Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) STEM Camp for Middle School Girls

Paul D. Camp Community College (Camp) has hosted a STEM summer camp for middle school girls at its Workforce Development Center on the Franklin campus since July 2017. Launched in partnership with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the VIL STEM summer camp introduces girls ages 11 to 13 to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

The program requires girls to attend intensive courses for three weeks, from Monday to Friday for six hours per day in the summer to learn coding, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, and entrepreneurship. Up to 75 girls are accepted into the program and are required to meet once a month for the remainder 10 months in the academic year. Additional camp activities include curriculum based upon STEAM concepts, (science, technology engineering, arts and math) and are incorporated during daily “makerspace” time.

Funded by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation, the program is designed to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity at success in a digital economy, especially girls.