Verizon Innovative Learning is partnering with educational institutions with the goal of sparking girls' interest in STEM careers.
Recently, the Cumberland County campus for Roane State Community College partnered with Verizon Innovative Learning to sponsor a summer camp for middle school girls in July. Girls from 17 countries were exposed to the world of jobs involving science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.
“Being the only girl in advanced math classes in college, I hope that the girls took this as an eye-opening opportunity towards a STEM career,” said Holly Hanson, director of the RSCC Cumberland County campus.
“We had a mom tell us that her daughter wanted to work in STEM, but they only thought NASA was available. She later found out that there are thousands of jobs out there,” Hanson said.
50 middle school girls participated in individual classes and seminars, with topics ranging from coding and 3D design to augmented reality, and entrepreneurship.
The goal of the Verizon Innovative Learning Program is to “bring free technology access and hands-on immersive learning experience to kids in need to prepare them to thrive in a digital economy.”