|The Da Vinci Science Center announced today a grant of $32,000 from the Bosch Community Fund to offer a series of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classroom outreach programs to increase student STEM achievement and interest in 4th and 8th grades in United Way Community Schools in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. The grant is part of an ongoing partnership between the Da Vinci Science Center, Bosch Rexroth, and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Each series of lessons provides hands-on learning experiences allowing students to explore STEM content with engaging materials such as real brains, roller coasters, dry ice, and electrical circuits. These experiences connect school studies with real-world applications to get students interested in science and STEM careers. In addition to the STEM content being presented in each lesson, students practice scientific process skills, the skills that scientists use to do their work. For example, the Da Vinci Science Center programs allow students to record, interpret, and communicate data. The programs also teach students valuable communication and collaboration skills, including sharing with others how they conducted their experiment, using data to create a graph that is easy to understand, and using the results of an experiment to figure out how something works or to solve a problem.
“We are extremely grateful to Bosch Rexroth for their continued support. We know from classroom observations and teacher and student survey data that these programs are making an impact,” says Lin Erickson, Da Vinci Science Center Executive Director and CEO. “Our continued engagement with students over time helps increase their understanding, build their confidence, and inspire them to work hard to consider a future career they might not have otherwise.”
Bosch Rexroth has supported Da Vinci Science Center programs in United Way Community Schools since 2015, focusing their investment on repeat engagements with low-income students to increase student learning and interest in STEM.
“Bosch Rexroth is committed to developing a technically skilled workforce right here in our Lehigh Valley community,” says James Felsted, Director of Plant Commercial, Bosch Rexroth Corporation. “To inspire the next generation workforce we need to show students how exciting and fun STEM topics are, as early as possible in their education. The Da Vinci Science Center has a strong history of doing just that.”
The mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is to provide the leadership, convene the partnerships, and develop the resources and solutions that improve our community. The United Way remains committed to these goals and sincerely appreciates the continued support of partners, program providers, and donors throughout the Lehigh Valley.
“This partnership is a great example of how we can work together to leverage dollars in the community,” stated Jill Pereira, Sr. Director of Education at United Way. “We know that interactive science-based learning supports United Way’s community goal to have more students reading at grade level by third grade.”
About The Da Vinci Science Center: Open for ExSCIting Possibilities
The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning science center that has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992. Da Vinci Science Center experiences make science fun and approachable, helping to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science. An independent nonprofit organization with IRS 501©(3) status, the Da Vinci Science Center engages more than 140,000 participants annually with its exhibits, programs, events, and partnerships.
Additional information and opportunities to support the Da Vinci Science Center are available on the web at davincisciencecenter.org and facebook.com/davincisciencecenter.
About Bosch Rexroth
About Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded nearly $14 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.