Verizon STEM Camp
Verizon Innovative Learning was created in 2012 and has, to date, given over a million students the support they need to further their STEM literacy. They provide the technology and curriculum necessary for schools to enhance student learning experiences and, in turn, better their future.
They focus on shrinking the digital gap by supplying students with the technology they need to have the most robust educational experience possible. Verizon believes in education equality, despite race, gender or family income.
“Nearly two-thirds of middle-school kids who don’t have technology are revising their dreams and lowering their expectations for their futures,” says Rose Kirk, Verizon’s Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer.
In another attempt to create equality in STEM, Verizon holds summer camps for girls in STEM. By creating an all-girls STEM camp, Verizon is helping to shrink the gender gap that is still prevalent in almost every area of the STEM workforce. By giving these young girls an opportunity to build their love for STEM, they are increasing the chance of them pursuing a STEM major in college.
NIACC has hosted the NIACC has hosted the Verizon STEM camp for the past three years in the summer. About 100 area middle school girls in North Iowa attend the two week residential camp scheduled in July. The camp allows young girls to immerse themselves in science, technology, engineering and math. The goal for Verizon was to show these girls that there is a place for them in STEM and in future STEM jobs.
The camp consists of a two-week intensive learning experience including courses in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles. During the two weeks, the girls work in groups, choose a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Campers stay in the dorms with female counselors. This gives the girls a perspective of the campus experience. The final day of camp is dedicated for the girls’ presentation. Families and the public are invited to the expo. There is no cost for the camp and each participant receives a Verizon Ellipsis 10 tablet to keep, provided they attend 80% of the camp programming.
The continuum of the program exists through the school year. Girls are required to attend a monthly Saturday session, September – May. They are exposed to entrepreneurship, career and technology and various activities during the Saturday sessions.
To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit VerizonInnovativeLearning.com
Details for the 2020 Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Camp for Girl at NIACC have not yet been released. Please check back for more details as they are announced.