|- Grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs |
- Since 2013, organizations in the Ft. Lauderdale community have received more than $200,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $50,001 in grants to four educational organizations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The grants provide resources and support to increase students’ access to hands-on, educational experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability.
“Bosch understands that STEM education is a vital factor in developing the workforce of tomorrow,” said Mark Tozzi, general manager at Bosch’s Ft. Lauderdale facility. “By giving back to communities and providing resources that help our students unlock their own talents and innovative ideas, we are both empowering our youth and strengthening the future of the manufacturing industry.”
The grants support the following programs:
- Broward College’s Supporting Participation and Readiness of Kids in STEM (SPARKS) program:
The $14,150 grant aids Broward College’s SPARKS program, which uses informal learning activities to increase interest in STEM training and careers among low-income and minority elementary school students. Through this program, fifth-grade students from eight elementary schools have the opportunity to solve STEM challenges through inquiry-based learning.
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools VEX® Robotics:
A $12,426 grant underwrites the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ plan to introduce and develop robotics programs at all traditional elementary, K-8, middle and high schools. The grant provides 16 high-need schools with VEX® IQ Robotics competition kits and the opportunity for more than 100 students to participate in district-sponsored, VEX® Robotics programs and competitions.
- Broward County Public Schools EcoMaker Trunk program:
A $12,325 grant contributes to the Broward County Public Schools’ EcoMaker Trunk program, which provides opportunities to expand students’ comprehension of STEM concepts and how to use old materials to make new products. With this grant, more than 150 students at seven schools have access to engaging and innovative technologies such as: MakerBot® 3D printing technology, Edison LEGO®-compatible robots, and littleBits® classroom workshop electrical circuitry sets.
- Florida International University Engineers on Wheels:
An $11,100 grant supports Florida International University’s (FIU) Engineers on Wheels, a program in which FIU faculty and students travel in a van to South Florida schools to engage students in hands-on STEM activities and experiments. FIU students and faculty present grade-appropriate, interactive lessons in subjects including mechanical and materials engineering, computer science and information technology, civil and environmental engineering, and biomedical engineering.
“Broward College is committed to providing children with access to hands-on learning opportunities, and our Supporting Participation and Readiness for Kids in STEM (SPARKS) gives kids a glimpse into an exciting, high-demand career path,” said J. David Armstrong, Jr., president, Broward College. “We are honored to have been recognized by the Bosch Community Fund, and we look forward to collaborating on the SPARKS program.”
Since 2013, organizations in the Ft. Lauderdale community have received more than $200,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants.
About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $10 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 billion euros) in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com and twitter.com/BoschPresse.
Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1095
Ft. Lauderdale Schools Awarded $50K by BCF 2016 - August 2016