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Bosch Community Fund awards $75,000 grant to Broadview, Ill., school district for STEM education

- Grant supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum training through afterschool programs
- Students in grades three to eight get expanded Destination Imagination, Project Lead the Way curriculum
- Since 2015, organizations in the Broadview community have received $136,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded a $75,000 grant to School District 89 in Broadview, Illinois, for programming in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. Two programs made possible through the grant are Project Lead The Way (PTLW), an initiative that enhances STEM education in middle schools, and Destination Imagination (DI), a leading educational non-profit that creates project-based afterschool programming.

“‘We are very pleased to support School District 89 in Broadview, Illinois, in their STEM efforts. We hope to continue to help bring important and innovative programs to our educators and children in the community,” said Eunice Marriott, director of projects, Automotive Aftermarket, Bosch.

The programs expose students in grades three to eight to applied-learning experiences and critical-thinking strategies in the sciences using hands-on activities, while also providing key classroom resources to educators. Each program aims to nurture students’ interest in STEM programs beyond the classroom and into related careers.

DI emphasizes fostering students’ creativity and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges, and STEM learning is integrated into elementary afterschool activities. DI’s creative approach to learning aims to provide younger students with the tools to further develop their problem-solving skills and helps in addressing real-life issues.

PLTW activities support educators to better prepare students for a more rigorous STEM curriculum in high school. In addition to STEM-focused educational activities, PLTW aides in building a cross-district leadership model that reinforces a strong support system for educators to develop innovative and effective data-driven strategies for overall school improvement.

“The Bosch Community Fund grant allows District 89 students and teachers to challenge themselves in STEM fields,” said Barbara Dahly, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, School District 89. “As participants engage in STEM learning experiences, through PLTW and DI, they grow into prepared students for high school, college and beyond. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to provide additional 21st century learning opportunities for our students and teachers through the generosity of the Bosch Community Fund!”

Since 2015, organizations in the Broadview community have received $136,000 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 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 Broadview Grant 2017 - February 2017

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