Verizon has a long history of supporting quality educational resources and programs.
We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Below you'll find just a few examples of how we're working to reach our goals. Please also visit the Verizon Foundationto learn more.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back!
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is helping Verizon to encourage students nationwide to organize their teams and submit their cool app ideas now. Absolutely no coding or technology skills are necessary to win. [ Learn More ]
The deadline for submission is November 24, 2015, and the winners will be named in January 2016.
Powerful Answers Awards - Education
On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in education were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:
Sesame Enable ($1 Million Winner) - Based in Israel, this company has developed touch-free smartphone and tablet technology for children and adults for whom touch is not possible. According to Sesame Enable, of the 5.6 million paralyzed people in the U.S., 150,000 are children who cannot move their hands. The technology integrates with games and applications and allows those children access to educational opportunities previously inaccessible to them.
Books that Grow ($250,000 Winner) - A learning acceleration program, featuring Common Core-aligned, downloadable eBooks that adapt to each user’s reading ability.
School Yourself ($250,000 Winner) - A platform for scalable, personalized education courses that provide a suite of authoring and analytics tools for interactive lessons specific to each student’s needs.
Students From Two Miami Schools Move on in Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Students from Shenandoah Middle School and the iTECH Academy at Miami Springs Senior High have earned “Best In State” and "Best in Region" honors in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. They move on to the contest’s final phase in which eight “Best In Nation” winners will earn an additional $15,000 cash grant. Each winning team member also will receive a wireless tablet from Samsung. In addition, MIT App Inventor Master Trainers from the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab will train the top teams on coding and app development. Students also will be invited to present their app ideas in person at the National TSA Conference in Dallas, courtesy of Verizon.
iTECH Miami Springs students (pictured above, left) developed “Quick Scholar.” The app helps students, parents, and advisers create a personalized student profile to quickly sift through scholarships on the Web. The app then identifies the best scholarships and grants that match that student’s unique metadata.
The Shenandoah students (pictured above, right) developed a concept for the “My School Bus Tracker” application. With Miami’s especially unpredictable weather and traffic, the app will help students and/or parents use their wireless phones track the location of their specific school bus.
Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 4 Florida Schools
The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The winners are among 80 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. Four Florida public schools received a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for their creative STEM programs:
Bay Point Middle School, St. Petersburg
Just for Girls Academy, Bradenton
Miami Jackson Senior High School, Miami
Hamilton Elementary, Sanford
Verizon Foundation Supports Miami Jackson High AgTech Program
Miami Jackson High School students will learn new ways to use S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum in agriculture and food production with the help of a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. Jackson is one of 80 schools in the nation to win funds from the $1.6 million Verizon Innovate Learning grant program targeting schools underserved in S.T.E.M. resources. The school's ag-tech area includes growing beds of lettuce, mint and lemon grass, as well as grassy pens for roosters, ducks, rabbits and other creatures. The funding will help replace the leaking tilapia pool, as well as boost various aspects of the program and facilities. [ Learn More ]
Frameworks of Tampa Bay
On November 6, Verizon presented a $15,000 foundation grant to Frameworks of Tampa Bay. Frameworks mission is to teach youth to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions for academic, career and personal success. Funding will support the Frameworks curriculum at Van Buren Middle School to increase students' social and emotional learning (SEL) skills by targeting three critical areas: resistance skills, personal-self-management skills, and general social skills with information relevant to important life challenges that youth face. Using culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate language and content, Frameworks will build protective factors against drug and alcohol use, aggressive behavior, and domestic/dating violence situations.
Girls Who Code
40 South Florida high school students recently celebrated their graduation from the Girls Who Code computer science summer immersion program. They successfully completed the seven-week program which focused on closing the technology gender gap by inspiring girls to pursue education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The Miami-based program was funded by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with Girls Who Code. Verizon Foundation president Rose Stuckey Kirk, was the keynote speaker at the graduation event and surprised all 40 of the graduates with laptop computers provided by Samsung. Congratulations to all of the graduates!
Pinellas Education Foundation
The Verizon Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to thePinellas Education Foundation. The funding will also support Enterprise Village, where students establish an understanding of the free-enterprise system. Over 13,000 students each year participate in this 6 week classroom curriculum and day at Enterprise Village.
Pictured (L to R): Verizon's Terrance Herring and Sam Satin; State Senator Jeff Brandes; and Cathy Collins - Chair of the Pinellas County Education Foundation Board of Directors.
Verizon Supports Girls in STEM
Women are hugely outnumbered in engineering and computing jobs. In fact, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. As a technology company, we recognize the enormous contributions women make in STEM fields, and the importance of encouraging of love of science, technology, engineering and math, at an early age. [ Learn More ]
Girls Who Code - Miami: Police Explorers App
Meet Marie, who participated in Girls Who Code's summer-long computer science introductory camp in Miami. She worked with her team to help develop an app for a school club to share information and stay in contact and now wants to major in computer science. [ Learn More ]
Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom
Verizon is working with more than 200 teachers in 24 schools to provide the training they need to more effectively integrate mobile technology in their classrooms. See how students are benefiting and thriving.
Powerful Answers - TinyTap
TinyTap - A growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.