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

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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.

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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 Kant, Chairman of North
America, TCS. "TCS goIT brings tremendous value to students and schools by
introducing technology, design thinking, problem solving, and career readiness
into classrooms. By partnering with the Wyoming Department of Education and
Department of Workforce Services, goIT is positively impacting students across
the state."

"Access to STEM education is critically important for our young people in
Wyoming," said Robin Sessions Cooley, Director, Wyoming Department of
Workforce Services. "We know over the next ten years STEM jobs are projected
to grow at more than double the rate of non-STEM occupations, and STEM jobs
have higher wage potential. Competitions like goIT give our students a chance
to gain valuable experience in both STEM and computer science, and we're proud
to be a partner in this event."   

TCS and the WDE hope to expand the program to reach students from 20 districts
across the state by the spring of 2021. Laurel Ballard, Wyoming's State Leader
for Teacher Resources and CS Education Champion said, "Wyoming is investing
heavily in computer science resources; however, students first need to have an
interest in the subject. CS education can be daunting for both students and
teachers, and goIT has created a program that makes learning accessible and
relevant to the real world. This type of learning has enabled our students to
understand how CS relates to their interests so they can continue deepening
their knowledge of the subject."

Parents and teachers interested in goIT are encouraged to join the goIT
Monthly Challenge, during which students from across North America are
challenged to come up with a digital innovation that aligns with the specific
United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal chosen for that month. To learn
more about goIT, the goIT Monthly Challenge, and the ways in which parents and
educators can get involved, visit the goIT website at
https://programs.tcsempowers.com/us/goIT/monthly-challenge.

Parents, guardians, teachers, and the public have been invited to tune into
the goIT Virtual Showcase via a live stream on YouTube from 10:00 AM – 12:30
PM MST on October 17. To register for the event, go to
http://bit.ly/Wyoshowcase2020.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions
organization that has been partnering with many of the world's largest
businesses in their transformation journeys for over 50 years. TCS offers a
consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business,
technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through
its unique Location Independent Agile™ delivery model, recognized as a
benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS
has over 453,000 of the world's best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The
company generated consolidated revenues of US $22 billion in the fiscal year
ended March 31, 2020, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock
Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive
stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the
world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the
FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS
global news, follow @TCS_News.

TCS media contacts:

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