2019 Verizon Innovative Learning Camp – Photos
Delaware State University recently hosted the Verizon Innovative Learning Summer Camp for middle school-age males, culminated by the recognition of the top teams in a design thinking competition.
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The youths were challenged to come up with design thinking solutions that would achieve United Nations sustainable development goals.
The top team, its members, and their winning projects:
- 1st Place – The Thinkers (Xavier Gordy, Christian Auguste, Tristan Cooper, Vraj Shah, Kinte Tolson). Designed solar-powered light, heat and air-conditioning for cars. Their presentation included design options for old and new cars.
- 2nd Place – The Elites (Jovan Vickers, Terrell Holmes II, Daniel Ezeogu, Kelven Oppong-Adjei, Yuanzhuo Zang and Hrishi Patel). Presented their answer to the biodegradable recycling challenges by designing a trash can that converts refuse into energy.
- 3rd Place – The Champs (Maurice Lebron, Jalen Anderson, Nasir Briscoe, Sean Cartwright Jr., Zion Mifflin and Jaron Tate). The winning team presented a solution for police brutality, including community law enforcement that uses a motion sensor attached to a body camera.
The three-week Verizon Innovative Learning Program teaches the male youths lifelong technology and entrepreneurial skills, as well as professional development training. The long-term goal of the program is to empower a new generation of minority men by giving the skills to build the innovations of tomorrow.
The summer camp was funded by a two-year, $300,000 Verizon Foundation Grant. There were 129 middle school male participants in this year’s program. Dr. Charity Shockley was the principal investigator of the grant.