Motorola Solutions Foundation provides $2.81 million for Innovation
SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola
Solutions (NYSE: MSI), announced today that it will grant $2.81
million to organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) education with a focus on women and minorities.
About 1 million students and teachers will receive an average of 120
programming hours from the foundation’s partner non-profit organizations
in the upcoming school year. Programs will support students of all
backgrounds with an emphasis on special populations underrepresented in
STEM fields including girls and minorities.
“The vast majority of recommended programs support hands-on
opportunities in engineering and/or technology,” said Matt Blakely,
executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “This year
we’ve expanded the number of grants that provide technology education
focused on public safety.”
The Innovation Generation grant program, in its ninth year, was awarded
through a competitive review process to 83 organizations. All
recommended programs currently engage Motorola Solutions employees as
volunteers or offer opportunities for future involvement.
Here are just a few examples of the impact the grants can have:
American Indian Science and Engineering Society – AISES (National): AISES
will work with two middle and/or high schools serving primarily Native
American students to build the capacity of eight educators to
incorporate teaching skills related to robotics, and reach up to 100
students with interactive and age-appropriate STEM education
activities through robotics programming.
Chicago Youth Centers – CYC (Chicago, Illinois): Through
the CYC Maker Lab program students will learn how to code, manipulate
vectors, use 3-D printers and more. In addition, students will take
networking courses in IT essentials, routing and switching, the
Internet of Things, and network security. Certification will be
available upon successful completion and demonstration of proficiency
in one or more of these courses.
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida): The
Women in Engineering/Computer Science program will provide about 400
female students enrolled in engineering and computer science majors
with mentorship, networking events and hands-on activities. The goal
of this program is to maintain students’ interest in engineering and
technology by fostering a supportive culture.
The Boys’ Club of New York (New York, New York): The Boys’
Club Expanded STEM Program will provide about 100 low-income boys and
young men of color in New York with focused, hands-on STEM classes in
engineering, robotics and more. In addition, the Science of Smart
Cities will teach students about mobile and wireless communications.
Specifically, students will learn to send messages over long distances
using custom-made radio frequency transmitters and receivers. They
then will be tasked to build their own infrared transmitters and
United Cerebral Palsy (Chicago, Illinois): Life Labs’
Innovation Lab is a hackathon-style program that gathers individuals
with disabilities in teams to compete for the best innovation that
will affect the lives of people with disabilities. The Chicagoland
2016 Innovation Lab will provide 100 college and graduate students an
opportunity to learn and apply entrepreneurial methods to create
solutions for people with disabilities as well as engage with expert
Workshops for Warriors (San Diego, California): Workshops for
Warriors will provide orientation, course instruction, and hands-on
training in computer-aided manufacturing and welding and fabrication
to 150 veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants earn
nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials including SolidWorks,
Mastercam, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills,
Immerse2Learn, and more.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic
arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe,
Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates.
The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong
community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions
Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief,
employee programs and education, especially science, technology,
engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola
Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.
For more information on how Innovation Generation grants are impacting
your community, give us a call.
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