Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab

An immersive STEM learning experience for grades 6-8

About

Learning Undefeated is excited to be partnering with Verizon Innovative Learning to offer a new mobile learning experience.

Millions of American students lack the access to technology and the skills they need to succeed in the digital world. Since 2012, Verizon has been working to help solve this problem holistically through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning.

The Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab is an example of the Verizon Foundation’s commitment to giving under-resourced students the tech education they deserve. It is an entirely new way for middle school students to discover concepts of engineering design. The explorer lab is a shared immersive learning experience that combines movie-quality video, special effects, and hands-on educational gaming to create a learning environment that gets kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – right in the school parking lot.

Exploring Engineering: Rover Design Challenge

The Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab is a unique program designed for students to experience being an engineer, combining hands-on classroom activities with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience aboard the explorer lab. The aim of the program is to introduce students to the Engineering Design Process as well as diverse careers in engineering. The explorer lab curriculum integrates with many local, state and national science and engineering standards, including the Louisiana Student Standards for Science, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Explorer lab classes are designed to fit into a typical 45-minute class period.

The explorer lab program consists of three parts: a pre-lab activity in the classroom, the explorer lab visit, and a post-lab activity.

Learning objectives

  • Engineering and design: Students experience the engineering and design process that factors in tradeoffs and consideration for environmental factors and constraints.
  • STEM careers: Students experience relevant and in-context STEM missions that ignite curiosity and interest in STEM careers.
  • Space and scientific practices: Students experience scientific practices (such as analyzing evidence, planning investigations, and collaborating) through the context of space-related content.