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Free STEM workshop for grade schoolers at Dillard

Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University
Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University

Dillard University is partnering with Verizon to offer a free immersive enrichment open house workshop, Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers, for middle school students, 5th-8th grades, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on November 5. The event will be on Dillard’s campus in the Professional Schools Building, room 131-135.

Dillard University is one of the black colleges supported by the Black College Fund which provides financial support to maintain solid, challenging academic programs; strong faculties; and well-equipped facilities.

Students will learn about design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality and social entrepreneurship. The workshop is inclusive and welcome all genders and nonbinary youth. The workshop includes a full-day open house with tours of Dillard’s campus.

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. 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. 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.

For more information about the open house, contact Treshayne Tuircuit at [email protected] or 504-816-4092.

To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, please visit

press release by Eddie Francis, Dillard University

One of seven apportioned giving opportunities of The United Methodist Church, the Black College Fund provides financial support to maintain solid, challenging academic programs; strong faculties; and well-equipped facilities at 11 United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities. Please encourage your leaders and congregations to support the Black College Fund apportionment at 100 percent.

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