Education

STEM employment has grown three times faster than non-STEM employment over the past 10 years — and it’s expected to nearly double non-STEM employment by 2018. This is a critical issue, and one that we believe technology can help address. Through our education programs, we are using mobile technology to increase student achievement and interest in STEM subjects. 


Verizon Innovative App Challenge

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a nationwide contest that encourages middle- and high-school-aged students to develop mobile app concepts that solve a problem in their community. It’s a unique, hands-on learning program that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship, as well as STEM skills and coding.

A message from Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is helping Verizon to encourage students to dream up ideas, and create mobile app concepts – no coding skills needed!


Meet App Challenge Winners

We will be announcing the 2016 Best in State winners on January 11. On this date, you’ll also be able to cast your vote for the Fan Favorite award. The award-winning team will receive $15,000 in grant money for its school or nonprofit-sponsored program and much more. In the meantime, get to know our app challenge winners from previous years.

  • 2015 winners: 8 student teams win the third annual App Challenge

    2015 winners: 8 student teams win the third annual App Challenge

    Their apps tackle formidable societal challenges such as teen suicide, dyslexia, unsafe driving and global warming.

  • 2014 winner: Resaca Middle School

    2014 winner: Resaca Middle School

    Developed by an all-girl team, 'Hello Navi' is an app that helps visually impaired students better navigate their surroundings.

  • 2013 winner: Bronx Academy School of Promise

    2013 winner: Bronx Academy School of Promise

    They developed the Quest Math app, which helps students increase their speed in basic math computations through a mythology-themed game.


Minority Male Makers Program

Minority Male Makers, a first-of-its-kind, two-year program created by Verizon, empowers a new generation of minority men by giving them lifelong technology and entrepreneurship skills to build the innovations of tomorrow.

  • Middle schoolers learn the value of entrepreneurship

    Middle schoolers learn the value of entrepreneurship

    Verizon is teaming up with music director, Kevin Liles, to teach minority boys the importance of entrepreneurship.

  • Verizon invests in STEM education for minority boys

    Verizon invests in STEM education for minority boys

    The program offers ongoing mentorship and support to students over two years through a partnership with the National CARES Mentoring Movement.

 

Meet students from the program

Future 3D designer
Future computer engineer
Future data scientist
Future engineer
Future game designer
Future innovator
Future software developer
Future software engineer
Future 3D designer
Future computer engineer
Future data scientist
Future engineer
Future game designer
Future innovator
Future software developer
Future software engineer