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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant
Fort Myers, Fla (November 18, 2020) – The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Inc., announced it has received a grant for $5,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions.
Through the grant, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will teach middle and high school students about solar energy and its powerful potential, to grow food and run the systems we need to water it, communicate about it and preserve it. Students will learn about all the applications of solar power and the benefits of this renewable energy source and teach middle school students what they have learned as they install a solar power system and hydroponic garden system at the middle school. Students will need to calculate the power needed to run a timer and 60 gph pump and decide how it will work on cloudy days. They will need to learn how to store and convert the electric energy to a usable form to power multiple devices, such as emergency and two-way radios, a light, or other small appliances and devices.
Students will also engineer systems to grow vegetables vertically in towers, learning to build and plumb the system. They will create automated watering drip irrigation systems, and find the best chemical fertilizers to use to optimize growth. The food grown must then be harvested and efficiently transported to the cafeteria, so a system must be created to do this as well. Students will imagine the utilization of this technology in the residential setting. Finally, students will learn about the careers that provide these services. We have 1,325 middle school students, 130 high school students participating in this project.
“We are so thankful for the tremendous learning opportunities that this grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation will present to our students. The real-world application of the lessons being learned will impact these students for the rest of their lives and provide them with hands-on learning that is relevant in this world”, states Marshall T. Bower, President & CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, that support and advance education initiatives in public safety and technology and engineering. Additionally, the Foundation has a long-standing commitment to supporting programs that benefit underrepresented populations, including females, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and others.
“This year, the Foundation’s grants will support programs that help millions of students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe,” said Karem Perez, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with organizations like The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools that are actively making a positive difference in their communities.”
- For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program,
About The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools:
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual, and educational partnerships. The Foundation is rated a Platinum organization by Guide Star. Find us online at www.leeschoolfoundation.org, on Twitter @FoundationLCPS, and Facebook.
About the 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 Foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation prioritizes its funding on public safety education, technology & engineering education, disaster relief, and employee volunteerism. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit our website: https://www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation
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