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Bosch Community Fund awards $35,000 grant to Kalamazoo RESA for STEM education training

- Grant supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum training through Project Lead The Way for nine teachers

- More than 1,400 Kalamazoo-area students to receive STEM education in 2016-17 school year as result of teacher training

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded a $35,000 grant to the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) for teacher training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. Provided by Project Lead The Way (PTLW), this STEM program enables more than 1,400 Kalamazoo County students to participate in STEM-related activities and projects during the 2016-17 school year.

“It is critically important that we, as a community, help to develop our next generation of innovators,” said Scott McIntyre, director of engineering project management, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. “Proficiency in science, technology and math are necessary in so many areas of our lives, and certainly innovation is one. The STEM programs in Kalamazoo have reached a large number of our students already, and by emphasizing hands-on activities and problem solving, are showing science can be both interesting and fun. We are very pleased to support KRESA as they continue the STEM curriculum training in Kalamazoo.”

The grant continues the Bosch Community Fund’s and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions’ support of the county’s focus on STEM education to develop tomorrow’s workforce. In addition to awarding a grant to aid teacher training, the Bosch Automotive Service Solutions division has provided classroom volunteers to help bridge the gap between STEM education and students’ interest in STEM careers.

Through these activities – training and industry volunteers in classrooms – KRESA strives to increase students’ problem-solving skills. By utilizing STEM-based projects, students are required to think for themselves to solve complex problems. When professionals, such as Bosch associates, visit the classroom, students see real-world applications of these skills and are encouraged to consider STEM-related careers.

The teacher training is given by PLTW, a nonprofit organization providing learning experiences in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science for K-12 students and teachers throughout the U.S. The organization’s efforts empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students.

“Through the generosity of Robert Bosch LLC, learning is very exciting in three school districts in our area,” said Debra Kolberg, STEM Teacher Consultant, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency. “By attending PLTW’s core training sessions, teachers have been given the tools needed to implement a different way for their students to learn: collaboratively, creatively, deeply and with problem solution as the final goal.”

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 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 Kalamazoo RESA for STEM Ed. - October 2016


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