Verizon has a long history of supporting quality educational resources and programs. We focus on preparing children to be successful; enabling teachers, parents and caregivers to help children learn; and educating adults so they are prepared to achieve their goals and contribute to their communities.
We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive solution leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In the section you'll discover just a few examples of our commitment to lifelong learning in Massachusetts.
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.
Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 7 Massachusetts Schools
The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The Verizon Foundation awarded a total of $220,000 to eleven schools/districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The winners are among 80 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. Schools here in the Bay State include:
Brockton High School: The Brockton STEM Innovation Project will better engage physics students through the use of mobile and other innovative technologies. Students will learn force, motion, and magnetism, using state-of-the-art instructional technology to result in deeper understanding of physics.
Chelsea Public Schools: The Chelsea Online Learning Network will provide online professional development in STEM subject areas to all educators in the district. By creating a collection of short, five-minute videos of the best practices, teachers will build upon each other's capacity to meet the needs of their students and to improve student achievement.
Garfield Elementary School, Revere: Lego My Robot will provide an after school enrichment opportunity to aspiring scientists in grades 3 – 5 to help students improve their critical thinking and STEM skills. Teachers will use a hands-on approach during a 10 week curriculum of Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots, and students will construct, program, and control their very own robot.
Kathryn P. Stoklosa Middle School, Lowell: The Verizon Learning Gardens will provide students and teachers with a place to put STEM learning into practice through meteorology, garden design, engineering, nutrition, and more. The gardens also will offer community engagement through family nutrition programs.
Lawrence High School: The Verizon Foundation is providing support for a robotics program where Lawrence High School students and an advisor will mentor younger students and build a STEM pathway for elementary and middle school students to better prepare them for high school.
Mario Umana Academy, East Boston: To deepen the commitment to strengthening the STEM focus with students, Umana Academy is implementing an engineering program utilizing BeeBots, KIBO and Lego WeDo robotics for students in grades K - 3. Students will participate in robotics events and competitions to create additional exciting learning opportunities.
Rogers STEM Academy, Lowell: With Verizon's help, STEM from the Start will teach STEM principles through innovative robotics and other unique hands-on learning. Some 390 young kids will have a grasp of today's STEM concepts and tools by age 7. The new K-2 STEM Academy will provide the foundation our kids need to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
Central Mass Business Expo
Verizon's Donna Cupelo discussed the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education as a key economic driver with Worcester Chamber CEO Tim Murray at the Central Mass Business Expo. She stressed the importance of engaging young learners - especially girls and young women - and providing support to tech start-ups to bring more energy and momentum to a sector that is growing increasingly important to the region.
Lawrence High School: STEM Mentoring Program
The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $15,000 grant to support a new after-school STEM Mentoring Program for 9th grader students at Lawrence High School. [ Learn More ]
Pictured (L to R): Bob West, NECC laboratory technician/safety officer; Martha Leavitt, NECC director of campus operations, administration ,and finance; Stephanie Lee, Verizon regional director of government affairs; Lane Glenn, NECC president; Jean Poth, NECC vice president of Institutional Advancement; and Michael Fiato, Lawrence High School head master.
Students from Westford Academy honored for Best in Nation Verizon Innovative App “Tactillium,” a 3-D chemistry lab simulator
The Verizon Foundation presented a $20,000 check to support STEM programming at Westford Academy as part of the "Best in Nation" distinction in the 2014 Verizon Innovation App Challenge.
Pictured left to right: Christine Berberich, New England Region President - Verizon Wireless; Anne Stowe, Westford Academy computer science teacher and faculty advisor; Winning student team members Kevin Zhang, Derek Feehrer, Michael Colavita, Michael Gillett, and Ryan Cole; Westford Academy Principal Jim Antonelli; State Representative Jim Arciero; Westford Superintendent of Schools Bill Olsen; and Josh Sheldon, Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab.
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 ]
Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom
A 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.
Westford Academy Aces Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Westford Academy has made the grade, as a team of its students has been named one of eight winners of the second Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The team’s app concept, “Tactillium,” delivers science education through a chemistry simulator without the expense of chemistry equipment and materials. [ Learn More ]
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.