For the boys at Morgan State University, this day was part of a two-year curriculum that teaches students coding, robotics, 3D design and other STEM skills to help prepare them for college and a career.
The program curriculum impacts the boys in numerous ways: improving their schoolwork, upping their grades, and focusing their future career goals. In a recent survey, 90 percent of the students in the program reported an increase in their math and science skills.
Kevin Johnson’s cell tower presentation was just one of several hands-on demonstrations Verizon employees created for the students. In it, he handed the boys smartphones loaded with an augmented reality app to demonstrate how the technology may be used in the future to assist repair engineers working in the field on cell phone towers or relay systems.
“The knowledge has to be put out there,” said Verizon Security Network Engineer Tracy Barwick, who also presented at the event. “The students know about the technology, but they don’t know how to get into it. When we do these innovative learning events, it shows some of the opportunities out there and how we open the doors for them.”
Here’s a look at some of the students and employees who came together and inspired each other on Career Day. ♦