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. From providing students with 24/7 connected access to mobile devices, to empowering teachers with comprehensive, in-depth training and resources.
We’re engaging students through app development programs. These rich, project-based learning experiences foster critical thinking skills, entrepreneurship and offer a hands-on way to expose students to STEM subjects.
A NEW WAY OF THINKING
A high school junior had something perceptive to say about “The Great Gatsby,” and wanted to share those thoughts with a graduate student at the local campus of the state university.
How do you get teenagers excited about science — while also sharpening their critical-thinking skills and their appreciation of literature, history, even art?
IGNITING A PASSION
Alexia Forhan has 10 tablets in her science classroom at Assabet Valley Vocational High School in Marlborough, Mass.