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Sesame Street Muppets Discover The Fun in Stem: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

Funding from CA Technologies, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation Supports New Digital Destination – Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More

Submitted by: CA Technologies

Categories: Academia, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Sep 24, 2013 – 12:36 PM EST

 

NEW YORK, Sep. 24 /CSRwire/ - To make the most of early childhood experiences around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has received major support from CA Technologies and generous support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation, to create Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More.  The new digital destination features interactive Sesame Street games, engaging videos, and fun hands-on activities aimed to inspire young children, and the adults in their lives, to investigate and explore STEM concepts.

The objectives for Little Discoverers are as follows:

  • Engage and excite children in STEM learning through interactive Sesame Street games, videos and hands-on activities;
  • Provide educators with tools to help them integrate STEM concepts into their classrooms;
  • Give parents and caregivers resources to incorporate STEM concepts and language into their everyday moments with their children.

“Research shows that American students are consistently being outperformed in science and mathematics.[1] We need to engage children in STEM concepts early on to build the foundation necessary for success in school and beyond,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content for Sesame Workshop. “In Little Discoverers: Big Fun With Science, Math and More our lovable Sesame Street Muppets help children and the adults in their lives explore STEM through multimedia and hands-on experiences.  With this early introduction to science, technology, engineering, and math, we aim to nurture children’s curiosity about the world around them and inspire a life-long love of STEM learning.”

“CA Technologies is proud to partner with Sesame Workshop to support and promote STEM learning,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “With our $1 million pledge to Sesame Workshop to support the development of Little Discoverers, our goal is to help transform the lives of young people and encourage the development of future leaders in IT and all STEM fields.”

This destination encourages young children to explore six STEM topics:

  • Experiments
  • Sink or Float
  • Measurement
  • Force and Motion
  • Properties of Matter
  • Engineering

Little Discoverers provides engaging educational content for desktop and mobile devices:

  • Interactive games that provide children with opportunities to explore STEM concepts;
  • Sesame Street video segments to build background knowledge and excite children about STEM;
  • Educator materials with hands-on activity ideas that easily supplement existing curricula and programs;
  • Parent materials that offer ideas for families to explore STEM during everyday moments.

Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More, will promote interactive STEM learning and the importance of STEM education in early childhood through project distribution among the following three crucial groups: early-childhood educators, national organizations that promote and focus on STEM education, and community organizations reaching children and their caregivers.

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) provides IT management solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services.  Organizations leverage CA Technologies software and SaaS solutions to accelerate innovation, transform infrastructure and secure data and identities, from the data center to the cloud. Learn more about CA Technologies at www.ca.com.

About CA Together
CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s  Corporate Social Responsibility program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA Technologies does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others with a primary focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. CA Together activities encompass employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and wide-ranging partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide.

About the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation focuses its investments in two primary program areas, Education and the Environment, working with grantee organizations impacting California.  Engaging STEM education is an area of primary importance.

About the Heising-Simons Foundation
Established in 2007, the Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to sustainable, research-based solutions in education, science, environment, and policy. The Foundation’s education grantmaking aims to prepare children (ages birth through 8 years) for educational success, and has three primary areas of emphasis: (1) Promoting the development of math skills and interest in math in young children; (2) easing children’s transition into kindergarten; and (3) engaging families in young children’s learning and schooling.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

To access and share project assets, visit:http://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-room/stem

Visit Sesame Street at:

www.sesamestreet.org
www.facebook.com/SesameStreetInCommunities
Sesame Street on Facebook
Sesame Street on Twitter
The Sesame Street YouTube Channel

For more information, please contact:

Pam Hacker Sesame Workshop
Phone: 212.875.6225
Kelley Schultz CA Technologies
Phone: 646.826.6035
Website: www.ca.com

For more from this organization:

CA Technologies

 

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