Sowing those slivers of self-confidence is just part of what Verizon Innovative Learning does for these middle-school boys as they enter the most crucial stages of their development.
“Right now is that critical pathway, they aren't completely deciding, but they are eliminating career options,” Ross said, reiterating that most of these boys solve problems every day. “STEM jobs just mean that you love to solve problems.”
The informal learning environment, where mistakes are embraced and corrected through practice, let the boys further develop their problem-solving skills in a hands-on setting that exposed them to groundbreaking technology.
At Verizon Innovative Learning, STEM and the countless mini-victories the boys create for themselves, became the norm. A new world of possibilities was opened when they set their hands on the robotics and 3D printers. Captain Barrington Irving illustrated it best when asked about what his own peers thought when he expressed an interest in flying airplanes.