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Bosch Community Fund awards $180,000 in grants to schools and organizations in Farmington/ Farmington Hills

- Seven grants support schools and organizations in Farmington/Farmington Hills

- Grants fund programs that foster student growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability

- Since 2012, organizations in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community have received more than $650,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $180,000 in grants to seven community and educational programs in Farmington/Farmington Hills, Michigan. The grants provide resources and support to increase student access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities.

“By teaming up with local organizations, the Bosch Community Fund can help ignite and maintain students’ interest in STEM subjects and careers,” said Maximiliane Straub, CFO and executive vice president of Robert Bosch LLC, and chairwoman of the Bosch Community Fund Board of Trustees. “We are honored to be a part of a community that dedicates resources and effort toward developing the workforce of the future.”

The grants support the following programs:

Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation

- K-12 STEM Education in Farmington Public Schools:
An $88,462 grant provides support for STEM programs in Farmington Public Schools (FPS). The programs include: Engineering is Elementary STEM initiatives, which target at least three FPS elementary schools for staff training and student support programs; scholarships for Camp Invention® where 20 underrepresented students have hands-on opportunities to practice exploratory science and invention; Tech Girls STEM programming and practical applications for middle and high school girls; a summer math transition program targeting low-achieving, minority students entering ninth grade who are interested in math and science; a variety of Project Lead the Way programs for teachers and students; educational field trips for fourth-grade students to study ecosystems and arts and science at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; STEMersion programming, which exposes middle and high school students and parents to industry applications of STEM learning in schools; and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® league formation and support at three elementary schools.

- Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) program:
For four years, the Bosch Community Fund has supported the BEST competitive teacher grant program for Farmington Public Schools. This year’s $16,500 grant facilitates teacher grants that support the implementation of innovative STEM and environmental sustainability classroom projects, which provide students with hands-on learning opportunities.

Xemplar Club:
This $39,390 grant is the final installment of a three-year commitment of support from the Bosch Community Fund for the City of Farmington Hills, the City of Farmington, Farmington Public Schools and other community stakeholders to participate in the Georgetown University Energy Prize multi-year competition. The competition spurs innovative approaches for communities to decrease their per-capita energy usage; highlight best practices for communities by working with utilities, businesses and local governments to create and implement inventive plans for sustained energy efficiency; and educate the public and engage students in energy efficiency issues including methods, benefits and the environmental costs of the full fuel cycle.

Farmington YMCA:
A $13,390 grant underwrites the robotics and makerspace programming at YMCA Camp Riley, a nine-week summer camp providing academic and social/emotional instruction for at-risk Farmington Public Schools’ elementary students.

Friends of the Park:
This $10,000 grant benefits the Farmington Hills community by providing for the purchase of interpretive signage for an outdoor education trail at Heritage Park. This signage educates community members about environmental stewardship, restoration efforts, watershed features, and invasive and native plants.

Farmington Community Library:
This $6,958 grant aids in the purchase of activity kits for the library’s interactive STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) programs. The new materials provide activities for both drop-in and scheduled programming for children in the community. The grant also supports the purchase of technology-based adaptive tools that allows those with special needs to make a connection with technology.

Peace, Love & Planet (PLP):
A $5,300 grant supports the continuation of PLP’s sixth-grade recycling field trips. As a Bosch Community Fund grant recipient since 2014, PLP has sent more than 1,700 Farmington Public School sixth-graders on educational field trips that enhance understanding about materials, what can be recycled, how they are processed, and why recycling is imperative for environmental protection.

“We are grateful for the continued support the Bosch Community Fund provides to the Farmington Public Schools’ students and staff,” said George Heitsch, superintendent, Farmington Public Schools. “The support it provides is impacting students every day.”

Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has provided $659,187 in grants to organizations in the Farmington/Farmington Hills 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, and

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.”

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Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1095

BCF Awards $180K in grants to Farmington Orgs 2016 - August 2016


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