|- Grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs|
- Since 2013, organizations in the Fountain Inn area have received more than $350,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $147,200 in grants to four programs in the Fountain Inn, South Carolina, area. The grants provide resources for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and activities.
“As a manufacturing facility, we care about the development of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager of Bosch’s Fountain Inn facility. “We are a proud member of this community and happy that the Bosch Community Fund provides support in preparing students for careers in STEM-related fields.”
The grants support the following programs in Fountain Inn:
- Greenville County Schools: This $60,000 contribution supports the purchase of a mobile manufacturing lab, which will be rotated among the county’s 20 middle schools. With this lab, more than 16,000 students will have the opportunity to experience advanced manufacturing with equipment such as an inventory feeding station, a programmable logic controller (PLC) and an inspection and indexing station.
- Greenville Tech Foundation: A $62,500 grant is going toward the purchase of equipment and licenses for a hydraulics and pneumatic simulation lab, which is part of Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation campus scheduled to open in fall 2016.
- The Children’s Museum of the Upstate: This $20,000 grant is assisting in the implementation of six STEM-focused, hands-on programs for more than 9,000 students to pique their interest in STEM and ultimately support the STEM workforce pipeline. Program activities include: Rad Lab, a free, public program designed for children and families to participate in hands-on science experiments together; a one-day Maker Fest event to provide children the opportunity to tinker, design, invent, imagine, and experiment through building and reworking their own original creations; STEM summer camps; and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics LEGO® League.
- Laurens District 55 High School: This $4,700 award provides the opportunity for students in the Carolina Alliance for Technology program at Clinton High School and Laurence District 55 high school to attend summer STEM experience programs. Ten girls will participate in Piedmont Technical Center’s Girls Achieving in Technology and Engineering (G.A.T.E.) program, while another 50 students will attend Piedmont Technical College’s Science Camp.
“We are extremely appreciative of the very generous grant from the Bosch Community Fund,” said W. Burke Royster, Ph.D., superintendent, Greenville County Schools. “Each year the mobile manufacturing lab provided by this grant will afford over 16,000 middle school students a real-world view of today’s manufacturing. As Greenville County Schools work to educate the workforce of the future, enhancing awareness of the quality and quantity of high-paying manufacturing jobs found right here in the Upstate is of critical importance. This lab will provide opportunities to expose students to manufacturing environments, without the time and logistical concerns that come with transporting them to a separate location.”
Since 2013, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $350,000 in grants to organizations in Fountain Inn.
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.
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.
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BCF Awards Fountain Inn, S.C., Schools STEM Grants - March 2016