FUTURES Foundation Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant
Through the grant, FUTURES Foundation has partnered with ENVIRO/STEM Resource Teacher Louise Chapman on the grant project “Can we clean microplastics out of the water and the world?” The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as FUTURES Foundation, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
“Students will learn to detect microplastics using special filters and then develop a method to remove the microplastics from the estuaries, rivers, and lakes. Recent evidence indicates that Volusia County has the highest levels of microplastics in their waters in the country,” says Teacher Chapman. “Our business partner, Riverside Conservancy, will help us to define the scope of the problem, work with students to look at projects or methods to remove microplastics and evaluate the feasibility of the student products”.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $55,000 to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) areas this school year through a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF).
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 2 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.
“We are very pleased to support the work of FUTURES Foundation,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that foster innovation and drive change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they are making in the community.”
About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools. The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided nearly $52 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program. For more information about the CFEF, visit: educationfoundationsfl.org
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the leading provider of mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. The Motorola Solutions Foundation makes strategic grants, forges strong community partnerships and fosters innovation by funding programs in public safety education, disaster relief, employee giving programs, and technology education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides over $11 million in support to over 250 charitable organizations and universities in over 30 countries annually. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation
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