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Bosch awards $51,000 to educational organizations in Owatonna, Minnesota

Grants support student involvement in STEM curricula, activities and experiences
- Bosch grants funds to support two local organizations focused on enriching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education

- Grants support students and teachers in the Owatonna Public Schools and South Central College

- With Bosch’s support, local Owatonna students are able to explore, and take interest in, STEM fields

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Today, the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) announced it awarded a total of $51,000 in grants to the Owatonna Public Schools and South Central College Foundation in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 2014. These grants help BCF continue its mission to prepare the workforce of the future for careers in STEM-related fields.

According to Chuck Miklich, vice president – Operations-North America, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, “Bosch and the BCF’s mission is to partner with organizations that help impact STEM education for students and teachers. Owatonna students of all ages now have the opportunity to explore mechatronics and robotics, and we hope this will encourage students to pursue STEM fields. We are excited to continue investing in students here in Minnesota, preparing them for the jobs of the future.”

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

Owatonna Public Schools
- STEM certification for K-12 teachers: This $23,140 grant supports STEM certification for all K-5 teachers through the St. Catherine University’s National Center for STEM Elementary Education (NCSEE). STEM teaching certification requires teachers to successfully complete 12 graduate credits of coursework through St. Catherine University’s NCSEE. The grant will provide the financial resources necessary to fund the first year of the certification program for 15 faculty members.

- U.S. FIRST® Robotics Program: This $1,000 grant supports U.S. FIRST Robotics Team 4624 with its 2015 season and grant-eligible costs.

- U.S. FIRST® LEGO® League mentorship: This $1,860 grant supports the Owatonna High School Robotics Team as they implement U.S. FIRST LEGO League for local elementary students and provide mentorship for the program. The key mission of FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO League is to engage students in STEM skills beyond the classroom, as well as increase access to STEM application opportunities.

South Central College Foundation: This $25,000 grant supports the Mechatronics Academy at South Central College (SCC), and provides the mechatronics training kits used in the training of electrical, programmable logic controllers, hydraulics and mechanical concepts. As part of SCC’s Advanced Manufacturing programs, this Mechatronics Academy enables students to earn college credit, engage with SCC Mechatronics faculty through virtual lectures and conduct practical hands-on lab experiences.

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 $51,000 to educational organizations - March 2015


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