How it works


The Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program empowers middle school students from under resourced schools to build STEM and entrepreneurship skills through hands-on instruction using next-gen technology. 

Summer Immersion

• Includes two options for host school: one four-week session for 150 students or two three-week sessions for 75 students per session
• Mentorship opportunities available, starting with the summer program and continuing through the entire academic year
• Will take place in-person, virtually or as a hybrid of both depending on the host school's preference. Registrants will be notified by the program director ahead of time

Academic Year

• Includes two full-day STEM workshops (one in the fall and one in the spring) to be scheduled by each host institution
• Programming is open to both summer-session students and students from local under resourced middle schools
• Includes tours of campus facilities, classrooms and labs
• All community parents and students are welcome to come and participate in a full-day open house

Inclusive

All genders and nonbinary youth are welcome.

Interactive

Students experiment with robotics, 3D printers, augmented reality headsets, engineering software and coding.

Immersive

Students become creators and makers with new skill sets, including 3D design and printing, coding and app development, virtual and augmented reality, and more.

Interconnected

Developed in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Arizona State University.