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Bosch grants $60,000 to advance STEM and sustainability in three Wisconsin communities

Schools and organizations in New Richmond, Shell Lake and Hudson, Wisconsin, advance interest in science, technology, engineering and math
- Bosch grants funds to support six local organizations focused on enriching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and advancing environmental sustainability initiatives

- Grants support students and teachers in three Wisconsin school districts

- Two projects focused on environmental sustainability receive grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Today, the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) announced it awarded a total of $60,240 in grants to six organizations in New Richmond, Shell Lake and Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2014. These grants helped BCF continue its mission to prepare the workforce of the future for careers in STEM-related fields and environmental sustainability.

According to Alexander Schmitz, general manager, Bosch Packaging Technology Inc., “Bosch and the BCF’s mission is to work with organizations in our local plant communities to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. These grants are helping New Richmond, Shell Lake and Hudson students gain hands-on experience in projects that will advance their STEM skills, as well as their interest in sustainability. We are excited to continue investing in students here in Wisconsin and to aid in preparing them for the jobs of the future.”

The following grants provided opportunities for students to explore STEM education through interactive, hands-on activities in their local community:

- New Richmond High School: This $19,000 grant supports the construction of an outdoor classroom at New Richmond High School. In conjunction with the WeatherBug Weather Station that was supported by a 2012 grant from the BCF, this outdoor classroom enables the school to offer an integrated curriculum that develops an appreciation and understanding of natural resources, conservation and sustainability.

- New Richmond School District: This $7,000 grant supported For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Team 5595 NRHS Tigers to cover grant-eligible costs for their 2015 season, including robot build expenses.

- New Richmond Community Foundation: This $6,500 grant supports a gravel-bed nursery for the City of New Richmond. The goal of this project is to create a cost-effective and sustainable way to grow new trees for planting within the community. Additionally, it gives local students and community members an opportunity to participate in the planting and growing process to gain a better understanding of the environmental impact of trees.

- Shell Lake School District: This $12,000 grant supports the purchase of a plasma cutter for the Agricultural Education Program at Shell Lake School District, thereby helping to update the metals curriculum. The plasma cutter uses Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to fabricate metals.

- Hudson High School: This $5,740 grant supported a forensics course at Hudson High School’s STEM+ Academy. This course allows students to apply what they have learned in chemistry and biology courses. These hands-on experiences will appeal to the students because of their real-world applications and relevance. The academy’s goal is to expose students to a variety of STEM careers and to provide rigorous and relevant STEM courses for the students.

- Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District: This $10,000 grant supports a College Student Applied Academics Internship program designed to integrate classroom education and real-life field training and experience for college students studying natural resources. Students implement and learn skills that complement their educational curriculum and complete valuable work on public lands in the Wetland Management District. This program is in close coordination with several universities, including the University of Minnesota. The 10- to 12-week-long internships are a partnership among the Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the St. Croix River Association, which will also be providing fiscal support for the internships.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards up to $3 million annually in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

About Bosch
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 25,000 associates in more than 100 locations. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, according to preliminary figures. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 290,000 associates generated sales of 48.9 billion euros ($65 billion) in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic goal is to deliver innovations for connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Bosch grants $60,000 for STEM, sustainablity - March 2015


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