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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $273,000 to schools, organizations in Charleston, S.C., area

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

- Since 2013, organizations in Charleston have received more than $500,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $273,441 in grants to nine programs in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. The grants will provide resources for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities.

“We are proud to be involved in Bosch’s efforts to develop tomorrow’s workforce,” said Larry Lautenschlager, senior vice president of manufacturing, Bosch’s Charleston facility. “These grants from the Bosch Community Fund allow us to exemplify the company’s commitment to communities by supporting activities that are valuable to students, teachers and the entire Charleston area.”

The grants support the following programs in Charleston:

- Dorchester Two Educational Foundation: This $130,000 contribution is being divided in two ways: $40,000 is going toward the Inaugural Teaching Innovation Awards administered by the district; and the remainder is for purchasing science lab equipment, including microscopes, calculators, notebooks and robotics kits used in STEM education, for all grade levels.

- Carolina Green Fair: A $25,000 award supports the Green Fair Community Stewardship Project, which provides opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to make a positive change in their community. Participants develop ideas and then research, budget and create an implementation plan to bring their idea to fruition.

- Trident Technical College: This $25,000 contribution aids the “Learn STEAM, Teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math)” program that engages underrepresented students, specifically first-generation and African-American high school students, in learning and applying advanced STEAM concepts. The program will provide students with training for and participation in robotics competitions; technology and instructional time to learn coding and computer science; and the opportunity for high school students to teach middle schoolers about STEAM concepts. Up to 60 high school students and up to 30 middle school students will benefit from the program.

- Berkeley County School District: A $23,666 award supports four district-wide projects, including makerspaces; an eco+STEM summer camp; integrating technology in the science curriculum; and showing high school students the physics behind safe driving.

- Charleston County Schools: This $19,535 grant is helping to provide scientific analysis equipment as well as transportation for students participating in the Problem-Based Eco Exploration Learning (PEEL) program. PEEL engages students in experiential learning and investigative research on local environmental and sustainability issues using STEM principles and skills to eco-problem solve with teachers and community partners.

- Eagle Harbor Ranch: This $18,000 grant supports the implementation of a STEM strategy for a sustainable campus and wetlands conservation. Eagle Harbor Ranch provides shelter and refuge for children who are orphaned, neglected, abused or abandoned.

- 4-H of Beaufort County: A $12,500 grant is being used to add programming in the areas of sensor/GPS technology as it relates to robotics, GPS/GIS (geographic information system) and videography within the Science on the Move 4-H program. Established by the Clemson University Extension Service, the program focuses on traditional 4-H topics while equipping participants with skills needed for a future in the STEM workforce.

- Dorchester School District 4: A $10,290 grant is going toward the purchase of 45 Samsung Chromebooks to be used by 200 third-grade students as part of the district’s Keyboarding for Early Youths (KEY) program. The KEY program is designed to provide students with instruction in alphabetic keyboarding. In addition, online education resources and activities will give students instruction and practice using navigation. Engaging students with these skills at an early age will prepare them for online courses and for taking online state-mandated and district-based testing.

- Be a Mentor: This $9,450 contribution supports the Basics Boosters program, which matches adult tutors with elementary students to improve their academic skills in fundamental subjects. Specifically, the grant is going toward the math and science curriculum and training costs.

“Bosch is at the forefront of collaborating business and education,” said Jennifer Crosby, executive director, Dorchester Two Educational Foundation. “This gift represents Bosch’s commitment to providing innovative education opportunities for students, building a future workforce and strengthening our community. Bosch’s gift will serve as a catalyst for future partnerships that will continue to have long-term results.”

Since 2013, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to organizations in the Charleston community.

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

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