CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) and Sesame
Workshop, the nonprofit, educational organization behind Sesame
Street, today announced a partnership to encourage young children,
educators and parents to engage in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) learning. To support this effort, CA Technologies has
pledged $1,000,000 to Sesame Workshop.
Andrew Wittman, Chief Marketing Officer, CA Technologies, and Super
Grover 2.0, Sesame Workshop's STEM education superhero, team up to
promote STEM education. "Sesame Workshop"(R), "Sesame Street"(R), and
associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and
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Currently under development, the initiative will feature a free STEM hub
that is part of the Sesamestreet.org website with educational resources
for preschool children. Educators, parents, caregivers and kids will be
able to access STEM videos, interactive games, hands-on lesson plans and
activities that present STEM learning concepts in fun, creative and
engaging ways. Short promotional videos will encourage families to make
STEM learning part of their daily activities and reinforce the
importance of STEM education.
"CA Technologies is proud to partner with Sesame Workshop and support
the development of creative and interactive programs that engage
children in STEM learning," said Andrew Wittman, chief marketing
officer, CA Technologies. "Like our Sesame Workshop partners, we believe
all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Through this initiative, we are hoping to help young people discover an
interest in technology and consider educational opportunities and
careers in technical fields."
There are numerous facts
and statistics that indicate improved STEM education is a critical
need. Students in the United Sttes are falling behind their peers
globally in this area, and increases in STEM-related job openings are
becoming increasingly more difficult to fill. High-quality STEM
educational experiences prepare students to enter STEM-related fields,
and foster critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for
"Through early STEM education, we strive to help children develop
stronger critical thinking skills and a better understanding of how
things work to help prepare them for future learning," said Sherrie
Rollins Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer,
Sesame Workshop. "We're grateful to CA Technologies for supporting our
work on STEM education and helping us to reach more children with this
Last year, President Obama announced plans for a new, national corps to
recognize and reward leading STEM educators. Significant funding from
the existing Teacher Incentive Fund will be redirected to help school
districts implement plans to establish career ladders that identify,
develop and leverage highly effective STEM teachers.
Additionally, the administration also announced an ambitious goal of
preparing 100,000 additional STEM teachers over the next decade. This
program would provide competitive awards to create or expand
high-quality pathways to teacher certification and other innovative
approaches for recruiting, training and placing talented graduates and
professionals in STEM fields in high-need schools.
With the president's leadership, over 115 organizations, led by Carnegie
Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation, came together to form 100Kin10,
a STEM coalition to help reach this goal. Both CA Technologies and
Sesame Workshop participate in the 100Kin10 effort and are members of
Global Initiative's STEM education and Early Childhood Development
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that
revolutionized children's television programming with the landmark Sesame
Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs,
seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows including The
Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond
television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms
on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military
deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and
families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build
emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
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.
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