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Bosch Community Fund awards $35,000 grant to Brooklyn Park, Minn., schools for STEM education training

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

- More than 500 Brooklyn Park-area students will receive afterschool and educational programs

- Since 2015, organizations in the Brooklyn Park community have received $70,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded a $35,000 grant to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, area schools for programming in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. Provided by Project Lead The Way (PTLW), this STEM program enables the partnership among Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Osseo Schools and Hennepin Technical College to create afterschool and summer educational programming.

“STEM related activities are all around us, they shape our everyday experiences,” said Tom McDaniel, president, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology. “STEM careers are often the innovative and problem-solving professions that work to solve the most complex problems. Globally, there are other countries that have invested more aggressively in STEM education. But now STEM is becoming more of a priority in the U.S. and the Bosch Community Fund is very proud to be part of and support that change.”

The programs expose more than 500 students in grades 6-12 to applied-learning experiences and critical-thinking strategies in the sciences using hands-on activities through VEX® Robotics software and curriculum. Using these components, students and educators work with PLTW to help bridge the gap between STEM education and students’ interest in related careers. In addition, educators provide access to an expanded robotics curriculum by utilizing Hennepin Technical College’s Automation Robotics Engineering Technology faculty.

Creating educational activities focused on STEM and robotics fields provides each institution the ability to better respond to the needs of area youth. The schools will collaborate to connect science departments to help develop instructional strategies, problem solving and the introduction of new ideas and innovations to interested students.

In addition, the grant supports expenses for summer camp expansion and programming, along with additional resources for increased STEM and robotics opportunities. The camp, held on the campus of Hennepin Technical College, will promote confidence, collaboration and innovation to more than 40 students.

“We are so grateful for the Bosch Community Fund grant because it provides an opportunity for Brooklyn Center and Osseo Schools to collaborate in immersing our students in hands-on programming in science, technology, engineering and math,” explains Mark Bonine, superintendent, Brooklyn Center Community Schools. “Beginning in September 2017, Brooklyn Center Community Schools is transitioning all grade K-12 students to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), and are adopting Project Lead The Way curriculum. We believe that the Project Lead The Way hands-on activity and project-based curriculum will provide our students with opportunities to solve real world problems while developing skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics so they are college and career ready.”

Since 2015, organizations in the Brooklyn Park community have received $70,000 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.
Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1095

BCF Awards $35K to Brooklyn Park, Minn., Schools - December 2016


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