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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $34,000 in grants to schools in Phoenix, Ariz.

- Two grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, robotics team
- Since 2015, schools and organizations in the Phoenix area have received $85,346 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded two grants totaling $34,081 to organizations in the Phoenix, Arizona, community. The grants help expand a charter school’s robotics program and increase the exposure of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“STEM education is vital to our future especially as technology is increasingly becoming more part of our everyday lives,” said Jill Boileau, employee development specialist, Climatec, LLC. “Climatec is honored to have this amazing opportunity through the Bosch Community Fund to help make a difference in the lives of children within our community.”

The grants were awarded to the following:

- Alhambra United School District: A grant of $19,170 helps enhance the current Alhambra Paxton Patterson ActionLABS®, and purchase additional labs to make them available to the district’s 1,500 middle school students. The grant funds new technology and an additional portable ActionLAB unit, introducing industry-standard 3D design and sculpting software to help facilitate students’ learning of the fundamentals of 3D printing technology and programming. ActionLABS, currently located in three schools, serves 313 students and provides a structured STEM curriculum focused on applying STEM skills in real-world scenarios.

- Imagine Avondale: The Imagine Avondale Binary Bots program received a grant of $14,911 for students to participate in the VEX® IQ Worlds competition. The grant funds the purchase of expansion robots, computers, Robot C programming, storage and team fees to travel to this year’s world competition. Additionally, the grant will double the number of students currently in the program to 20 and could further impact up to 500 students through other activities. VEX IQ robotics provides a platform for Title I students at Imagine Avondale to learn about the engineering design process, as they build and program a robot based on their own design, and how to strategically solve problems.

“Alhambra Elementary School District is committed to our STEM initiative and is proud of the ongoing partnership with Climatec to provide amazing opportunities in the Paxton Learning Labs,” said Mishell Terry, liaison for business and grant partnerships, Alhambra School District. “More than 97 percent of our children live at or below the poverty level, and we are proud to have one of the highest refugee populations in the state. We know our students face challenges every day, and we believe it is our responsibility to provide a safe and resource-rich learning environment.”

Terry continued, “Climatec is special because the organization understands that investing in education is good for everyone. They know the STEM exposure our students receive in these labs could lead them anywhere in their future careers, whether that be as a structural engineer or a future Climatec technician. Partnerships like this provide real-world experiences that help level the playing field for students who work hard every day to explore their passion for STEM.”

Since 2015, the Bosch Community Fund has donated $85,346 in grants to schools and organizations in the Phoenix 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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Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1069

Bosch Community Fund Phoenix 2017 - February 2017

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