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Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program Receives Donation From the Verizon Foundation


ANCHORAGE, AK — The Middle School Academy, one of ANSEP’s pre-college components, will be presented with a $10,000 check from the Verizon Foundation on Thursday, July 26 at 11:30 am at the ANSEP building on the UAA Campus.

ANSEP’s Middle School Academy encourages Alaska Native students in grades five through seven to explore the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and get them excited about future career opportunities in these fields.

For 12 days each summer, 50 Alaska Native students from across the state engage in career visioning through experiments, projects, and field experiences for students. Led by industry professionals, students engage in activities such as designing, building and testing a balsa wood bridge, rainbow trout dissection, watershed modeling and building a computer. Verizon Foundation/ANSEP Middle School Academy 2 “The Verizon Foundation shares ANSEP’s passion for STEM education and its commitment to creating careers and building communities,” said Tim McCallion, Verizon West Area Vice President.

“The highlight for many students is building their own computer, which they earn the right to keep by successfully completing Algebra 1 prior to eighth grade graduation. From the 2010 Middle School Academy participants who finished 8th grade in 2011, over 80% finished Algebra 1 and earned their computer. With a gift like this from Verizon, these students will be prepared to transition to the university level with the skills and confidence to be successful,” stated Herb Schroeder, founder of ANSEP.

The Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless are recognized nationally for their support of education by using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century.

Verizon provides mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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