Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 5 Massachusetts Schools
The Verizon Innovative Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The Verizon Foundation awarded a total of $220,000 to eleven schools/districts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The winners are among 100 schools nationwide to receive grants to improve STEM education. Schools here in the Bay State include:
Boston International High School, Boston: Boston International High School and Newcomers Academy will use Verizon funds to build a STEM Innovation program that utilizes robotics and rapid prototyping technologies to empower students to innovate and create. The program will leverage existing programs at the school including the Exploring Computer Science class, Business Technology pathway, and collaborate with the Boston Private Industry Council to build capacity in STEM teaching and learning.
Dr. A. B. Consentino School, Haverill: Verizon funding will provide teachers with professional development as well as equip science classrooms at the Consentino School with the necessary science supplies and materials required to engage students with standards-based learning experiences from kindergarten through grade eight in the areas of earth & space sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.
John Breen School, Lawrence: As part of the Breen School plan, students will be offered science and technology enrichment in the earlier grades. The school day has been extended to offer kindergarten students enrichment in science, technology, art, theater and Spanish. Enrichment partner, Groundworks Lawrence, will provide pre-school and kindergarten students hands-on science learning experiences with an expert science teacher and enabling teachers and students to gain learning from their outdoor gardens right in South Lawrence.
Project Learn - Bartlett Community School, Lowell: The Bartlett Community School has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Middlesex Community College to launch an after school program for students. Verizon funding will be used to enable professors from UMass Lowell’s computer science and engineering departments to offer a variety of STEM-focused enrichment opportunities for students including coding, robotics, and an engineering challenge.
Project Learn - Lowell High School Maker Space, Lowell: Lowell High School will use funds for the LHS Maker Space for adaptive technology work stations that will provide engaging project-based STEM learning to 900 freshmen students each year. LHS Maker Space will be outfitted with 30 work stations with 3D Touch Stylus, Design Software and 3D printers to generate prototypes of scientific models. This technology will enable 9th grade biology students to construct DNA models, and develop and use these models to illustrate hierarchical organization.