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Bosch Community Fund awards $35,000 to schools in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, for STEM activities

- Grant provides support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) collaboration between area schools

- Science department, curriculum, medical equipment, program expansion earmarked for grant funds

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded a $35,000 grant to Brooklyn Center Community Schools in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The grant supports collaborative efforts between Brooklyn Center Schools Intermediate School District (ISD) 286 and Osseo Area Schools ISD 279 to provide students in both districts with increased access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities.

“STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences,” said Tom McDaniel, president, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology. “People with STEM careers help build communities, transform nations and work to solve some of the most complex problems of today’s world. STEM is becoming more of a priority, and we at Bosch are very proud to be part of that change.”

Funds from the grant support the secondary science departments and the purchase of VEX® Robotics software and curriculum as well as medical equipment for each district’s after-school medical career clubs. VEX® Robotics is the world’s fastest-growing competitive robotics program, where students at all levels develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management by building robots and competing with like-minded students in an intense and exciting environment. The grant also provides for the expansion of the Brooklyn Center Earle Brown Elementary School’s Engineering is Elementary program, which develops engineering literacy.

“We are so grateful for the Bosch Community Fund grant because it provides an opportunity for Brooklyn Center and Osseo Schools to collaborate in immersing our students in hands-on programming in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Mark Bonine, superintendent, Brooklyn Center Community Schools. “We know that when students have the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and relevant curriculum, they will rise to the occasion. We always tell students, ‘Smart isn’t what you are, smart is what you get.’”

"Students in Osseo Area Schools will benefit from the Bosch Community Fund grant by having increased access to state-of-the-art science and technology tools that will help them prepare for college and careers while meeting the demands of our future workforce,” said Dr. Kate Maguire, superintendent Osseo Area School District. “I am delighted to be working in collaboration with the Brooklyn Center School District.”

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 Gives $35,000 to Brooklyn Park, Minn., Schools - March 2016

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