Motorola Solutions Foundation Florida 2016-17
‘STEM Solutions’ Grant Recipients Announced
November 1, 2016
Creating aquaponics gardens in an after-school program. Launching a high-altitude weather balloon. Earning certification in Solidworks 3D software and getting introduced to related careers.
Students throughout Florida will have these hand-on STEM education experiences and more this school year thanks to a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.
A total of 37 STEM solutions-based learning projects were judged by industry professionals with the seven top-scoring proposals each receiving $5,000 from the CFEF grant. Together, they will directly impact 2,330 students, and 35 teachers, involving nine local workplace partners. Check out the summaries of this year’s winners here!
The Motorola Innovation Generation program awards organizations such as the CFEF that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
“A critical component of engaging today’s students and teachers with STEM careers is providing hands-on learning opportunities. Funding from the Motorola Solutions Foundation offers students the chance to truly understand how classroom curriculum translates into real world employment,” stated Mary Chance, CFEF President.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation has partnered with the CFEF since 2011 to support student achievement in STEM areas through a competitive grant process for quality teacher projects that utilized the unique opportunities and resources of their geographic region. With a total of $300,000, this program has encouraged more than 16,000 students to pursue further study and, in some cases, careers in the STEM field by exposing them to potential job opportunities.
Nationwide, the grant program overall will impact about 1 million students and teachers, each receiving an average of 120 programming
hours from partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including girls and women, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities and the military.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation created the Innovation Generation Grant program nine years ago to support educational experiences that spark students to turn their dreams into innovations that will shape our society’s future,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Organizations like the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations are teaching tomorrow’s leaders that careers in engineering and technology are both fun and within their reach.”
For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs, visit: http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/ and for more information on the CFEF please visit www.educationfoundationsfl.org.
About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private-sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 62 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $33 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private and public sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program.
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.