Using technology to prepare students of all ages for success in the 21st century has long been a focus of the Verizon Foundation.
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 are just some examples of what we're doing to promote lifelong learning in Maryland.
Featured Events and Grants
Leveraging the Education Potential of Technology
On February 4th, 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.
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the education category.
They winning teams delivered a wide range of solutions, from apps to help children with autism and those who teach them, to apps that teach financial literacy to students, to apps that help children with developmental delays. The other winners are a solution that lets kids build their own apps and an online educational platform focused on women’s advancement as leaders. [ Learn More ]
Verizon Named Hispanic Hero, Corporation of the Year
On June 20, the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE), a nonprofit organization focused on the high school to college continuum for Hispanic youth and introducing high school youth to STEM and entrepreneurship as career options, honored Verizon with the 2013 Hispanic Hero Award Corporation of the Year. The award recognized Verizon’s long-standing support of the Hispanic community and its commitment in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Verizon’s support will enable USHYEE to implement this year’s first Latino/Black student STEM Summit at Towson University on July 18-19 where rising high school juniors and seniors will learn about courses and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. “Over the last few years, Verizon has been one of USHYEE’s strongest supporters,” said USHYEE President Luis Borunda. “We are proud of our association with such a great company and team player.”
Verizon Promotes STEM During Women’s History Month Celebration
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Verizon participated in the Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination event held at the James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, Md., to recognize women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to interest students – particularly 8th grade girls – in STEM-related courses and careers. Representatives from Prince George’s County Government Office of the County Executive, Prince George’s County Public Schools and the Patriots Technology Center also attended the event. About 200 students gathered for a special assembly where they heard from various speakers on the importance of STEM.
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.