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Bosch Community Fund awards $70,000 to community schools, organizations in St. Joseph, Mich., area

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

- Since 2014, St. Joseph-area organizations have received more than $167,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded eight grants totaling $70,000 to support programs in the St. Joseph, Michigan, area. The grants will provide resources for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and activities.

“We are proud to be part of a company that dedicates so much effort to develop tomorrow’s workforce,” said Robert Spaargaren, plant manager, Bosch St. Joseph facility. “These grants from the Bosch Community Fund are one example of providing students with a valuable education to prepare them for a successful future in a STEM field.”

The grants support the following programs in the St. Joseph area:

- St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation:

- A $15,924 grant provides resources for staff development and related materials needed to implement Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum for grades 6-8 at Upton Middle School. PLTW study units include energy and the environment, magic of electrons, medical detectives, and flight and space, giving students real-world, hands-on experiences in problem solving.

- Two grants, totaling $20,000, were awarded to robotics teams. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®)Robotics Team 3620 and Team 4237 each received a $10,000 grant to support their 2016-17 seasons. 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 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics, as well as leadership, team and project management skills.

- Lake Michigan College Foundation: This $10,000 award is the third payment of a five-year grant to the Campaign for Tomorrow capital campaign for the Hanson Technology Center at Lake Michigan College. This venue will help establish manufacturing as a critical component in southwest Michigan’s economy by promoting manufacturing careers, developing manufacturing training and programs, and expanding resources to area businesses.

- Benton Harbor Area Schools: The $7,575 grant helps provide a hands-on plants greenhouse at the district’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) Academy. Students in grades 3-5 work with teachers, parents and community members to refurbish the greenhouse, which will serve as a resource for hands-on, inquiry-based lessons based on gardening and agriculture skills and incorporating math and science concepts.

- Southwestern Michigan College (SMC): This $7,300 grant will support an August 2017 summer STEM camp at SMC for upper-elementary students. During the three, day-long camps, 300 students will participate in activities focusing on the individual STEM elements. Teachers and SMC faculty will develop content and train high school students to be camp mentors/counselors and facilitate the activities. Campers will see what a college campus is like while gaining fundamental STEM skills and learning about STEM careers.

- Cornerstone Alliance: A $6,442 grant will, for the third year, provide resources for the 2017 Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire. This year’s grant supports the purchase of equipment for five classrooms to participate in the EduDrone Challenge at the event. Students create detailed plans for a course of four to eight mini-challenges that their drone will navigate. In addition to the to-scale plan, students write a creative narrative describing their course. Plans are shared among participating classrooms, and students attempt to re-create the course described in the plan.

- Lakeshore Public Schools: The $2,759 grant supports the purchase of computers and equipment to create a FIRST® LEGO® League Maker’s Room in Lakeshore Middle School (LMS). The room will provide a dedicated space for the FLL team’s activities and other associated “Maker” projects. FLL activities are designed to stimulate students’ interest in STEM by applying real-world math and science concepts, critical thinking, team building and presentation skills.

“Cornerstone Alliance is grateful to the Bosch Community Fund for its continued and generous support of the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire,” said Rob Cleveland, president, Cornerstone Alliance. “This event is now in its third year, and because of the funding from Bosch, Cornerstone Alliance, in partnership with Berrien RESA, is allowing Berrien County students the opportunity to be part of the EduDrone Challenge. This will foster collaboration, creativity and competition among students. These types of activities certainly help shape the Berrien County’s future workforce.”

Since 2014, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $167,000 in grants to organizations in the St. Joseph area.

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 St. Joseph, MI, schools, Orgs. - December 2016

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