STEM education in Oakland County gets boost from Bosch Grant to support mobile STEM vehicle
The Oakland Schools Education Foundation (OSEF) has received a grant of $60,000 from the Bosch Community Fund to support Oakland Schools’ STEM Education.
The funds specifically will be used for a STEMi Mobile Innovation Station -- Oakland Schools’ expandable semi-trailer which will serve as a traveling mobile lab, outfitted with high-tech equipment to support STEM education.
“The STEMi will provide up to 40 students simultaneous access to 1,000 square feet of interactive, high-tech equipment,” said Phil Kimmel, Oakland Schools’ STEM consultant. “In addition, the funds will provide a STEM equipment check out system for schools called STEMcos.”
“Oakland Schools and Bosch share a strong commitment to the increasing importance of STEM education and the need for access to high-quality STEM experiences for all students,” said Kyle Kilpatrick, Oakland Schools’ STEM consultant. “The grant allocation will be used to purchase equipment that ignites interest in STEM and builds the capacity to nurture student interest in pursuing these rapidly evolving career opportunities.”
“We are very pleased to support our new partner, Oakland Schools, and their innovative approaches to project-based learning and STEM for all students in Oakland County,” said Kathleen Bushnell Owsley, president of Bosch Community Fund.
Recent developments have accelerated the transition to Industry 4.0 and placed a larger emphasis on related emerging technologies. With that in mind, Oakland Schools will use the grant funds to purchase equipment that authentically engages learners in Oakland County in augmented/mixed/virtual reality, cloud computing and smart manufacturing. In order to maximize the impact of the equipment, Oakland Schools will provide support, training and related curriculum development.
OSEF is a nonprofit public charity supporting educational and enrichment programs offered by Oakland Schools and its 28 constituent district schools. For 15 years, the Foundation has championed public education and enhanced the learning opportunities for the more than 160,000 students throughout the county. Furthermore, the Foundation works to build connections between business, industry and community leaders and education throughout Southeast Michigan.
Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, the corporate foundation for Bosch in North America, provides community engagement and philanthropic support on behalf of the corporation.
The foundation focuses on the enrichment of STEM education and advancing environmental sustainability initiatives. The Bosch Community Fund partners with 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions across the country to provide quality hands-on learning opportunities for students and professional development for teachers. The Bosch Community Fund awards up to $5 million a year in grants and has granted over $28 million in 45 Bosch site communities in North America.