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Bosch Community Fund awards nearly $214,000 to schools, organizations in Anderson, South Carolina

- Grants will support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs

- Since 2013, organizations in the Anderson community have received more than $706,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $213,932 in grants to six local programs in Anderson, South Carolina. The grants provide resources for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities.

“We are proud to be part of a company that dedicates so much effort to developing tomorrow’s workforce,” said Randy Bunch, director, human resources, at Bosch’s Anderson facility. “These grants from the Bosch Community Fund are one example of our commitment to provide students with a valuable education to prepare them for a successful future in a STEM field.”

The grants support the following programs in Anderson:

- Anderson District 5: A $62,568 contribution supports two phases of the district’s Eco STEM Discovery Program. Phase one of the program allows up to 120 students to attend Camp Discovery, a two-week summer Eco STEM enrichment program. Phase two is an Eco STEM grant program in which teachers compete to receive grants for implementing STEM projects in their classroom during the school year. Activities in both phases help students gain an understanding of conservation and how it impacts their community and all living organisms.

- Anderson District 3: A $40,000 award is going toward the purchase of iPads for three schools in the district. The iPads will be used for a fifth-grade coding program to enhance students’ scientific thinking and problem solving, as well as for the “Teach the Teachers” and maker space programs.

- Anderson District 2: This $33,909 grant is assisting in teacher training and the purchase of equipment to support the expansion of the advanced placement science program in the district.

- Anderson District 1: This $27,455 contribution supports the purchase of equipment that is necessary to execute student hands-on STEM programming, including FIRST® LEGO® League, VEX® Robotics, and the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Fuel Cell and JetToy Challenges.

- Beautiful Places Alliance: This $25,000 grant is being used for materials and labor to enhance the nature trail for mobility-impaired visitors at Sadlers Creek State Park. A previous Bosch Community Fund grant supported environmental education signage on the path.

- Anderson District 4: This $25,000 grant is helping the district’s professional development in the STEMulating I3 (Inquiry, Investigation and Innovation) program, which engages students in a variety of STEM activities in the classroom, on field trips and in competitions. The grant also supports student participation in Anderson-Oconee-Pickets Regional Education Consortium events, Clemson University engineering camps, FIRST® Robotics competitions and STEM-related field experiences.

“Bosch’s support allows us to hold Camp Discovery, our most popular summer program, as well as reach all 23 of our schools through our teacher grant program,” said Tom Wilson, superintendent, Anderson District 5. “Because of their support, all of our schools will have the ability to implement Eco-STEM projects in their classrooms, truly making an impact on all 13,000 of our students.”

Since 2013, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $706,000 in grants to organizations in the Anderson community.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards more than $3.5 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). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 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. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. 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 Awards $214,000 to Anderson, SC, Schools - May 2016

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