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Bosch Community Fund awards $35,000 to Burnsville, Minn.-area, schools, organizations

- Five grants support science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and environmental activities

- Programs and resources designed to inspire students in middle and high schools to take an interest in STEM careers

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded five grants totaling $35,000 to Burnsville, Minnesota-area schools and organizations. The grants support a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and eco+STEM programs.

“Bosch is glad to support Burnsville-area organizations that provide opportunities for students in technical fields and environmental sustainability,” said Uwe Thym, senior vice president, Bosch Security Systems. “Engagement and hands-on experience are key to creating enthusiasm for STEM careers and our environment. With these grants we want to promote interest in these topics, which also are of great importance to Bosch.”

Grants were awarded to the following:

- Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191: This $12,000 grant funds the creation of makerspaces in the district’s middle and high school media centers. The makerspace environments provide students with a place to gather and invent, create, collaborate and learn through making. The school district offers four distinct STEM-related career pathways: architecture and construction, manufacturing, design/engineering and technology and engine/automotive technology. The makerspace provides a casual atmosphere to expose students to the skills, processes and projects used in related courses.

- Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs: The $7,000 grant funds pilot after-school STEM clubs for middle- and high-school students. The program provides sixth- through eighth-grade students with the opportunity to do in-depth research, bringing together those who have an interest in scientific research in any STEM discipline. These clubs act are intended to spark an interest in an established, extra-curricular science research program at Burnsville High School.

- Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota: In response to the growing demand for education in wildlife medicine, a $6,000 grant provides funds for a veterinary internship position at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, one of the largest veterinary clinics for injured and orphaned wild animals in the country. The veterinary internship is one of several opportunities provided to prepare the next generation of veterinary professionals to work with wildlife.

- Refuge Friends Inc.: The $5,000 grant supports the Blue Goose Bus Fund, allowing more than 1,500 students in grades K-5 to have transportation for field trips to the outdoor classrooms at the Refuge. During their visit, students participate in hands-on, experiential environmental sustainability activities. These sessions focus on ecology, STEM and nature topics developed by Refuge Environmental Education Rangers.

- Twin Cities Catalyst Music: A $5,000 grant aids the creation of a career exploration program for sound engineering at THE GARAGE, a place where young people can develop knowledge and skills in event production and recording. Two courses – Introduction to Engineering and Beginning Studio Engineering I – provide hands-on music production techniques and an understanding of the role that studio engineering plays in the music industry. This program is designed to lay a foundation for developing a high school sound engineering curriculum for the 2017-18 school year.

“We are redesigning our school district to meet the needs of today’s learners, so that our students are prepared for college and career success in new and exciting ways,” said Joe Gothard, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage ISD 191 superintendent. “We appreciate the support of our neighbor Bosch in helping create real-world work and learning areas and opportunities in our schools.”

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 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 $35K to Burnsville, MN, Schools, Orgs. - October 2016


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