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Northwest Arctic Borough School District to Launch Innovative New STEM Program with Support from Verizon


$20,000 Verizon Grant Aims to Drive Student Interest, Achievement in STEM Fields

ANCHORAGE, Alaska–– Students will soon learn how to improve lives in their villages through 3D printing with support from Verizon

The Northwest Arctic Borough School District has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant. It is one of 80 public recipients across the country awarded a grant this year as part of Verizon’s investment to help provide teachers with the resources they need to use technology more innovatively and effectively to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Northwest Arctic Borough School District will use the Verizon grant to launch its Arctic Careers in 3D Printing program, which will incorporate 3D printing technology and curriculum in the STEM labs of its 11 schools that serve more than 500 high school students. The goal is to help students build entrepreneurial skills, to prepare them for the workforce and to inspire a love of learning. 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize life in Arctic villages. Currently, all goods must be shipped via barge or plane to these remote communities, but 3D printing creates the capacity to produce necessary products and parts locally, right in the communities that need them.

 “We created this program to support the integration of innovative STEM initiatives in schools across the country, and we are pleased to recognize the 80 schools that have been chosen to receive the award,” said Justina Nixon-Saintil, education program director for the Verizon Foundation. “The proposal submitted by the Northwest Arctic Borough School District exemplifies the type of initiatives that will provide exposure to students around STEM fields, and also offer students hands-on project-based learning opportunities that will help increase their interest and achievement in STEM.”

The significant demand for STEM-educated workers has been well documented in recent years, and a 2014 report found that the STEM job market is even larger than had been reported previously.  

“We’re tremendously thankful to receive this grant. 3D printing has the power to transform life in Arctic villages and improve the lives of our students and our families,” said Brian Krosschell, director of State and Federal Programs for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. “Our goal is to get students inspired and build their skills, and we’re very excited to get started.”

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grants program is part of Verizon’s commitment to the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative, under which Verizon is providing up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions to drive student achievement, especially in STEM subjects.

About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/.

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