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).
In the section you'll discover just a few examples of our commitment to lifelong learning.
Powerful Answers Awards
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 ]
TinyTap- $1 million – 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.
Zapatalism/LavaMind- $850,000 – a financial literacy app from LavaMind that specializes in creating business simulation games.
BridgingApps/Easter Seals Greater Houston- $700,000 – an initiative that provides access to the mobile technology and applications needed to enable children with special needs to communicate for the first time, participate in the classroom and exceed educational goals.
WebTeam Corporation- $500,000 – a solution that uses mobile and touch-screen computing to create new products and autism intervention services for the education and healthcare industries.
WomenLEAD, Inc.- $285,000 – an online educational platform designed to accelerate women’s advancement as leaders using social networking, online training and mentorships through an online “Personal Advisory Board” platform.
Featured Events and Grants:
Verizon Innovative App Challenge - Friends' Central High School
A team of students fromFriends' Central School, in Wynnewood, was one of ten teams of creative middle and high school students from across the country named "Best in Nation" winners of the 2013 Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition to develop mobile applications that address a need or problem in the students’ communities or schools.
Their winning entry, named STEAMnet, is designed to support creative thinking and virtual collaboration, especially outside the standard school day. To learn more visit:
Indochinese-American Council Expands Stem Education in Philadelphia Schools with $10,000 Verizon Foundation Grant
TheIndochinese-American Councilof Philadelphia recently received a $10,000 grant from theVerizon Foundationto extend afterschool program activities designed to educate children in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This includes supporting IAC’s implementation of City Skies, a program of the Franklin Institute, funded NASA to bring astronomy into the classroom. [ Learn More ]
Hanover Students Win Verizon Innovative APP Challenge
Students from the Emory H. Markle Intermediate school were named "Best in Nation" winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, created by the Verizon Foundationin partnership with the Technology Student Associationto help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The students were asked to use their STEM skills to design app concepts that provided real-world solutions for issues in their communities or schools.
The winning app, called Voice Notes, will revolutionize note-taking for students with disabilities and organizes information to create effective study guides.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab will continue to work with students of the winning teams to refine their projects. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help them bring their concepts to market. In addition, each winning team’s school will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy ofSamsung Mobile. [ Learn More ]
Reading Public Museum
A $12,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, will help the museum launch what it calls RPM 2.0, a pilot project that uses cutting-edge technology allowing visitors to interact with the collections.
(L to R) David Meas, Reading Public Museum Foundation Board of Directors member; John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum; Amanda Spencer, grant writer for The Museum; and Todd Darlington, Verizon
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.
Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org) is a free comprehensive educational website that provides tens of thousands of free educational resources including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactive games and printable worksheets. Learn more at www.thinkfinity.org.
Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
Grants totaling $287,500 from Verizon Pennsylvania and Verizon Wireless will open up a range of educational and scholarship opportunities for children served by 29 nonprofit organizations across the state.
The grants were made possible through Verizon's participation in Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which last year authorized $60 million in tax credits to Pennsylvania businesses that made contributions to scholarship, educational improvement, or pre-K scholarship organizations. Verizon selected the nonprofits from a state-approved list, awarding grants ranging from $2,000 to $59,000 to support educational programs.
Under the EITC plan, Pennsylvania businesses that pay any one of six taxes, including the corporate net income tax, may submit an application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development to provide grants. The businesses are then eligible for tax credits ranging from 75 percent to 90 percent of a maximum contribution of $300,000 per year. The credit is applied against a business's tax liability for the tax year in which the contribution was made. Since Verizon renewed its commitment to contribute for two consecutive tax years, it qualified for the 90 percent tax credit.