A new program that helps incoming 9th graders make a successful transition to Burnsville High School will get an added boost next year thanks to a grant from the Bosch Community Fund.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Summer Academy – launched in the summer of 2019 by District 191 Community Education and Target Services – provides students with a four-week learning experience that includes service learning, language arts, and engineering, including 3-D printing, vinyl cutting, drone programming and flying, bridge building and robotics.
The classes take place entirely at Burnsville High School, giving participants the chance to experience the school before they officially start 9th grade. Students can also earn up to two elective credits through the Academy — one in STEM writing and up to one in service learning — which count toward graduation.
The Bosch grant will provide $12,500 to support the Academy and to support STEM programming at District 191 middle schools, aiming to increase interest among students about to enter high school.
“We are very appreciative of our Bosch neighbors in Burnsville and the support they are providing,” said Director of Strategic Partnerships and Pathways Kathy Funston, who led the grant writing effort. Bosch is a technology communications and engineering company located across the street from Burnsville High School.
This is not the first time the Bosch Community Fund has positively impacted students.
The Bosch Community Fund has supported District 191 over the past five years with more than $65,000. Projects in District 191 that further both the Bosch vision of STEM and environmental education, and align with Vision One91 include industry work spaces, STEM software and other engineering tools, 3-D printers for middle schools, environmental sampling and analysis equipment, and teacher collaboration with industry professionals to implement real-world curricula.
This is one of several grants received in the fall of 2019 by District 191, totaling more than $135,000. Other grants include funding to support manufacturing pathways at BHS, provide transportation for all eleventh grade students to attend the national college fair, and explore the possibility of creating an associate's degree program for 11th- and 12th-grade students at Burnsville High School.