Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide in America, is known to have launched its inaugural Infy Maker Awards program. The program is part of an ongoing commitment from Infosys Foundation USA to spark the spirit of making in everyday learning and to celebrate makers of all ages across the United States who demonstrates creative excellence.
Talking on the latest initiative, Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA, said, “The future is – and always has been – invented by those who can make. Making is a foundational skill that all students must acquire. Both computer programming and making are experiential in nature and build key skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and more. With the Infy Maker Awards, we want to empower today’s makers, at schools and in communities across the U.S., to inspire the next generation of inventors.”
Infosys Foundation USA will award 50 US$ 10,000 Makerspace grants to schools, libraries and other community organizations.
As part of these grants, Infosys Foundation USA will also partner with Maker Ed, a non-profit organization supporting educators and communities, to provide training and support to one hundred teachers and instructors from grantee organizations across the U.S. These leaders will become Infosys-Certified Maker Educators and support the Makerspaces.
Warren ‘Trey’ Lathe, Director of Maker Ed, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Infosys Foundation USA to bring the magic of making to communities everywhere. At a time when creating, making and trying things out aren’t just educational, but also exciting, we are partnering with Infosys to further our mission to make every child – and parent – a maker.”
A panel of distinguished technology, academic and community leaders will evaluate and award the winners. There will be three awards cycles stretching from September 2015 through June 2016. The cycles will begin on September 25, December 1 and March 1.