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White House Science Fair: Cognizant's Vice President of Sustainability and Educational Affairs Joins U.S. President Barack Obama in Support of STEM Education

Cognizant’s Mark Greenlaw, who is also the Program Director for the Company’s “Making the Future” education program, represented Cognizant at the annual White House Science Fair held on February 7, 2012.

Cognizant was invited to participate in the event as a result of the Company’s collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Change the Equation in improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. and preparing students for STEM-related careers.

Cognizant announced the launch of its first two Making the Future Afterschool and Summer Programs this month at the DreamYard Art Center in the Bronx, NY, and the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ. These programs are part of Cognizant’s Making the Future program, created in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science, Maker Faire, and the Maker Education Collaborative, and is designed to unleash the passion of young people in STEM disciplines by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities. 

The DreamYard program will feature hands-on “maker” projects blending STEM and the Arts for 12-14 year olds in the Morrisania neighborhood, a culturally and historically diverse area of New York City, and one of the most economically-disadvantaged communities in the nation.

The Newark Museum will provide a school time STEM apprenticeship for 9th and 10th graders from the Big Picture Learning High School in Newark, NJ. Cognizant is working with community organizations to bring the program to hundreds of communities across the U.S. over the next five years.