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 solutions leverage 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 examples of our commitment to lifelong learning in New Jersey.
Featured Events and Grants
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.
At NJIT, Girls Who Code Program Graduates Dozens, Inspires Dozens More
More than three dozen young women graduated this summer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Girls Who Code program, a seven-week intensive summer program supported by the Verizon Foundation.
The nationally renowned program pairs more than 300 hours of instruction in web development and design, robotics, and mobile development with mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. [ Learn More ]
Helping to Increase Girls’ Interest in STEM Careers, Verizon Brings Girls Who Code Program to Newark
Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education programs at the Verizon Foundation, shares her story to inspire students in the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Verizon worked in partnership with Girls Who Code to offer the seven-week intensive program in Newark for the first time. [ Learn More ]
Introductions to STEM Projects Energizes Students and Employee Volunteers
On March 19, students at George Washington Carver Elementary School met with 150 Verizon employees who visited the school. The volunteers led several hands-on STEM activities to engage the students and teach them the value of creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. The Verizon participants in the day-long volunteer project, organized by Jersey Cares, were members of an elite group of newly hired college graduates who are part of the Verizon Leadership Development Program. The individuals represent the next generation of Verizon leaders and are committed to corporate responsibility and giving back to the communities Verizon serves. [ Learn More ]
Making Good Impressions with STEM
Of all the energy displayed at a recent STEM Day at Rutgers University’s School of Engineering, “kid power” was by far the most impressive. At the day-long event, about 60 eager seventh- and eighth-grade students from New Brunswick Middle School built, powered and raced several cars or other moving objects, with the help of Rutgers students and Verizon employees. [ Learn More ]
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.
Two Schools Named "Best in State" in Third Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Students from High Technology High School, in Lincroft, NJ, and Franklin Middle School, in Franklin Borough, NJ, were among ninety teams from across the country named "Best in State" in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students design a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities. The teams were selected from more than 1,099 app concepts submitted by school teams nationwide. [ 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.
Employees Help NJ School Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
Nearly 160 Verizon employees spent most of the day (Thursday, March 28) volunteering their time to help restore the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School and get it ready to welcome students back in the fall. [ 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.