Verizon Innovative Learning @ DSU
Verizon has partnered with Delaware State University to provide the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Minority Males. This experiential academic opportunity provides 100 middle-schoolers from Capital School District access to high-level technology - including coding, robotics and 3D design, and entrepreneurship. The program includes hands-on, interactive instruction and exposure to STEM-related careers.
During the summer, students attend a two-week STEM boot camp at Delaware State University’s Dover campus. Throughout the school year, students meet with mentors for academic support and scholars attend a monthly Saturday academy.
The Verizon Innovative Learning Program aims to teach young minority men skills like coding, 3D design, robotics and more at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with the goal of closing the tech divide and exposing young men to the limitless career opportunities available in STEM sectors.
New evaluation data collected from over 300 young men shows that, after participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, 100% of students increased mobile technology proficiency, 75% of students reported an increased interest in STEM subjects, and 69% had an increased interest in STEM careers.
Delaware State University is honored to have received the $400,000 grant from Verizon. The program is free to students attending Dover public schools.