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Bosch Community Fund and University of Michigan to Launch Teacher Grant Program

Collaborative partnership aims to empower teachers, enhance project-based learning curricula
- Bosch Community Fund awards $250,000 to University of Michigan for development and execution of STEM-focused grant program for teachers

- Teachers to have access to funding and additional resources to support science-based hands-on projects and education

- Grants to be awarded in 2018 following launch of program

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. –The Bosch Community Fund and the University of Michigan School of Education and Center for Education, Design, Evaluation & Research (CEDER), today announced a partnership to provide a competitive grant program offered through U.S. Bosch locations. The grant program will fund hands-on learning projects, connect teachers to other educators, and evaluate best practices to impact teacher efficacy. The partnership aims to alleviate some obstacles for teachers and provide inspiration for exceptional learning experiences.

The University of Michigan will be the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund to build a scalable grant award program. When this program is launched, grants will be made available to K-12 educators throughout the U.S. to fund hands-on learning projects. The grants can be applied to a variety of projects under the following areas of study: environment, energy, science, engineering and technology. Rather than struggling to find the time and resources to execute a project, teachers will be able to connect with fellow educators, access advice and ultimately develop practical curricula. From experiential coding and robotics projects, to student-driven schoolwide recycling programs, teachers will be able to finance and carry out project-based programs for their students.

“At Bosch, we believe that education in the sciences is invaluable,” said Maximiliane Straub, CFO and executive vice president in charge of finance, controlling and administration for Robert Bosch LLC. “We also recognize the financial and creative challenges teachers face when developing programs for their students. That is why we are dedicated to efficacy initiatives – to work directly with communities and educators in the pursuit of higher learning.”

By leveraging its grant expertise and expansive teacher network, the School of Education and CEDER will be able to analyze the program’s performance and ensure it is benefitting those who need it most. The School of Education and CEDER’s understanding of the needs of educators in Michigan, combined with funding and educational resources from the Bosch Community Fund, will ensure teachers can offer a variety of hands-on learning opportunities.

Looking ahead, the Bosch Community Fund and the School of Education and CEDER will work together to identify opportunities for growth and connect with educators who will benefit from the program. Teachers can anticipate the program to begin in 2018.

“The University of Michigan is a world-class institution, and we’re honored to partner with them to strengthen the foundation of STEM and environmental education in schools nationwide,” said Kathleen Owsley, executive director of the Bosch Community Fund. “Their expertise will be instrumental in our mission to provide teachers, students and local communities with the tools they need to create exceptional learning experiences and implement innovative approaches to education.”

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $13.8 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 nearly 32,800 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016) and 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 440 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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UofM Partnership Press Release 5-24-2017 - May 2017


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