Using technology to prepare students of all ages for success in the 21st century has long been a focus of the Verizon Foundation. 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 are just some examples of what we're doing to promote lifelong learning in Maryland.
Featured Events and Grants
University of Baltimore MBA Case Study Competition
The University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business recently hosted an awards ceremony recognizing the winners of a case study competition for students in its MBA course, IT for Business Transformation. A total of $3,500 in scholarships were awarded to the competitors, funded by a Verizon Foundation grant. Manny Sampedro, president of Verizon's Mid-Atlantic Area - and UB alum - recorded a case study that challenged students to analyze the current marketplace for network providers and make recommendations on how to maximize asset positions and ensure growth.
Lime Kiln Middle School Students Win Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Eight teams of middle school and high school students across the country, including Lime Kiln Middle School, Fulton, Maryland, were named the Best in Nation winners of the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Their award-winning app, "VolunteerMe," provides information about volunteer opportunities in the school or community to take advantage of the younger generation's interests and willingness to serve.
Best in Nation teams earned their schools $20,000 in cash grants from the Verizon Foundation to further develop or support STEM-related programming. Each team member received a Samsung tablet, courtesy of Samsung Electronics America. Over the next few weeks, MIT App Inventor Master Trainers from the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab will give the Best in Nation teams onsite and virtual training on coding and app development, using MIT App Inventor to develop the teams’ apps.
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.
Leveraging the Education Potential of Technology
Last February, at an event held at Buck Lodge School in Adelphi, Maryland, President Obama stressed the importance of an initiative to connect, within the next five years, 99% of our nation’s classrooms to the Internet through high-speed broadband and wireless. Called ConnectEd, this effort is a critical element of 21st century education, and if we want to maximize its benefits for students, the government, private and non-profit sectors must all play a role in its success.
Inspired by Verizon’s nationwide competition, and encouraged by Gifted and Talented Resource teacher Tracy Spillman, the all-girls team from Lime Kiln Middle School won Best in State in January, advanced to Best in Region, and were named one of the eight Best in Nation winners in this annual competition. [ Learn More ]
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.
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.