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
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
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS): Annandale High School
The Verizon Foundation presented a $7,500 grant to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to help fund a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-related program at Annandale High School during the 2014-15 school year. The program will provide a curriculum focused on design and technology along with hands-on, experiential learning. Students will learn critical thinking skills and how to work collaboratively to solve real-world problems while building interpersonal and communication skills. To learn more, please visit http://www.fcps.edu/AnnandaleHS/TechEd/DesignTech.html/.
Northern Virginia Community College Education Foundation’s Annual Recognition Dinner
The NVCC Educational Foundation, Inc., welcomed community partners, corporate sponsors and elected officials to its 18th annual recognition dinner last September. At the event the Verizon Foundation presented a grant to the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and its Foundation to help serve the educational needs of over 78,000 students throughout Northern Virginia. With six campuses, four Centers, and its extended Learning Institute, NOVA provides high quality, affordable education to the entire region. Last year NOVA’s Education Foundation awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarship support to qualified students. Access to higher education through NOVA is vital to improving the overall quality of life in Northern Virginia and helping the region remain competitive. [ Learn More ]
Pictured ( L to R ): Dr. Robert Templin, President of the Northern Virginia Community College; Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring; Verizon's Doug Brammer.
Inspiring A New Generation of Engineers Through Robotics
If you can’t find senior engineer Dave Masters in his Verizon office, working to keep FiOS video up and running in cities in Florida to Indiana, you might try his old high school. To the tune of 450 to 500 hours a year, he coaches at Chantilly Academy, a tech-oriented division of Chantilly High in Fairfax County, Virginia. The sport isn’t football or basketball. It’s robotics. [ Learn More ]
Piedmont Housing Alliance STEM Initiative
The Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the Piedmont Housing Alliance in support of its project to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or “STEM” subjects to children in the Friendship Court Apartments in downtown Charlottesville. The grant will allow 20 elementary aged children to participate in a STEM learning partnership with Piedmont Virginia Community College over the next school year.
Verizon and New Horizon’s Education Foundation Partner on STEM Initiative
With the support of a grant from the Verizon Foundation, New Horizon’s Education Foundation will implement a Capstone STEM Project focus on Engineering Design. Through this project, students would attend a conference which attracts over 2,000 attendees and enables the students to share their work and showcase the latest innovations in their fields. Students’ work will be recognized and shared with more than 165,000 people worldwide. To learn more about the project, visit http://www.nhgs.tec.va.us/.
Computer Science Opportunity Fair
Employees from Verizon Enterprise's IT group participated in a recent Computer Science Opportunity Fair for 600 high school students studying computer science in DC and Loudoun County through the Technology Education And Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program. Speakers and exhibitors from more than 20 companies, universities, and community organizations showcased exciting college and career paths in computer science.
Pictured (L to R): Anita Cabrera, Tabitha Hardman, Caitlin Quinn, Ramzy Abdelhamed, Sean Case, and Sandeep Srivastava.
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.