Camelback Marketing Department Awarded $20,000 Grant to Participate in the ASU/Verizon Innovation Through Design Thinking (iDT) Program for Second Year

Posted by Community Relations on 8/24/2015

The Camelback Marketing department was awarded a $20,000 grant to participate in the ASU/Verizon Innovation through Design Thinking (iDT) Program for the second year. The program works with teachers to create a novel educational experience for students that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship through interdisciplinary and hands-on projects. This year, students will connect with local small businesses and work to create a mobile application for these small business partners. The Verizon Foundation would like the students to create functioning mobile applications by the end of the year. Teachers Maria Abrams, Julia Bourdo and Arnie Edwards will be taught app development tools at the institute and four additional face-to-face professional development sessions throughout the year. ASU’s focus is ensuring that teachers feel supported through the entire process – especially in terms of coding basics and mobile app development since it will be new to most participants.
“This is really exciting news for our marketing and entrepreneurship students at Camelback, marketing teacher Julia Bourdo said. “There are four schools throughout the U.S. that received this grant last year and they are funding additional schools for the 2015 year. They are adding additional tablets to be used by students for this project.”