FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Bosch Community Fund and Carrier recently awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area. The grants were awarded on behalf of FHP Mfg., a joint venture between Robert Bosch LLC and Carrier Corp.

The four grants fund educational programs that encourage student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities. By investing in STEM curricula, materials, and teacher training, the Bosch Community Fund and Carrier strive to positively impact local students.

“Hands-on experience is a great way to get young people engaged in STEM,” said Scott Langston, general manager of the FHP facility. “We’re proud to support local organizations’ efforts to create opportunities that drive interest in STEM careers.”

Pam Hoppel, senior director, product marketing, Carrier residential, echoed that sentiment.

“We are excited and honored to work with Bosch to support the development of STEM skills in Florida’s youth,” she said. “We are actively supporting organizations focused on strengthening communities where we operate, and this opportunity with Bosch is a wonderful reminder of our responsibility to promote and cultivate the skills critical to these students and to our industry.”

The grants support initiatives that build STEM awareness through 3-D printing and robotics as well as programs that promote the exploration of STEM careers. The Bosch Community Fund and Carrier awarded grants to the Florida Atlantic University Foundation’s Engineering Scholars Program, Miami Dade College Foundation’s Enhanced Robotics Summer Camp, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s Nan Knox 3-D Printing, and Jim & Jan Moran Boys & Girls Club’s Harold Reitman 3-D Printing Program.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County are using the grants to provide 3-D design and 3-D printing lessons for at-risk youth in the Fort Lauderdale area.

“It has been the goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County to help every young person who walks through our doors graduate from high school, plan for their future, develop good character and citizenship, and engage in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Brian Quail, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. “Funding from the Bosch Community Fund and Carrier provides the resources to implement a 3-D printing program to increase youths’ exposure to skills and applications in STEM. The program greatly enhances members’ club experiences and provides opportunities to learn new disciplines.”

Publication date: 5/28/2018

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