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Midwest

INDIANA
INVESTMENTS

with its foundation, verizon is trying to create a stem-literate
workforce by funding a number of initiatives in indiana.
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Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation's largest network, is investing more than $100,000 in Indiana students to
drive engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM), with many of its grants serving underserved youth.
The foundation has established programs that enable students
to explore in STEM in new ways, increase teachers' efficiency
in integrating technology into the classroom and create more
personalized learning environments to help students succeed.
"Student interest and proficiency in STEM has been stagnant
in the United States, especially among women and minorities,
although 80 percent of all jobs over the next decade will require
STEM skills," says Aimee Novak, director of business sales for
Verizon in Indiana. "That's why we are focusing so much of our
resources here in Indiana, to get students engaged."
Verizon Foundation is funding the following initiatives: 	
> BALL STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION - MUNCIE,
IND. - $15,000 - Ball State University's goal is to encourage
middle school girls in East Central Indiana to pursue challenging careers in STEM areas by engaging them in a powerful
program of STEM exploration. The planned events include
visits to its cutting-edge planetarium and summer science
camp where girls will work in small collaborative teams.
> PAUL HARDING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - FORT
WAYNE, IND. - $20,000 - Paul Harding Junior High School
plans to extend its robotics program to 290 students throughout the school day. Teachers will incorporate science-based
activities across the curriculum to support students mastering critical 21st Century skills: technology, engineering and
team-building skills through competitions.

	 > INDY LEARNING CENTERS - INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS (IUPUI)
- $30,000 - Indy Learning Centers at IUPUI partners with
schools and community-based centers such as the Family, School and Neighborhood Engagement unit to bring
IUPUI students on school sites to work with students
in grades K-12. The one-on-one tutoring model not only
leads to higher grades in STEM studies and literacy while
improving college and career readiness, but also builds
self-confidence, perseverance and character.
	 > INDIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF - INDIANAPOLIS - $20,000 - The Indiana School for the Deaf is offering
a unique opportunity to its students to bring manufacturing prototyping to coursework that will feature solving
engineering problems through product development and
sales. Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor 3D CAD, SketchUp,
Blender and LightWave3D are being taught to create objects for virtual environments.
	 > WASHINGTON IRVING SCHOOL 14 - INDIANAPOLIS - $20,000 - Washington Irving School is establishing Project Lead the Way curriculum allowing teachers in
grades 2 through 6 to focus on STEM programming. With
the help of STEM, the school aims to close the achievement
gap for its students in state testing in science and offer enrichment programming after school hours. mt
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