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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $56,000 grant to Ann Arbor Public Schools for Project Lead The Way programming

- Grant supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through Project Lead The Way curriculum

- First Bosch Community Fund grant awarded to support organizations in Ann Arbor community

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded its inaugural grant supporting organizations in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, community. The $56,826 grant to Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) allows for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programming at alternative AAPS high schools.

“Bosch is proud to support the students and teachers of AAPS engaged in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs,” said Vivek Jaikamal, director of engineering for ETAS, a subsidiary of the Bosch Group. “We hope this grant helps Community and Pathways programs to provide more students the targeted learning experiences they need to develop skills and cultivate their ability to solve complex problems.”

As a result of the Bosch Community Fund grant, an increased number of students at Pathways and Community High Schools are exposed to STEAM programming through PLTW curriculum. To meet the standards of other high schools, STEAM learning spaces in the two high schools are undergoing renovation, including upgrading of lighting, electrical and dust-collection systems, technology, storage and adaptable furniture.

The grant also provides support to the schools’ integrated science curriculum through the purchase of fuel cell vehicles, enhancing energy and environmental units, and giving Pathways the ability to purchase robotics materials to support the robotics engineering curriculum. The AAPS district will collect research and data from these programs to determine best practices to share with other schools in the district.

For more than two years, PLTW curriculum and STEAM initiatives and opportunities have grown at AAPS alternative campuses, including Pathways and Community High Schools. These schools also offer extended hours for students who need credit-recovery and extension-learning opportunities.

“On behalf of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the Bosch Community Fund for awarding our district this inaugural grant in support of STEAM programming at our two alternative high schools,” said Jeanice K. Swift, Ph.D., superintendent of schools, Ann Arbor Public Schools. “We are thrilled to welcome our friends at the Bosch Community Fund in partnership with our Ann Arbor Public Schools family and appreciate the resources given us to support our work in preparing students for a future that has yet to be imagined. Thank you Bosch Community Fund for your support of the Ann Arbor Public Schools.”

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 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 $56,000 grant to Ann Arbor Schools - December 2016


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