Verizon has a long history of supporting educational resources and programs in the Commonwealth. 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.
In the section you'll discover just a few examples of our commitment to lifelong learning.
Featured Events and Programs
Two Local STEM Programs Receive Verizon Foundation Grants
Pictured (L to R): Mr. Warrick F. Scott, Sr., Founder/Executive Director - the Wendell Scott Foundation, Inc.; Chinique Scott, STEM Program Director - the Wendell Scott Foundation; Dr. Julie Brown, Ph.D., Director of Advanced Learning - Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR); Mr. Jerry Gwaltney, the Executive Director - IALR; Jeff Merriman, Sr. Consultant - Verizon; Virginia State Delegate Danny Marshall; David Ogburn, Director of Public Policy - Verizon; Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley; Virginia State Senator Frank Ruff; Brenda Bowman, Chair - Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.
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 Nov. 24, and the winners will be named in January 2016.
Local Students Recognized as Verizon Innovative App Challenge "Best-in-Region" Winners
To help us celebrate this achievement, we were thrilled to welcome numerous dignitaries including: Prince William County School Board Member Dr. Michael Otaigbe; Manassas City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cathy Magouyrk; Manassas Park City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bruce McDade; Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts; and George Mason University - Prince William Campus Chief Operating Officer Mr. Ron Carmichael. Team "Block it Out" was also honored with commendations from The General Assembly of Virginia and U.S. Congressman Robert Wittman.
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.
Prince William County Education Foundation (SySTEMic Solutions)
The Verizon Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to the Prince William County Education Foundation in support of its SySTEMic Solutions program. This innovative program is targeted at building K-12 student interest and skills in STEM disciplines. [ Learn More ]
Pictured ( L to R ): Sharon Henry, Executive Director of the Prince William County Education Foundation; Amy Harris, Director, SySTEMic Solutions; and Verizon's Doug Brammer
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.