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Bosch Community Fund awards $70,000 to area schools, organizations in New Richmond, Shell Lake, Wisc.

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

- Since 2012, New Richmond and Shell Lake area organizations have received nearly $300,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $70,000 in grants to eight programs in the New Richmond and Shell Lake, Wisconsin, communities. The grants provide support for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities including curriculum, internships and FIRST® Robotics.

“I am excited that Bosch Packaging Technology Inc. can continue to support our communities in New Richmond and Shell Lake to get access to grants from the Bosch Community Fund,” said Alexander Schmitz, general manager, Bosch Packaging Technology Inc. “It feels great to be able to support students with investments in their future and to protect our environment and nature. That’s exactly in line with our company’s philosophy, Bosch – Invented for Life.”

The grants support the following programs in New Richmond and Shell Lake:

- New Richmond School District:

- A $14,349 award supports implementing Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs and computer-integrated manufacturing programs at New Richmond Middle School. Based on the success of previous PLTW programs supported by the Bosch Community Fund grants at New Richmond High School, the district is expanding the curriculum to middle school students. PLTW provides hands-on, project-based K-12 STEM programs with an emphasis on problem solving.

- A $10,000 award provides FIRST® Robotics Team 5595 with resources for the 2016-17 season. Participants, with the help of community mentors and teachers, build robots and compete against other teams locally, regionally and nationally. Benefits of participation include an increased interest in STEM topics, as well as leadership, team and project management skills.

- Shell Lake School District: This $11,994 grant aids in the implementation of several hands-on science exploration programs used by students in grades 7-12. The hands-on science program promotes critical thinking necessary for Next Generation Science standards, and develops higher-level thinking focused on the analytical branches of forensic and food sciences. Through the hydroponics, aquaphonics and sustainable food program, students learn how to freeze, dehydrate, cure and process foods, as well as the science behind each. Also supported by the grant is the second year of drone and robotic interface investigation and coatings research activities in STEM and art (STEAM) classes.

- Central Lakes College Foundation: The $8,100 grant will support the Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEaM) Camp for students in grades 6-12. Campers get hands-on experience with mechanics, electronics, motor controllers, manufacturing machining and robotic automated systems by building their own robots that will compete in various activities at the end of the week-long camp. Participants also tour a local manufacturing plant to see the concepts they learn at camp in the process and workflow involved in making a product.

- Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District: This $7,500 award provides resources for the STEM College Student Internship, which promotes field-based development of STEM skills while exposing students to real-world experiential learning. During the 12-week internship, three students receive training on a variety of skills not taught in the classroom, but necessary for biological and natural resources careers. Specific activities include restoring wetlands, seeding 30 acres of an oak savanna habitat, treating 20 acres of invasive species and evaluating eight butterfly habitat patches.

- New Richmond Area Community Foundation:

- A $7,200 grant helps establish a Geographic Information Science internship within the New Richmond Public Works Department. The intern uses conservation, technology, statistics and science knowledge to help complete the ongoing public tree inventory. Once complete, the intern will generate a report that identifies areas of concern, tracks emerald ash borers and provides a health assessment on the City of Richmond’s tree population.

- A $5,857 grant supports the New Richmond School District Farm designed to promote STEM education and sustainability for students and families within the community. The 20-acre farm, a collaboration among the city, airport and school district, produces locally grown food for use in school lunches (surplus is sold to the community); provides students with hands-on learning activities in soil, animal and food science taught by STEM professionals; and gives community members a place to spend time outdoors.

- Kiap Tu Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited: The $5,000 award helps replace the Parker Creek’s 35th Avenue culvert to remove impoundment, decrease water temperature and reverse the loss of a trout-spawning habitat within the stream. The narrower, deeper stream will have exposed gravel areas for spawning of Parker Creek and Apple River trout. Local high school students will survey the stream for flow, temperature, pH, water clarity and more pre- and post-replacement, giving them hands-on experience with concepts learned in the classroom.

“New Richmond is blessed to have Bosch located in our community. They have supported several of our programs over the last three years with grants to the New Richmond Area Community Foundation,” said Paul Mayer, director and past chair, New Richmond Area Community Foundation. “This year’s grants to support the city-wide tree survey and the New Richmond School District Farm will provide benefits well into the future and will help lay the foundation for two exciting projects. We thank them for their faith in what we do.”

Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to organizations in the New Richmond and Shell Lake communities.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $12 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 1, 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 $70K to New Richmond, Shell Lake, Wisc. - December 2016


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