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Bosch Community Fund awards $50,000 to schools in Albion

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

- Since 2012, organizations in the Albion community have received more than $200,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

ALBION, Ind. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded more than $50,000 in grants to three school districts in Albion, Indiana. The grants will increase students’ access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities.

“I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact Bosch Community Fund grants have on the children in our schools,” said Michael Sagan, plant manager at Bosch’s Albion facility. “During visits to several schools, the students demonstrated projects they’ve created thanks to support from the Fund’s grants. It was wonderful to see how excited, proud and knowledgeable they were about their projects. The grants have definitely enhanced the students’ focus and excitement in STEM-related courses.”

The grants support the following programs in Albion:

Central Noble Community Schools

- STEM Lab/Makerspace: This $6,500 grant supports a Makerspace Laboratory at Wolf Lake Elementary School. The lab is a collaborative workspace used by small groups as well as entire classrooms for making, learning, exploring and sharing STEM concepts. Teachers facilitate the learning process while students take the lead in finding their own solutions to real-world problems through activities that draw upon their natural desire to explore and discover.

- Apple® Academy Training: A $5,995 grant is providing support to send staff members who are responsible for professional development activities within the schools to the Apple® Foundations Trainer Academy. Participating staff members will enhance their abilities to provide professional development training in Apple® OS X and related Apple® creativity apps used within the schools.

- Vernier Equipment: A $4,022 grant is going toward the purchase of Vernier sensors, LabQuest® mini hardware and Logger Pro® 3 software for Central Noble Junior and Senior High Schools. This equipment will increase the accuracy of lab work performed in science classrooms, allowing for real-time graph analysis, and will enhance the dynamics of learning through advanced, technological hands-on applications.

East Noble School Corporation

- littleBits®: This $4,999 grant is aiding in the purchase of littleBits® Electronics for Education for Avilla Elementary School. LittleBits®, a platform for easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower invention, will be used by students in first, fourth and sixth grades. The school plans to eventually incorporate littleBits® activities into other grades and after-school programs.

- LEGO® MINDSTORMS®: A $4,496 grant is providing funds to expand South Side Elementary School’s LEGO® STEM program, which was established in 2015 with support from a Bosch Community Fund grant. With this grant, fifth-grade students take the knowledge and skills gained from LEGO® EDUCATION WeDo activities completed in fourth grade and apply them to the MINDSTORMS® kit in which they build and program robots.

- Water Quality Study: For the second year, the Bosch Community Fun supports the East Noble Middle School water quality project. Thanks to the $4,000 grant, participating students develop science skills by performing a variety of water quality tests to discover the physical and chemical properties of area lake water and then use research and problem-solving skills to develop recommendations to reduce water pollution.

- Project Lead the Way: A $3,500 grant is assisting in the implementation of Project Lead the Way at Rome City Elementary School. With the activity, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking as well as how to communicate and collaborate. The project and problem-based curriculum focuses on computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

West Noble School Corporation

- iPad® Technology: A $5,500 grant is aiding in the purchase of iPads for West Noble Primary School. This technology allows teachers to deliver individual instruction needed by each student. The iPads will be used in several capacities, including small groups, work stations and guided reading.

- Outdoor Classroom: A $5,500 grant is supporting an outdoor classroom at West Noble Elementary School. The outdoor classroom originated from a student effort to collect plastic lids to be recycled to create a couple of benches and grew into a community-wide effort. To date, students have collected more than 7,600 pounds of recyclable plastic to fund their project.

- 3D Printing Lab: A $5,494 grant is contributing to the purchase of equipment, materials and software needed to start a 3D-printing course at West Noble Middle School. Having this 3D-printing capability gives 60-100 students annually an opportunity to integrate math, art and technical skills in a collaborative setting. The 3D-printing course is part of an integrated approach in teaching students art and industrial technology.

“Through the generous support of the Bosch grants, East Noble students have the opportunity to engage in science and technology lessons that stretch students’ critical thinking and stimulates natural curiosity and innovation,” said Ann Linson, superintendent, East Noble School Corporation. “Our teachers truly appreciate Bosch’s support of education and Noble County youth.”

Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has provided $204,698 in grants to organizations in the Albion community.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $10 million 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 31,000 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2015. In 2015, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $14 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 $50K to Albion Schools - August 2016

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