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Bosch Community Fund awards nearly $160,000 in grants to schools and organizations in Plymouth

- Six grants support schools and organizations in Plymouth, Michigan

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

- Since 2012, Plymouth-area organizations have received more than $680,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $159,988 in grants to six community and educational programs in Plymouth, Michigan. The grants enhance science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and environmental sustainability education by funding programs intended to spark excitement in students and community members.

“We are proud to provide continuing support to the Plymouth community for exciting and educational programs that spark and support students’ interest in STEM,” said Maximiliane Straub, CFO and executive vice president of Robert Bosch LLC and chairwoman of the Bosch Community Fund Board of Trustees. “This is a dynamic, thriving community that places tremendous emphasis on providing exceptional education to students.”

The grants support the following programs in Plymouth:

Educational Excellence Foundation (Plymouth-Canton Public Schools)

- STEM program equipment and support: This $93,314 grant builds upon the past five years of support from the Bosch Community Fund to support STEM programming and learning experiences in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The grant supports: school-based robotics teams for elementary and middle school students; elementary STEM activity coordinators; elementary STEM Academy Exploration Days; Project Lead the Way computer science engineering equipment; professional development for high school STEM Academy; and 3D printers for middle schools.

- Enhancement Projects for Miller Woods: A $5,780 grant provides funding for Miller Woods, a 10-acre nature preserve in Plymouth Township, which is owned by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and exists to inspire responsible stewardship of the historic forest through education and community awareness. The grant supports replacing a foot-bridge over a wetland area in the woods and removal of invasive species that endanger native wildflowers and shrubs.

Friends of the Rouge

- Rouge River Education, Restoration and Stewardship: This is the second consecutive year the Bosch Community Fund is supporting the Friends of the Rouge’s environmental education and stewardship efforts in the Rouge River watershed. The 25,000 grant funds the Rouge Education Project, a nationally recognized water-quality monitoring program that annually engages thousands of students in hands-on science education; River Restoration, including Rouge Rescue, one of the nation’s largest annual river clean-up events; and a volunteer monitoring program that engages hundreds of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in hands-on science education while they observe and study the watershed and its wildlife.

- Nature Trail Interpretive Signage for Township Park: This $5,000 grant funds interpretive signage for a seven-acre educational nature trail within Plymouth Township Park. These interpretive signs are used to educate K-12 students on topics such as pollination, wildfire prevention, invasive species, sustaining forestry, and clean and healthy watersheds.

Plymouth Canton District Library

This $15,894 grant funds a variety of hands-on STEM workshops, programs and activities for all ages at the Plymouth District Library. Along with supporting the library’s ongoing collaboration with the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools’ STEM Academy, the library is seeking to expand STEM opportunities for community members by offering programs such as coding, 3D printing and geocaching.

New Morning School

A $15,000 grant supports summer STEM “camperships” for low-income students, ages five to 11, to help curb summer learning loss. The camps provide fast-paced, hands-on, inquiry-based learning to foster interest in STEM and environmental stability scientific concepts. The 2016 camps include LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotics, STEM Science (technology, engineering), Cool Chemistry, Aquatic Ecology (based on Michigan State University’s Project F.I.S.H.) and educational Minecraf®.

“Plymouth-Canton Community Schools cannot thank the Bosch Community Fund enough for the generous grant to continue its support of the STEM programs at P-CCS,” said Monica L. Merritt, superintendent, Plymouth Canton Community Schools. “We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated partner in Bosch. Our STEM programs have been enriched by Bosch’s time and resources, and we are grateful that this collaboration will continue to result in memorable educational experiences for students at all levels.”

Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has provided $689,788 in grants to organizations in the Plymouth 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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BCF Awards $160K to STEM programs in Plymouth - August 2016


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