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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $105,000 to Irvine, Calif., community schools

- Grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs
- Funds help enhance STEM skills of students and teachers
- Since 2015, Irvine-area organizations have received $191,418 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded four grants totaling $105,355 to southern California schools. The grants provide resources for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and environmental sustainability.

“The Bosch Community Fund presents an amazing, rewarding opportunity, and we are honored to be part of making a difference in the lives of children within our community,” said Jill Boileau, employee development specialist, Climatec, LLC. “The skills that they gain from STEM education are not only vital for our company, but will provide technical skills that will be invaluable for their future.”

The grants support the following programs in the Irvine area:

- Poway Unified School District: This $43,780 grant supports the growth of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and STEM classes and curriculum at Twin Peaks Middle School. The grant funds LEGO® Mindstorm® kits for students in grades six through eight to study coding, engineering and PLTW curriculum. Additionally, STEM and PLTW classes will be replicated at other middle schools in the district that have high percentages of underrepresented students in STEM activities.

- Saddleback Valley Unified School District: Aiding in a three-year EcoSTEM Immersion project, this $30,000 grant funds an existing outdoor science facility and provides hands-on and problem-based learning events for teachers and their students in grades three through eight. The learning facility’s setting allows students and teachers to experience ecological inquiries, and hands-on and outdoor environmental exploration. When the new center is complete, nearly 12,000 students in third through eighth grade will tackle an ecological problem-based challenge and learn how to use STEM practices to propose solutions. In addition, 286 teachers will increase their understanding of next-generation science standards and learn to implement the significance of the ecological phenomenon into their science lesson plans. The project is estimated to be completed by the summer of 2020.

- Elsinore Middle School: This $23,125 grant supports a comprehensive science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) program for 850 students at Elsinore Middle School. The program strives to keep middle-school students interested in these topics as they further their education. The funds allow for the purchase of 10 portable STEAM coding and engineering carts for classroom use and give teachers the opportunity to attend the California STEM Symposium, a nationally recognized pathway for teacher STEM petrological development. At the symposium, teachers learn how to integrate STEAM-based instructional models that incorporate student coding and collaboration skills during language arts, math, social studies, science and elective classes.

- Corona-Norco Unified School District: An $8,450 grant provides intermediate and high school career technical education (CTE) training and support for 13 seventh- and eighth-grade teachers. Training focuses on the proper use of 3D printers and includes certification of industry-standard software AutoDesk® and Solidworks®. Teacher training and certification benefits the preparation of the district’s more than 2,300 intermediate students for related careers following post-secondary education.

“The Bosch Community Fund grant established a comprehensive middle school STEM program for Poway Unified featuring professional development, career exploration, industry collaboration, and engaging hands-on learning with PLTW,” said Bruce May, teacher on special assignment, Poway Unified School District. “We're excited to see our program grow this year and impact the participation of underrepresented student populations in STEM. We’re closing the gap for girls and English language learners, opening their eyes to rewarding STEM careers and empowering them to change the world!”

Since 2015, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded $191,418 in grants to organizations in the Irvine area.

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 32,500 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. According to preliminary figures, in 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 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 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1069

Bosch Community Fund Irvine Grant 2017 - February 2017

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