Encouraging Technology Education at Shawnee State

Local middle school girls take part in a summer camp focused on immersive tech experiences.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

During the weeks of July 16 through August 3, Shawnee State University (SSU) is  hosting the Verizon Learning Initiative, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) camp for girls in middle school. 

Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) has committed over $400 million to providing free tech, access, and innovative learning programs that transform schools and children’s lives. Alongside 15 other colleges across the country, SSU will provide local middle school girls with immersive tech experiences on its campus to encourage an interest in STEM education and give the students the opportunity to thrive in a tech-dependent economy.


 “I am so pleased that Shawnee State University is partnering with Verizon Innovative Learning on this key education initiative that will change the perspective and lives of young girls in our region," said SSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeff Bauer. " The Verizon Camp is providing them with experience in areas like augmented reality, 3D printing, and entrepreneurship.  It is clear that these experiences are already inspiring these young ladies and is providing them with a basis to consider future careers in STEM fields.”


The camp is for females who are entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Students will learn coding, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, and entrepreneurship. Camp attendees are all students from southern Ohio.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2020, more than 77% of U.S. jobs will require technology skills. VIL is committed to addressing the issue by providing students with free technology, free access, and innovative learning experiences. Each camper will receive a Verizon Ellipsis 10 tablet to keep, provided that they attend 80% of the camp programming.


So far, VIL has helped more than one million kids, with a goal to help more than five million by 2023. Studies show that students involved with VIL are 535% more engaged in school and three times better in math, and their reading comprehension doubles.


After the camp, the students will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year where they will develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The goals set forth include ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. 


For more information about VIL, please visit verizoninnovativelearning.com