Thimble.io and Edufront’s Partnership for Accessible STEM Education Serves as a Model for Corporate Social Responsibility
What is Corporate Social Responsibility, and Why Should You Care?
School districts nationwide are incorporating social responsibility into their character, citizenship, and civics education programming. When these students hit college, however, this basic “social responsibility” lesson turns into Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR.
CSR is the idea that a corporation, business, organization, or entity has a social obligation to act in ways that benefit society as a whole. It means those organizations or companies must weigh their decisions carefully, and take actions that contribute to the well-being of society and the environment, rather than focusing solely on maximizing profits or personal gain. Acting in a socially responsible way as an organization means recognizing the impact that our actions have on others and taking steps to ensure that this impact is positive, rather than harmful.
Social responsibility can look like many things. It can look like moving from plastic to paper straws or removing single-use plastics. It can look like charitable giving or ethical business practices. It can look like sustainable practices and choices that put the good of many over unhindered profits.
Here at Thimble.io, we recognize that we are part of a larger community, beyond our HQ in New York. Beyond the schools in this nation. Beyond the borders of the United States. From sourcing components to reaching underserved students at home and abroad, we tend to take actions that reflect our commitment to creating a better world for everyone – and we believe that STEM and technology are paths to solving many problems, big and small.
But those problems will only be solved if STEM learning and technology education are provided to every student, everywhere.
Edufront and Thimble.io: Joining Forces to Certify 5 Million in STEM
Meet Edufront: An organization determined to transform education in India, one school at a time. On World Teacher’s Day- October 5th, 2022 – Thimble.io and Edufront kickstarted an epic journey to certify 5 million in STEM. In a school located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Thimble.io’s Creator Sets are helping the first cohort of students embark on their coding and robotics journeys. These sets, which have been carefully designed by Thimble.io, provide a comprehensive learning experience that includes online lessons, instructional videos, and hands-on activities that guide students through the process of building and programming a wide variety of projects. With Thimble.io’s Creator Sets, students have access to a wealth of educational materials that not only teach them about coding and robotics but also foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
This initiative with Edufront is not only epic for STEM education but a giant leap for Thimble.io’s central mission of bringing high-quality STEM education materials to traditionally underserved and/or marginalized student demographics. Founder & CEO of Thimble.io, Oscar Pedroso, puts significant emphasis on making his kits accessible to every student, regardless of their cultural identity, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Thimble.io has therefore gone to great lengths to build bridges and form relationships with organizations throughout America and across the globe to help fund the way into classrooms that would otherwise be unable to access HQIM in STEM.
From 2022-2027, Edufront and Thimble.io will work together to build labs and create projects to certify 5 million students in basic coding, robotics, engineering, and AI. In order to bring these instructional materials to some of the rural and semi-urban parts of India, Edufront, and Thimble.io are leaning into the non-profit power of Ashraya. Ashraya’s chairman, Satish Jha, recognizes that the strength of India lies in its people, and their ability to connect with the technologies that will shape the future. Ashraya is committed to supporting the unique opportunity that the Edufront/Thimble.io partnership provides for educational outcomes in India.
Combined Expertise for Cutting Edge Education; A Symbiotic Relationship
Thimble.io’s partnership with Edufront is a shining example of both companies’ commitment to corporate social responsibility. By working with Edufront to bring high-quality STEM education to schools across India, Thimble.io is making a significant impact on the lives of millions of students, and Edufront is making carefully curated STEM curriculum available to students who would otherwise not have had access.
Through their symbiotic relationship, Edufront is able to streamline administrative tasks and reclaim hours of classroom time for creative learning interventions, while Thimble.io is able to share its expertise and materials with a wider audience. Together, they are empowering the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers in India, and creating a brighter future for all.