Hewlett Packard (HP) started an initiative in 2010 to assist with the core science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learnings that occur throughout the world. Their goal is to engage students to assist them with using computers to solve major social issues by improving their problem-solving capabilities. HP is doing great works through spreading this initiative to encourage students’ exploration of current knowledge and creating their own creative ideas to be applied to real world issues. Collaboration with other partners in Egypt, Africa, India provide motivated students with the opportunity to make a better future for themselves by enhancing their analytic and technical skills to build upon their personal knowledge preparing them for college-level learning experiences. Students learn about cloud computing concepts, particularly the virtualization aspect, and how cloud technology can be used to solve greater world issues. By connecting with similar STEM learning programs HP has been able to begin the process of bridging the gap between low-income students by giving them the ability to use webcams to perform video-conferencing, participate in webinars, and become connected to other online learners around the world (Hewlett Packard, 2010).
Hewlett Packard (2010). HP Catalyst Initiative. Referenced from http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2010-HP-Catalyst-Initiative.pdf