Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant Supports MSU Middle School and High School Robotics

July 27, 2012

Michigan State University has received $40,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc., to support its middle school and high school robotics programs. This is the sixth consecutive year that MSU’s College of Engineering has received Innovation Generation funding.

MSU will use the grant to expand its VEX Robotics program, targeting historically underrepresented middle school and high school students, specifically those in the Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing school districts.

Caption test"The College of Engineering has held many outreach activities in the Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing schools over the years, but this recent Motorola Solutions Foundation grant allows us to focus on VEX Robotics to spur interest in the field of engineering,” says Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship, and K-12 outreach in MSU’s College of Engineering. “We are excited to sponsor and mentor 20-plus additional school-based teams from these key cities in the state of Michigan.”

The initiative includes collaborating with school district superintendents, principals, teachers, and parents. Area middle school and high school teachers and students will develop a VEX Robotics–based curriculum to be used as a model for participating school teams.

Additionally, MSU intends to host the first-ever Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament, slated for spring 2013. Approximately 80 teams are expected to compete.

Since 2007, the Motorola Solutions Foundation program has provided $30 million in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, supporting more than 300 school, museum, and nonprofit programs across the United States. The Innovation Generation program awards funds to organizations such as MSU that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students—especially girls and underrepresented minorities.

“Each year, I am truly amazed by the groundbreaking work our grant recipients like MSU accomplish through their Innovation Generation grants,” says Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “These grantees are playing an active role in developing the future of STEM education for our country. As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as MSU’s.”

Innovation Generation is a part of Motorola Solutions’ larger commitment to engaging youth in STEM education. Beyond funding, MSU will receive ongoing support from Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, who will act as mentors,tutors, and experts in STEM careers.

For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs, visit: http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.