Middle school male students from Hampton City Schools will participate in a three-week program at Hampton University to immerse them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, starting June 17.

This program is free for minority male students from the Hampton Roads area. The Verizon Innovative Learning program gives free technology, free access, and innovative curricula to under-resourced students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future.

“The Verizon Innovative Learning program was such a success last year that we are excited to bring STEM learning to minority males again this year. Thank you to Verizon for continuing to provide support and the technology to help our youth succeed in the digital age,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Launched in 2015, the Verizon Innovative Learning program works with Hampton University to help prepare minority male students in middle school for the tech careers of the future. Students participating in the program are invited to learn and take summer courses at HU that provide entrepreneurship training, hands-on learning experiences in next-gen technologies, like robotics, augmented reality, and 3D printing. Following the summer courses, students are invited back to the university, monthly, for continued STEM education courses and mentoring.

“We are honored to continue this exciting program at Hampton University. It is wonderful to see how excited the young men have been in the past when going through the program, and being introduced to the world of STEM with emerging technology,” said Ms. Marci Turner, assistant professor in the Hampton University Department of Architecture and VIL Program Director. “The Verizon Innovative Learning Program gives young men the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

There is still space available and interested students are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Program Director for further information at VILMMMHU@hamptonu.edu or VILMMMHU@gmail.com or you can call Ms. Turner at 757-727-5937 or Dr. Otsebele Nare at 757-727-5818.

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