Free Stem Learning For Kids
To help bring technology to all there is now free stem learning for kids. Verizon hosts FREE Verizon Innovative Learning Lab for local kids at local Verizon stores around the country. Verizon partners with Project Lead The Way, Verizon Innovative Learning Labs. The kids get to explore and build interest in technology through hands-on lessons around coding, virtual reality, robotics, 3-D design, and app development.
Each lab session lasts 50 minutes and can accommodate up to 8 students. It is open to kids between the age of 8-12.
FAQ’s for the Verizon Innovative Learning labs
What is a lab?
Verizon is partnering with Project Lead The Way to bring free, hands-on learning opportunities and cool new technology directly to kids. During each lab, kids will use their hands, brains and creativity to try new, innovative technologies, learn new skills and get exposure to topics not widely taught in school. Instructors will guide students through hands-on lessons in virtual reality, coding, Internet of Things (ioT), robotics, app development and 3-D design & printing.
What is the objective of the lab?
Each lab is designed to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Who will teach the lab?
Instructors from Project Lead The Way will guide each lab session. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative in-school learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking and how to communicate and collaborate. PLTW is shaping the innovators, creators and designers of today and tomorrow
Who is eligible to participate?
All kids, 8-12 years old, are eligible to participate in the lab.
What should I know about attending the lab?
Students and parents/guardians should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time of the lab. All lab sessions are 50 minutes long, so students and parents should expect to remain in the Verizon store for approximately one hour. All students and adults must sign in and out with the instructor at the workshop table upon arrival and departure from the lab. Each lab session will cover a different topic, such as virtual reality, coding, 3-D design & printing, app development, robotics and Internet of Things (ioT). Students will be provided with any technology needed to participate in the lab for the duration of the session. Each lab session can typically accommodate up to 8 students. Students will be asked to provide experience feedback via a brief survey at the end of the lab. This is completely optional. Parents/guardians may receive follow-up emails from Verizon Innovative Learning or Project Lead The Way after the lab. These emails are optional and an opt-out choice will be provided at the bottom of the first follow-up email.
Why do I need to stay in the store?
For safety reasons, a parent, guardian or authorized adult caregiver must remain in the store for the duration of the lab session.
Can my child sign up for more than one lab session?
Yes, students may sign up for as many lab sessions as they wish, as long as the session has space.
How can I make the most out of this experience for my child?
To reinforce learning, take time to ask your child about their experience. Potential conversation starters:
• What was your favorite part of the lab?
• How is this technology used in everyday life?
• How could you use what you learned to make a career?
Where can I go to learn more about these topics?
For more information, visit verizon.com/ learninglabs