The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $180,000 in grants to seven community and educational programs in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
The grants provide resources and support to increase student access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities.
“By teaming up with local organizations, the Bosch Community Fund can help ignite and maintain students’ interest in STEM subjects and careers,” Maximiliane Straub, CFO and executive vice president of Robert Bosch LLC, and chairwoman of the Bosch Community Fund Board of Trustees, said in a press release. “We are honored to be a part of a community that dedicates resources and effort toward developing the workforce of the future.”
Grant dollars went to the following groups and programs:
Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation
An $88,462 grant provides support for STEM programs in Farmington Public Schools (FPS), including:
- Engineering is Elementary STEM initiatives, which target at least three FPS elementary schools for staff training and student support programs
- scholarships for Camp Invention® where 20 underrepresented students have hands-on opportunities to practice exploratory science and invention
- Tech Girls STEM programming and practical applications for middle and high school girls
- a summer math transition program targeting low-achieving, minority students entering ninth grade who are interested in math and science
- a variety of Project Lead the Way programs for teachers and students
- educational field trips for fourth-grade students to study ecosystems and arts and science at the Cranbrook Institute of Science
- STEMersion programming, which exposes middle and high school students and parents to industry applications of STEM learning in schools
- FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® league formation and support at three elementary schools.
Grant dollars also support the four-year-old Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) program, which offers competitive grants for Farmington Public Schools teachers. This year’s $16,500 grant facilitates teacher grants that support the implementation of innovative STEM and environmental sustainability classroom projects, which provide students with hands-on learning opportunities.
This $39,390 grant is the final installment of a three-year commitment of support from the Bosch Community Fund for the City of Farmington Hills, the City of Farmington, Farmington Public Schools and other community stakeholders to participate in the Georgetown University Energy Prize multi-year competition. The competition spurs innovative approaches for communities to decrease their per-capita energy usage; highlight best practices for communities by working with utilities, businesses and local governments to create and implement inventive plans for sustained energy efficiency; and educate the public and engage students in energy efficiency issues including methods, benefits and the environmental costs of the full fuel cycle.
A $13,390 grant underwrites the robotics and makerspace programming at YMCA Camp Riley, a nine-week summer camp providing academic and social/emotional instruction for at-risk Farmington Public Schools’ elementary students.
Friends of the Park
This $10,000 grant benefits the Farmington Hills community by providing for the purchase of interpretive signage for an outdoor education trail at Heritage Park. This signage educates community members about environmental stewardship, restoration efforts, watershed features, and invasive and native plants.
Farmington Community Library
This $6,958 grant aids in the purchase of activity kits for the library’s interactive STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) programs. The new materials provide activities for both drop-in and scheduled programming for children in the community. The grant also supports the purchase of technology-based adaptive tools that allows those with special needs to make a connection with technology.
Peace, Love & Planet (PLP)
A $5,300 grant supports the continuation of PLP’s sixth-grade recycling field trips. As a Bosch Community Fund grant recipient since 2014, PLP has sent more than 1,700 Farmington Public School sixth-graders on educational field trips that enhance understanding about materials, what can be recycled, how they are processed, and why recycling is imperative for environmental protection.
“We are grateful for the continued support the Bosch Community Fund provides to the Farmington Public Schools’ students and staff,” said George Heitsch, superintendent, Farmington Public Schools. “The support it provides is impacting students every day.”
Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has provided $659,187 in grants to organizations in Farmington and Farmington Hills.