|Grants help establish robotics programs, increase exposure to STEM education and facilitate hands-on learning|
| - The Bosch Community Fund (BCF) grants $50,000 to Florida International University, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Broward College Foundation and Broward County Public Schools.|
- The grants will be awarded to programs that will develop and improve robotics and STEM education initiatives in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
- In total for 2014, the BCF has invested $100,000 in these counties and continues to support STEM and sustainability education in Florida and across the U.S.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida – The Bosch Community Fund (BCF) granted $50,000 for four programs in the Broward and Miami-Dade counties to support robotics and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The grants will go toward programs led by Florida International University, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Broward College Foundation and Broward County Public Schools and will benefit local students and teachers.
According to Jerry Smith, general manager, FHP Manufacturing Company: “At Bosch, we want to partner with the local school systems and universities that are encouraging students to gain hands-on experience with STEM education. The grant applications this year have been extremely high-quality. The programs that we honor today will provide engaging learning opportunities to drive interest in STEM careers and perhaps a future career with Bosch.”
Since 2012, the BCF has worked collaboratively with educational establishments and communities across the U.S. to help advance STEM education and environmental sustainability programs. Each year, teachers submit projects that are evaluated by teams of Bosch and BCF representatives and approximately $3 million in grants are awarded annually.
The grants for the Miami-Dade and Broward Counties will go toward establishing new, and expanding existing programs, targeted at a variety of educational levels:
- Broward Robotics – Building a Pipeline for Robotics in Broward Schools: This program received a grant of $23,000 to support Broward County Public Schools to build a pipeline of students with an interest in STEM. Broward Robotics will provide authentic STEM experiences, through computer science and robotics, for 20 Title I elementary and middle schools that are new to robotics. The grant will also support five robotics teams. In the first year, the program will impact at least 350 students who currently have no access to computer science or robotics initiatives in their schools.
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools STEM Humanoid Robot:
Bosch awarded a $10,000 grant to support the purchase of a NAO Humanoid Robot for the Science, Engineering, Communications and Mathematics Enhancement (SECME) Stars after-school program. This program serves more than 450 K-5 grade school students from four Miami-Dade Title I schools.
The goal of the program is to improve student achievement in all content areas with a focus on STEM. The program activities include: humanoid robot programming and presentations; professional development for teachers; programming opportunities to enhance student coding abilities; project-based learning activities to increase student engagement and performance in science and math; and parent presentations to increase parent engagement in the SECME Stars program.
- Florida International University’s Engineers on Wheels:
A $10,000 grant will support Florida International University's (FIU) Engineers on Wheels program. This program builds on the success of the FIU Engineering Expo, the college's premier outreach event, and will take the Expo into local schools.
Engineers on Wheels will bring the world of engineering and computer science to an estimated 6,500 students in K-12 classrooms through hands-on activities designed to spark students' interest, imagination and intent to pursue further STEM exploration. The format will feature interactive lessons, presentations and experiments led by FIU students.
- Broward College Foundation Project-Based Learning: This $7,000 grant will support Broward College's Teacher Education Program, which will provide project-based learning professional development for nine teachers from three Title I Broward County Middle Schools. Project-based learning provides students with preparation in problem solving and includes students as participants in the instructional process, instead of just receivers of information. This type of active and engaged learning inspires students to acquire a deeper understanding of STEM fields. Approximately 1,500 middle school students will be impacted through this program.
Earlier this year, Bosch awarded $50,000 to support three organizations in The Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties – The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Florida Atlantic University and Miami Dade College North Campus – to support STEM activities.
About the Bosch Community Fund:
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards up to $3 million annually 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.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013. 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. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($61.2 billion). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch invested some 4.5 billion euros ($6.0 billion) in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.
*Due to a change in accounting policies, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. The decision to forego the application of proportionate consolidation affects mainly BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (2013 consolidated sales volume of some $9.7 billion). Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812.
Bosch grants $50,000 to Broward and Miami-Dade - October 2014