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Bosch Community Fund awards four grants totaling $50,000 to southern Florida youth organizations and colleges

- Grant supports robotics summer camp, including new drone component, at Miami Dade College

- Florida Atlantic University grant supports Engineering Scholars Program for 150 high school students

- Grant funds Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s Robotics Exploratory Program

- Bosch Community Fund awards grant to Jim & Jan Moran Boys & Girls Club to support CODEbar program for at-risk youth

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently granted four organizations a total of $50,000 to support and advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in southern Florida.

“It’s critical that we contribute to the development of STEM careers in the future workforce,” said Tonya Williams, HR Manager at Bosch’s Florida Heat Pump manufacturing plant. “By teaming up with different educational groups, Bosch is helping to ignite students’ interest in STEM education through various projects, including those focused on robotics, engineering and coding.”

Miami Dade College : This $12,500 grant supports the addition of one week to Miami Dade College’s Robotics Summer Camp and includes a new drone component. This is the second year the Bosch Community Fund will support Miami Dade College’s Robotics Summer Camp, which teaches students how to assemble robots using LEGO ® MINDSTORMS ® NXT programmable robotics kits; how to program using National Instruments LabVIEW system design software; and how to use Arduino programming software. Also, camp attendees will gain exposure to SolidWorks©, a solid modelling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software program, and learn how to design 3-D objects. The new drone component will provide advanced content, such as mobile application development; drone building; and other related technologies.

Florida Atlantic University : This $12,500 grant supports Florida Atlantic University’s Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) offered in the summer to approximately 150 high school students in Broward and Palm Beach counties. This is the second year the Bosch Community Fund has supported this program. Tuition is waived for qualified students, allowing those who may not have been able to afford the program to participate. ESP provides critical resources not available in secondary education programs, which sets this program apart from many other pre-collegiate initiatives. The program’s goals are to prepare students for the challenges of post-secondary education; assist students with successfully completing a dual enrollment three-credit course; and help them to build student self-efficacy in STEM with regard to college and career opportunities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County : This $12,500 grant supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s 30-week Robotics Exploratory Program. This is the second year the Bosch Community Fund will support this program, which provides members with a series of hands-on lessons that use educational resources combined with team-building situations. Each week, the robotics program instructor covers scientific topics comprising the definition of a robot, algorithmic robotic thinking, locomotion and manipulation. The curriculum supports beginning robotics students with a dual emphasis on robotics programming and standards‐based academic STEM concepts. Students follow up their prototype work with a robotics investigation to experiment with the robot’s motors, sensors and programming.

Jan & Jim Moran Boys & Girls Club : This $12,500 grant supports the CODEbar Program, providing at-risk youth members with an engaging, hands-on science program that explores computer programming at the beginner level. During the 10-week program, 20 members, ages 11-18, will learn STEM concepts through an introduction to coding program. The CODEbar program gives members basic knowledge of computer science and programming, propelling them toward obtaining a degree and being equipped for a career.

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 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 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. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros 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 roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, 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 objective is to create solutions for a 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.”

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32850

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been fully acquired.


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