Jobs that require science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are set to outpace all others within the next ten years. And, with more than 3 million STEM jobs currently unfilled, it is clear that we have a problem.
In fact, only 17 percent of U.S. 12th graders are both proficient in math and interested in majoring in a STEM field in college. For students in underserved communities, and women, the gap is even wider. This is a critical issue, and one that we are passionate about. A workforce that is fluent in STEM will help secure a more stable future for ourselves and our students.
Through our education programs — Verizon Mobile Learning Academy and the Verizon Innovative App Challenge — we are using mobile technology to increase student achievement and interest in STEM.
We’re transforming the entire classroom by infusing mobile technology into every aspect of the learning environment.
We’re engaging students through app development programs that help foster critical thinking skills, entrepreneurship and offer a hands-on way to expose students to STEM subjects.
Discover the Pocket Poll app.
The girls behind Pocket Poll, an app to raise awareness around political issues, talk about their experience in the Girls Who Code summer-long program and their newfound passion for computer programming.
A new approach
Because of technology, Michael Brennan has transformed the way he teaches. Now, instead of lectures, his class works in small groups, giving kids new opportunities and confidence.
For the students at the Vista Innovation & Design Academy, near San Diego, access to Internet and tablets has meant better engagement, better understanding, and better achievement.
How do you get teenagers excited about science — while also sharpening their critical-thinking skills and their appreciation of literature, history, even art?