Helping Advance Math and Science in the Classroom

By David Marbaugh

Today's guest blog comes from Beth Hunter, associate communications coordinator for Lilly Health, Safety, and Environment.

What does a pharmaceutical company do with surplus office and lab supplies? These aren’t just a few paper clips. I’m talking more than 100 pallets of “stuff” weighing close to 50,000 pounds and estimated at about $100,000 in value. There’s everything from Geiger counters, to test tubes, to beakers, to binders, to notebooks, to microscopes, and more!

No Species Left Behind


Originally posted on Fios1News

Students from the Biotechnology High School in Freeport, New Jersey win the Verison Innovative App Challenge.  Their app, No Species Left Behind, helps identify invasive and endangered plants.   

View the clip here

Helping to Close the STEM Achievement Gap Through Teacher Training on Mobile Technology



By Rose Stuckey Kirk,

Vice President of Global Corporate Citizenship and President of the Verizon Foundation

New National Research Indicates Teacher Professional Development Program to Integrate Mobile Technology May Have Positive Impact on Students’ Standardized Math Test Scores

Verizon, the Program’s Creator, and its partner, International Society for Technology in Education, to Launch Verizon Mobile Learning Academy to Train More Teachers Nationwide
Press Release

NEW CARROLLTON, Md., April 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ – New national research indicates that training teachers to integrate mobile technology into instruction may have a positive effect on students’ standardized test scores and academic achievement.

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Grants $500,000 to Sahuarita, Arizona Schools

Press Release

June 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Sahuarita Unified School District will receive $880,000 over the course of three years through the National Math and Science Initiative, which helps high school students succeed in advanced placement classes.

The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is supporting the initiative with a $500,000 grant, and other community businesses are contributing $380,000 to the Dallas-based group to bring the program to the high school students.

It will focus on advanced placement courses in math, science and English.

Gearing up Girls for Careers in STEM


By: Laquita Hall, Vice President of Business Operations, AT&T Technology and Network Operations

I have spent over twenty years using my background in physics and electrical engineering working at AT&T. I spend a lot of my free time thinking about how we can get more women in this field, and it starts with a focus on young girls. We stand to benefit substantially by getting more girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 

From Down-And-Out to Up-And-Coming

How Technology Transformed One Struggling School in the Bronx

Just a year ago, the tiny Bronx Academy of Promise charter school was struggling to keep its doors open. Given a Grade F rating from the New York City Department of Education in 2011, it was on the verge of closure, jeopardizing the futures of more than 300 elementary and middle school students.

Learning New Ways to Engage Students with Technology

Thanks to VILS training, teachers at Assabet Vocational High School engage students in an entirely new way.

Alexia Forhan helped bring cutting-edge technology to Assabet Vocational High School in Marlborough, Massachusetts and helped push her students to new heights — all because of a fight over a phone.

During the past school year, Forhan saw two students on the verge of a hallway fight. Tempers flared, but a simple threat shut down the fight: “I’m going to take your phone and crush it,” said one. The student with the phone immediately backed down.

Using Technology to Level the Academic Playing Field

High tech lessons spark passion and confidence at Niemes Elementary School

Meg Jimenez knew that education was changing, and she was determined to propel Niemes Elementary School into the technological age. As a member of the first 12 Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, Jimenez, principal of the Cerritos, California school, was prepared to help her teachers adapt the way they taught. New tools would require a new approach. But what she came to learn was that new technology did more than change the lessons. It changed the kids.


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