Maker Ed Partners with the Boy Scouts’ Exploring Program and Cognizant to Expand Opportunities for Making to Youth

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Maker Ed Partners with the Boy Scouts’ Exploring Program and Cognizant to Expand Opportunities for Making to Youth

Partnership will expand the reach and impact of Maker Ed’s Young Makers program. 

OAKLAND, CA, Oct. 7, 2016

Maker Ed is excited to announce a unique partnership with The Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring program and Cognizant to bring the Young Makers program to more youth across the country through Maker Exploring posts. The posts will be “maker clubs,” featuring hands-on, STEM-focused activities designed to foster creativity and problem-solving skills among youth. Initial launches in four pilot markets – Austin, Detroit, Chicago and San Diego – are planned for 2017.

The Young Makers program is a national program model that brings making into a variety of out-of-school learning environments. Maker Ed trains educators and mentors to work closely with youth in this context, where youth design and make a self-chosen, open-ended project, culminating in an opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event.

Maker Ed is thrilled to be supporting mentors working with Exploring clubs – a career education program for young men and women that aims to shape the workforce of tomorrow by engaging and mentoring today’s youth in career and life-enhancing opportunities. The program comes to life through Exploring posts that businesses and community organizations initiate by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue, grow and develop career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Cognizant, a leading global technology company and longtime supporter of Maker Ed, will sponsor each of the posts and engage employee volunteers to act as youth mentors to provide real-world perspectives into technology careers. Youth who develop projects at Maker Exploring posts will have opportunities to showcase their work at Maker Faires throughout the United States.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Boy Scouts’ Exploring program and Cognizant to bring hands-on making to youth across the nation,” said Warren (Trey) Lathe, Maker Ed’s Executive Director. “We’ve seen time and again the excitement and passion for learning that arises from youth’s involvement in making and we believe the Exploring program is an amazing partner for this work. We can’t wait to get started!”

About the Exploring Program

The Exploring program is available to youth through Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that provides character and career education programs through sponsoring agencies or groups. The Exploring Program is currently offered in nearly 5,000 units nationwide, serving over 110,000 young men and women. To learn more about Exploring and experience all that this program has to offer youth, business leaders and the community, visit www.exploring.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.4 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About Cognizant

Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide and approximately 244,300 employees as of June 30, 2016, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

About Maker Ed

Maker Ed is a nonprofit organization that provides educators with the training, resources, and community of support they need to facilitate engaging learning experiences with youth through maker education – a hands-on, youth-driven, and open-ended learning approach. Through this work, Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in both broadening access to and deepening the impact of maker education for youth. Maker Education Initiative is a project of the Tides Center (Maker Ed), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. For more information, visit MakerEd.org and follow @MakerEdOrg for updates.

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