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The Bosch Community Fund made a $15,000 contribution recently to the Da Vinci Science Center to support its efforts to expand its preschool exhibit area.
The Bosch Community Fund contribution is one of several investments secured by the Center toward the purchase of Engineers on a Roll – a combined engineering lab, playscape, and climbing experience that offers preschool children hours of active fun while they explore technology, mathematics, and engineering as they drop, bounce, and sort colorful balls.
The Center also will use money raised since Dec. 2015 through its Annual Fund for the exhibit purchase. Created by the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum in Michigan, Engineers on a Roll would represent the largest single permanent exhibit investment in the Da Vinci Science Center’s history, said Lin Erickson, Da Vinci Science Center Executive Director and CEO.
Efforts to purchase Engineers on a Roll implement part of the Center’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, which calls for significant investment in preschool educational experiences. The Center’s visitation from preschool families has increased by 111 percent between its 2011 and 2015 fiscal years and exhaustive scientific data over decades has proven that the earliest years of a child’s life are the most critical years of his or her development, Erickson said.
The Da Vinci Science Center also has secured support for its preschool exhibit expansion from Bob and Sandy Lovett, PPL Corporation, the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Jim and Irene McLean, ATAS International, Inc., Air Products, the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust, and D’Huy Engineering.
The Bosch Community Fund is an independent, corporate foundation that aligns with Bosch’s North American values and goals to drive the company’s charitable efforts in making a tangible impact in local communities throughout the U.S. Since its launch in 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $10 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that offer programs for young people in STEM education, environmental sustainability, or a combination of both (eco+STEM).