HP to fund innovative projects for teachers, students

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HP along with the International Society for Technology in Education has organised a three day long first ever “HP Catalyst Summit” in New Delhi. The international summit aims to accelerate collaboration and the success of the funded projects. The summit is strategically located in India to encourage dialog and collaboration between the Catalyst delegates and education experts/leaders in India.

Expanding its commitment to education, HP also announced plans to initially invest US$1 million in support of a new Education Innovation Challenge Fund for India, led by a consortium of leading education organizations in India. The fund will grant public and private (not-for-profit) education institutions the opportunity to pursue novel approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning for the 21st century. Madhav Chavan, CEO and President of Pratham Education Foundation, Ashok Kamath, Chairman of Akshara Foundation, and Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Education Initiatives, are serving in an advisory role as the fund gets established at an independent non-governmental organization (NGO).

The goal is to operationalize the fund by August 2011 and encourage other private sector organisations to support and promote innovations in STEM education through similar donations of cash, equipment and expertise. “HP is committed to empowering students and teachers globally improve the models of STEM education and enable them to address some of the bigger social challenges around the world and in their communities. The Education Innovation Challenge Fund is meant to motivate institutions and students to think out-of-the-box for solutions and ideas that are both collaborative and creative in furthering STEM education in India,” said Jeannette Weisschuh, Director of Global Education Programs, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP.

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The summit is focusing on topics such as the effective use of tablet PCs for teaching and learning, cloud computing in education and converting textbooks into a social media platforms for conversations and assessment. Agastya International Foundation will also be conducting a hands-on mobile science learning event to families and students in Delhi. Outcomes of the HP Catalyst Summit will be captured in a special report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The HP Catalyst Summit builds on previously announced education initiatives in India such the HP Lab-in-Box in 2011 and BASE Sankya Learning Laboratory.

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