This week, Jersey City Public Schools announced the opening of two Verizon Innovative Learning Lab locations at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School (PS #17) and Mahatma K. Gandhi School (PS #23).
The new labs give both students and teachers access to emerging technology including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 3D printing, and artificial intelligence (AI). The labs are a partnership with Heart of America and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University.
As part of Verizon’s commitment to digital inclusion, the company works with its nonprofit partners to provide free technology, free internet access, and hands-on learning experiences. Their goal is to help students in under-resourced communities receive an education to help prepare them for the quickly advancing digital economy. The labs provide an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with these emerging technologies.
“So many students across the nation lack the access to technology and resources they need to be successful in today’s digital world,” said Mark Bocchieri, Manager, State and Local Government Affairs, Verizon. “On behalf of Verizon, we are excited to enable students in Jersey City Public Schools with this multi-year initiative that integrates emerging technology with an online, project-based curriculum along with real-world problem-solving in a custom-designed, experiential learning lab.”