goIT at Medora Elementary with
Best College Match Foundation
The Best College Match Foundation (BCMF) is a student-centered educational advancement program that focuses on youth grades 4 through 12 which has three components:
The Best College Match Foundation helps students prosper through the ideals of character, competence and confidence that is developed through a commit, learn, and do approach that meets each student where they are and provides the medium to grow success early and often.
Beginning in May of 2018, the BCMF partnered with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to offer the goIT program throughout the Greater Louisville area. Since beginning the Louisville program, BCMF has engaged more than 400 students, more than 50% of whom have been female and / or minority students in 12 schools and organizations. The result has been that 70% of goIT student participants report that they are more interested in the STEM fields as a possible career after having participated in goIT.
Originally designed by TCS for middle school students, the BCMF has taken the lead in developing age appropriate curriculum to expand the goIT program to include elementary students. This has provided programming exposure at an earlier age for students in the Greater Louisville Area.
These are some of the organizations that partner with TCS and BCMF to bring goIT to students.
The Best College Match Foundation (BCMF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of student exposure, education and achievement by collaborating with community partners to engage with, advocate for and boldly empower students, families and communities throughout the Louisville Metro area.
Consider becoming a partner with the BCMF 501(c)(3).
goIT is TCS’ signature community engagement program in North America that increases interest in STEM and Computer Science through design thinking, mobile app development, and mentorship from TCS employee volunteers.
Primarily focused toward middle school students underrepresented in computing fields, goIT offers a free and flexible program for schools, non-profits, and other youth-serving institutions to help students engage actively in computational thinking by using a student-driven exploration of community-centered issues.
Students work in teams to identify a problem, generate possible solutions, wireframe their prototypes, develop and test their mobile apps, and present their work to peers and judges. In turn, goIT participants are introduced to design thinking as a problem-solving framework, acquire critical thinking experience while troubleshooting designs, improve their ability to work in teams, and refine their communication skills through public presentations.
Each TCS volunteer completes extensive training, covering youth psychology, design thinking, educational systems, and tools for mobile app development to aid their preparation as a mentor.
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