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Free immersive STEM program for students in grades 6-8 at Dillard University

June 2, 2022
Contact: Danielle Miller, dmiller@dillard.edu

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program, which is a free project-based STEM learning program for middle school students beginning on June 6, 2022.

Verizon launched the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program to empower middle school students in under-resourced communities to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills and gain exposure to career opportunities in technology fields. Participating students will receive mentorship, access to next-gen technology and hands-on training. The initiative provides engaging programming where sixth to eighth grade students can learn design thinking, 3D printing,  augmented reality and social entrepreneurship. The program was designed to create a more diverse pipeline for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields; no prior knowledge or experience is required.

Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers helps to address critical roadblocks to pursuing STEM-related degrees, including disparities in access to high-quality STEM educational resources, lack of role models and a shortage of highly trained, minority STEM educators. This program increases opportunities for females and students of color – populations often under-represented in STEM fields. Additionally, the project-based learning opportunities are connected to real-world challenges and invite STEM learning, career exploration and personal development. 

This program begins with a three-week in-person session from June 6 – June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 27 – July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located in room 342 of the Professional Schools Building (PSB). Food will be provided, as well as transportation in varying locations for participating students. 

Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers is part of the company’s education initiative that helps to address barriers to digital inclusion under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan to help move the world forward for all. To register, click here.  For more information, contact Dr. Lovell Agwaramgbo at 504-816-4092 or via email at vilmm@dillard.edu


Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Founded in 1869, Dillard is Louisiana’s oldest HBCU, born from the union of Straight College and New Orleans University. Find out more by visiting www.dillard.edu.