BOSTON TEANECK, N.J. July 20, 2011 Cognizant
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The partnership with Citizen Schools is part of Cognizant’s "Making the Future" program, designed to improve education and learning around the world, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program was inspired by the growing Maker Movement, which is made up of children and adults who tackle hands-on projects to solve real-world problems using readily available materials and components. Makers are driven by the challenge and fun of the projects they tackle, yet are developing pragmatic STEM-related skills and other 21st century competencies.
With Citizen Schools, Cognizant employees will have the opportunity to create and teach "apprenticeships," 11-week hands-on learning courses for middle school students, drawing on existing Citizen Schools curricula or creating new courses based on project ideas from the Maker Movement.
Despite billions of dollars spent on education reform, students in the U.S. continue to play catch-up with other nations in the key disciplines necessary for tomorrow’s workforce. Among global developed nations, for instance, the U.S. ranks 15th in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in mathematics, according to the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment results published by the OECD.
On international comparisons of student achievement, the U.S. fares reasonably well among young students. But in the middle school years, the U.S. drops steadily within the list of industrialized countries, and by high school the gap widens sharply. For this reason, Citizen Schools is focused on providing middle school students, especially low-income students at higher risk of dropping out, with hands-on, engaging activities that create experiences of success and mastery, and inspire a zest for learning.
Funding for Citizen Schools is made through the Cognizant Technology Solutions Charitable Fund at the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program.
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