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Verizon Innovative Learning Program

Morgan State University, in partnership with Verizon and NACCE, offers a free project-based immersive STEM program, Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers (VILSA), for middle school students. Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers aims to empower middle school students in under-resourced communities to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills and gain exposure to career opportunities in technology fields. Participating students will receive mentorship, access to next-gen technology and hands-on training connected to real-world challenges. The initiative provides engaging opportunities for 6th 8th grade students to learn design thinking, 3-D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. No prior knowledge or experience is required. This program offers a 3 week summer session and two in-person workshops held during the fall and spring semesters. All sessions take place on the campus of Morgan State University where lunch is provided. Charm Cards are available upon request for participating students. 

The Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers Program has expanded to over 40 HBCU's and MSI's which include the following locations: 

  • Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA
  • Central State University, Wilberforce, OH
  • Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  • Delaware State University, Dover, DE
  • Hampton University, Hampton, VA
  • Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO
  • Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers is part of the company’s education initiative that helps to address barriers to digital inclusion under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan to help move the world forward for all. 

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