Students at George Washington Carver Elementary School met March 19 with 150 Verizon employees who visited to lead several hands-on activities focused on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.
The Verizon participants in the day-long volunteer project, organized by Jersey Cares, are members of an elite group of newly hired college graduates who are part of the Verizon Leadership Development Program. The individuals represent the next generation of Verizon leaders and are committed to corporate responsibility and giving back to the communities Verizon serves.
The volunteers spent time on several revitalization projects at the school, painting STEM-themed murals in the school’s new science room, brightening the school’s blacktop area with line games and enhancing the school’s courtyard by assembling new raised planter beds for the gardening club.
“Our employees, dedicating their time and talents to others, can make an impact in our communities and make the world a better place,” said Michelle Watts, director of workforce performance at Verizon. “This initiative provides opportunities for our employees to give back in a meaningful way, through hands-on projects that focus on developing STEM skills with the hopes of getting students excited about their futures and what they can achieve in any one of the STEM fields.”
Only 17 percent of U.S. 12th graders are both proficient in math and interested in majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field in college. Eighty percent of all jobs over the next decade will require STEM skills, and occupations related to STEM are projected to increase to more than 9 million by 2022, Verizon officials note.
The volunteers, whose day with the students began at 10 a.m., led a workshop where students learned about solar energy and created a solar oven out of a pizza box, and assisted students with building a robot that vibrates, spins and holds markers to doodle a drawing on its own. The volunteers also ran a Fit and Fun workshop to engage students in active games, led them in a math bingo game, and assisted them with building and racing solar-powered cars.Read more...
Students at Dr. E. Alma Flagg and George Washington Carver schools in Newark are exploring the exciting world of STEM education with support from Verizon.
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Communications Lifeline offers eligible consumers a service package that includes discounted residential phone service, including Touch-Tone service, ranging from zero to $1.95 per month; opportunities to add optional features, like Caller ID, Three-Way Calling, and more; and a choice of three different local service options.Read more...
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