com.Summer Program is being designed in conjunctionwith the New York Hall of Science, Maker Faire The future is bright.and Make Magazine. Community-based organiza-tions, such as science and children’s museums, Today’s inspiration is tomorrow’swill run the programs nationwide. Children innovation.participating in the programs will make a project Let’s make the future.The Maker MovementMaking the Future is inspired by the growing Maker Movement, a culturethat celebrates the art of designing and building really cool things, eitherdoing it yourself (DIY) or with others (DIWO). This broad-based communityencompasses scientists, engineers, students, welders, software developers,circuit benders, musicians and crafters of all stripes – individuals andcommunities drawn together by a common delight in the magic of tinkering,creating and reusing materials and technology.This movement is inspiring children and adults to tackle hands-on projectsto solve everyday real-world problems, using readily available “off the shelf”materials and components. Makers are driven by the challenge and fun ofthe projects they tackle, while also engaging in design- and project-based learning that can nurturecreativity and innovation and develop interest and proficiency in the STEM disciplines.About CognizantCognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and businessprocess outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build strongerbusinesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for clientsatisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global,collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work.Visit us online at www.cognizant.com for more information. World Headquarters 500 Frank W. Burr Blvd. Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA Phone: +1 201 801 0233 Fax: +1 201 801 0243 Toll Free: +1 888 937 3277 Email: inquiry@cognizant.com© Copyright 2011, Cognizant. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by anymeans, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the express written permission from Cognizant. The information contained herein issubject to change without notice. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.