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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $67,000 to community schools, organization in New Richmond and Shell Lake, Wisconsin

- Grants earmarked for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs

- Since 2012, New Richmond and Shell Lake organizations have received more than $200,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded more than $67,000 in grants to six programs in New Richmond and Shell Lake, Wisconsin. The grants provide resources for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities.

“Developing tomorrow’s workforce and protecting our environment are key areas in which we as a company put tremendous effort,” said Alexander Schmitz, president, Bosch Packaging Technology Inc. “These Bosch Community Fund grants provide students in our community with valuable, education and awareness programs in each of these areas.”

The grants support the following programs in New Richmond and Shell Lake:

- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College: A $21,000 grant is providing mechatronics kits/trainers to the college’s packaging program. With these resources, students in the Automated Packaging Systems Technician program are introduced to the beginning concepts of mechatronics and the associated components.

- New Richmond School District: This $12,000 award supports the continuation of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs at New Richmond High School and add PLTW computer-integrated manufacturing programs. PLTW provides hands-on, project-based K-12 STEM programs with an emphasis on problem solving.

- Shell Lake School District: A $12,000 grant is allowing for the introduction of robotics and basic programming at Shell Lake High School, and will provide the basis for developing student understanding of robotics and future exploration in the uses of robotics. Each of the robotics kits support multiple purposes that will be used across grades 7-12.

- Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District: This $7,500 contribution is going toward the Applied Academic Internship/Prairie Plug Project, which links various local non-profit organizations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and land managers, and high school students and college interns through experiential learning projects, career training, educational opportunities and research.

- Central Lakes College: A $7,500 grant will support a Summer Engineering and Manufacturing Camp hosted by Central Lakes College. The week-long camp will host 30-36 campers ages 10-16, who will be introduced to manufacturing career areas such as mechanical design, machining, electronics and robot programming.

- New Richmond Area Community Foundation: This $7,107 award is going toward the purchase of educational LEGO® and technology products for the New Richmond Public Library. The LEGO®-based curriculum includes STEM activities for K-12 students and supports the library’s goal of inspiring children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching STEM concepts through hands-on learning.

“Learning is our passion, and nothing exemplifies this more than when we have the opportunity to provide new resources to our students,” said Nancy Cerritos, academic dean – IT, automation, broadband technologies, agricultural power, and marine and outdoor power products, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. “Thanks to the Bosch Community Fund grant, we can introduce mechatronics to our students, providing them with additional knowledge and skills.”

Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to organizations in New Richmond and Shell Lake.

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 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of more than $77 billion (70 billion euros) in 2015. 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 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 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 2015, Bosch applied for some 5,400 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations 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.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com and twitter.com/BoschPresse.

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1095



BCF Grants $67,000 to Wisconsin Area Schools - March 2016

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