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Bosch awards $79,500 to educational organizations in Berrien County

Grants support student involvement in STEM curricula, activities and experiences
- Bosch commits funds to support seven local organizations focused on enriching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and advancing environmental sustainability initiatives

- Grants support students and teachers at schools throughout local communities

- With Bosch’s support, local students are able to explore and develop interest in STEM and environmental fields from an early age

- In 2014, Bosch awarded grants totaling $79,500 to organizations in St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and greater Berrien, Cass and Van Buren County communities

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan– Today, the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) announced it has awarded $79,500 to seven educational organizations in St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and the greater Berrien, Cass and Van Buren County communities, continuing its mission to prepare the workforce of the future for careers in STEM-related fields and support environmental sustainability.

According to Pam Duerksen, manager, human resources, Chassis Systems Control division of Robert Bosch LLC: “We are excited to partner with the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and the greater Berrien, Cass and Van Buren County communities, to continue investing in the future of Michigan students. These grants are funding high-quality STEM education so that students can explore these fields from an early age and, hopefully, these experiences will encourage children to pursue environmental and STEM-related careers in the future.”

These grants provide local students with opportunities to explore STEM education through interactive, hands-on activities in their community. Bosch helps foster student interest in experiential learning through opportunities that encourage the pursuit of higher education and STEM-related fields. The grants will support the following seven programs:

- Benton Harbor Area Schools: This $8,974 grant supports the Probing into Science program, intended to expand science instruction in the Benton Harbor school district. The program allows instructors to teach real-world science application skills, including environmental awareness and stewardship, and renewable energy and sustainability.

- Cornerstone Alliance: This $3,161 supports the purchase of a “Little Bits” pro library to be used at the first annual Berrien County Maker Faire, a venue to connect local manufacturing and engineering firms with youth through hands-on exhibits that showcase what is made in the local community. Little Bits are components that allow students to learn and prototype with electronics, from basic concepts like power and sensors, to complex items using programming and wireless technology. The Little Bits pro library will be used as a workstation at the Maker Faire, and then permanently housed at the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (RESA), allowing it to be checked out by all schools in the county.

- Kinexus: This $10,000 grant supports the Kinexus Get SET: Manufacturing Training Program that recruits under-skilled or unemployed members of the community to enroll in a six-week training course teaching basic CNC machining, equipment inspection and software skills. Trainees who complete the program will be qualified candidates for entry-level CNC machinist positions with regional manufacturers.

- Lake Michigan College Foundation: This $50,000 grant, provided over five years, supports the Capital Campaign for Tomorrow for the Hanson Technology Center. When completed, the center will encourage students to explore opportunities for careers in manufacturing and energy, support the development of high-quality education and training programs, and provide and expand on new programs.

- The Lakeshore Excellence Foundation: This $2,000 grant supports U.S. FIRST Robotics Team 4237: Lance-a-bot, and grant-eligible costs with its 2015 season.

- Southwestern Michigan College: This $2,865 grant supports Southwestern Michigan College’s STEM Club Elementary School Outreach program, which develops hands-on science and math activities for elementary schools in Cass County.

- St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation: This $2,500 grant supports U.S. FIRST Robotics Team 3620: The Average Joes, and grant-eligible costs with its 2015 season.

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 awards $79,500 to educational organizations - February 2015


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