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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $61,000 in grants to area schools, organizations in Charlotte, N.C.

- Eight grants support science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programming

- Funds support the development of students, teachers and organizations in the Charlotte area

- Since 2013, schools and organizations in the Charlotte area have received more than $335,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded eight grants totaling $61,539 to schools and organizations in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. The grants support science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and environmental sustainability activities.

“Bosch and Bosch Rexroth here in Charlotte are big believers in STEM education and environmental sustainability,” explains Mark Rohlinger, plant technical director for Bosch Rexroth’s Charlotte site. “We are fortunate to have the Bosch Community Fund available to us to help support these great organizations in the Charlotte area. Everyone here is proud to be part of it, and proud to provide additional support through volunteer time. Since making robots is what we do here, we need future technicians and engineers to help us do that. What’s more, by working directly with young people, we can pass along the Bosch values of responsibility and sustainability.”

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- MeckEd:
- A $15,000 grant marks the continuation of support for MeckEd programming in Charlotte: STEMersion for Teachers and STEMersion for Students and Parents. To bridge the gap between industry and education, both programs introduce eighth- and ninth-grade students, teachers and families to industry partners, explaining the practical application of STEM skills in the workforce. In the 2015-2016 school year, MeckEd worked with more than 40 teachers to provide 1,724 Charlotte-area students with STEM education.
- This $5,000 grant funds stipends for five teachers to attend the two-week STEMersion summer program for educators in the Charlotte area. The program improves teacher content knowledge, making connections between STEM and real-world applications and helping educators better understand how science, math, and career and tech education (CTE) align to STEM curricula in school. This grant marks the sixth grant from the Bosch Community Fund to MeckEd and its program for teachers, parents and students.

- Olympic High School Foundation: This $10,000 grant provides Olympic For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) Robotics Team 4935 with resources for robot- and field-build expenses associated with its 2016-2017 season. With the help of community mentors and teachers, participants build robots and compete against other teams locally, regionally and nationally. FIRST Robotics provides students with opportunities for hands-on STEM experiences. Benefits of participation include an increased interest in STEM topics, as well as leadership, team and project management skills.

- Olympic High School: An $8,000 grant supports the outreach programming of Olympic High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 4935. In collaboration with middle and elementary school robotics teams, the project bolsters cradle-to-career support of robotics programming, hands-on STEM experiences and Charlotte-area workforce development.

- Citizen Schools: This $7,500 grant helps fund 3D printer training for teachers and an apprenticeship program for 25 to 30 low-income, middle school students. The program aids in the development and implementation of teacher professional development in 3D printing technology. It also provides apprenticeship-type programs in which students in 3D printing courses gain hands-on experience in a growing industry.

- Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC): A $6,400 grant supports the Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament, an event that allows middle and high school Science Olympiad teams to get a feel for the difficulty of competitive STEM tests and labs before they participate in regional or state competitions. In 2016, CPCC successfully hosted 25 teams for the tournament, with approximately 500 students, parents and coaches in attendance. Science Olympiad is a national organization that supports students, usually through afterschool programming, with hands-on building and competition preparation and participation across 23 STEM disciplines.

- Queen City Robotics Alliance, Inc.: This $5,589 grant aids student participation in robotics competitions associated with FIRST feeder programs: FIRST LEGO® League and FIRST Tech Challenge. These extracurricular robotics programs provide Charlotte-area elementary and middle school students with hands-on opportunities to develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas.

- University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) William States Lee College of Engineering: This $4,050 grant helps in the design and fabrication of a new, interactive exhibit for Discovery Place Science, one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country. The exhibit will feature a topographic map, created by the UNC Charlotte engineering team, that will allow visitors to interact with topography and develop a better understanding about the effects of topographical changes on the environment.

“The Augmented Reality sandbox, first developed by the University of California at Davis, will provide Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a relatively optimized, hands-on, interactive educational tool for students of all ages,” said Kevin Lindsay, director for Maximizing Academic and Professional Success (MAPS), UNC Charlotte. “The superimposing of motion and elevation-based digital response effects onto sand in a custom-built kid-friendly sandbox will allow teachers, students and the generally inquisitive public to explore, experience, and learn fundamentals of geoscience processes and concepts.”

Since 2013, Charlotte-area schools and organizations have received $335,122 in Bosch Community Fund grants.

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.
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BCF Awards $61,000 to Charlotte, NC, Schools - December 2016


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