Edison, NJ - For the second year, Tata Consultancy Services’ flagship education program, goIT, partnered with the Edison Township and Housing Authority to provide a joint-partnership program called SWAG (Success, Workforce, Accountability, and Goals for the Future).
Students from the Housing Authority ideated and designed mobile apps that would solve or address issues that create barriers to sports, according to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) . After four weeks of goIT, students were invited to the TCS Edison office to present their apps to their peers, TCS associates, and a panel of judges.
Cancer Care, an app that would allow cancer patients to safely exercise and play sports during and after cancer treatment, won first place. Other ideas included Donation For Sports, an app that would allow low-income individuals to seek out low-cost or free sports equipment or coaching, and Rehab Finder, an app that would allow athletes to have more affordable access to rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Students this year are starting to see the impact of their experience in goIT, according to Kayla McIntosh, who participated in the program. “Now I know when I want to build an app next time, I know exactly what to do,” she said.
Several other students said they feel more confident after their goIT experience and presenting in front of judges.
Hosted by Tata Consultancy Services, the goIT program serves to address the growing skills gap in STEM fields and help students in middle and high school gain the skills and confidence to pursue STEM degrees. To date, goIT has reached over 25,000 students in 77 North American cities and 100 school districts across North America.
SWAG was created as a partnership between the Housing Authority and Edison Township to expose students to different types of careers. Last year, SWAG asked to partner with goIT to bring project-based STEM education programming to its students. Because of the program’s success, goIT came back to SWAG for another year of fall programming.
The students in this year’s program, who designed apps that would allow individuals who lack access to sports greater opportunity to participate in athletic activities, were guided by the director of SWAG, Michael Campbell. Mr. Campbell, a former Jets player, started working for Edison Township after an injury sidelined him from the game.
As a reward for their hard work, the students will get to go to the goIT Marathon App Contest on November 1, 2019, where they can support their winning team while she presents for the chance to be part of the TCS NYC Marathon festivities.