July 17, 2014
Drive and control technology providers Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Rexroth Corp., Bethlehem, Pa., have announced the latest Bosch Community Fund (BCF) grants in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and match) – important foundations for today’s students as they prepare for careers in engineering and manufacturing. BCF awarded four grants totaling $100,000 to three central Pennsylvania educational institutions.
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, received a $20,000 grant to support its CHOICES (Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Science) Summer Camp. CHOICES is an outreach program designed to introduce young women in middle school to the benefits of engineering careers. The grant will specifically allow for increased and sustained capacity of the CHOICES camp and provide scholarships for girls from Broughal Middle School.
The second grant for $35,000 was presented to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Schnecksville, Pa., to support a five-tiered approach to increasing success for high school and middle school students in STEM education, training, and career paths. Funding will be applied to summer camp for seventh- and eighth-grade students, professional development for counselors and math/science teachers, as well as STEM Career Awareness Night (open to all Lehigh County students) and Girls in Engineering Awareness Day for 120 young women in the ninth and 10th grades.
The third grant of $45,000 was given to The Pennsylvania State University and will be split between the Lehigh Valley and University Park Campuses. The first program, the Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO), provides orientation for first-year students entering Penn State and features year-round mentoring and leadership programming. The second program receiving funding is the Lehigh Valley Emerging Engineers program, which supports low-income students in their preparations to qualify for Penn State. The program offers a one-year, dual-enrollment opportunity for high school seniors in engineering and math with an emphasis on problem-solving and hands-on job shadowing with companies in the region.