TCS and Wyoming Department of Education to Host Statewide goIT Digital Innovation Challenge for Middle School Innovators

    TCS and Wyoming Department of Education to Host Statewide goIT Digital
              Innovation Challenge for Middle School Innovators

Tata Consultancy Services Partnered with the Wyoming Department of Education
to Introduce 2,000+ Students to Design Thinking and Computer Science, Help
Them Use Technology to Solve Real-world Problems through goIT

PR Newswire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. and NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. and NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tata Consultancy
Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services,
consulting and business solutions organization, and the Wyoming Department of
Education (WDE), will co-host Wyoming's first statewide goIT Digital
Innovation Challenge, on October 17, bringing together top student teams from
three participating school districts to pitch their digital innovations and
compete against one another for the title of Wyoming goIT Champion.

Tata Consultancy Services.(PRNewsFoto/Tata Consultancy Services)
(PRNewsfoto/Tata Consultancy Services)

Guest speakers at the virtual event include Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming,
and Surya (Sury) Kant, Chairman of North America, TCS. Robin Cooley, Director
of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Laurel Ballard, the WDE's
State Leader for Teacher Resources and CS Education Champion, and Robert Kane,
U.S. Head, Life Sciences Industries, TCS, will make up the panel of judges,
and address the students on how important embracing technology and innovation
will be to their own careers and the future of Wyoming.

The event aligns with the Wyoming State Legislature's mandate that all schools
must integrate computer science (CS) into their curriculums by 2022. In 2018,
the Wyoming Department of Education addressed this need by launching a
partnership with TCS to bring its flagship STEM education program, goIT, to
all of Wyoming's middle school students.

goIT is a digital innovation education program that empowers students to
pursue careers in technology by engaging in standards-aligned, project-based
learning. Over the course of 12-20 hours, students learn about the importance
of CS and design thinking and are then challenged to ideate digital
innovations that solve or address community or world issues.

Founded in 2009, goIT has reached over 30,000 students in the US and Canada in
over 100 different cities and has engaged over 5,000 employee mentors. In
recent years, goIT has also expanded globally – and has now reached 22
countries and benefited over 75,000 students.

The Wyoming goIT program was piloted with Johnson County #1 School District
and reached over 300 students from Clear Creek and Kaycee Middle Schools. In
the second year of partnership, goIT expanded to three of the five planned
districts prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, impacting roughly 2,000 students from
seven different schools and challenging them to ideate apps that would attract
residents to the state, either by highlighting the unique opportunities to be
found living in Wyoming, or addressing some of the issues that students feel
drive residents away. Employees from TCS and the Wyoming Department of
Workforce Services have also volunteered their time to mentor students through
the program.

"TCS believes in empowering people and communities by connecting them to
opportunities in the digital economy," said Surya