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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $240,000 in grants to schools, organizations in Anderson, S.C., community

- Nine grants support education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the environment

- School-year and summer programs and activities are made available to K-12 students

-Since 2013, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $1 million in grants to organizations in the Anderson community

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded nine grants totaling $245,485 to schools and organizations in the Anderson, South Carolina, community. The grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environment-focused education activities.

“To be able to support these opportunities for so many of our partners in the Anderson community is truly an honor. Each year, I am amazed at the vision and creativity shown in the proposals sent to us,” said Randy Bunch, director of HR, Bosch’s Anderson facility. “There are so many worthy initiatives in STEM and the environment in our area, and I am always thrilled to be involved in improving our community through the committed efforts of these outstanding organizations.”

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- Anderson District 3: A $39,546 grant helps 60 fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students attend Igniting the Spark: Anderson Three Summer STEM Camp for three weeks in June 2017. In addition to student attendance, the grant allows for teacher involvement at the camp and student transportation. Teacher recommendations, interviews and student interest in STEM decide which 15 student applicants will participate from each grade at Starr-Iva Middle School. During the camp, students participate in hands-on labs and learn coding, robotics, their role in conserving water resources and how energy works.

- Anderson District 5 Foundation: This $38,800 grant provides resources for Camp Discovery as well as teacher grants and initiation of the STEM Discovery project in the district. Camp Discovery is a two-week summer enrichment program where more than 100 elementary-school students will increase their knowledge and understanding of math, science and eco+STEM with an emphasis on inquiry skills, ecosystems, environments and habitats. STEM Discovery will increase eco+STEM awareness, understanding and knowledge for the district’s nearly 13,000 students. In addition, the teacher grants allow educators to provide students with hands-on, project-based activities and allow students to explore and learn about ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic; organisms; habitats; and adaptations.

- Anderson District 2: A $33,463 grant aids in the creation of innovation centers in the classrooms of students in grades three to eight. As part of these centers, Defined STEM curriculum, a web-based application, shows students relevant connections between classroom content and real-world applications, such as career pathways. Also included in the centers are 3D printers and materials for student use in designing, collaborating and creating projects. The grant also provides for teacher training and support in using 3D printers and Defined STEM curriculum.

- Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) Foundation:
- A $30,000 grant supports TCTC in hosting a FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Tournament, summer robotics camp and K-12 teacher STEM curriculum workshops. At the Eighth Annual FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifying Tournament in November 2017, student teams will compete to solve a specially designed challenge. In the summer, approximately 20 middle-school students will participate in a TCTC faculty-led STEM camp during which students will work on a robotics project that they present to family members at the end of the week. TCTC is also hosting a workshop for area K-12 teachers to enhance their knowledge and understanding of STEM initiatives.
-A $10,000 grant provides FIRST Robotics Team 4965: FIRE with robot- and field-build expenses, special projects, equipment and resources for its 2016-17 year.

- Anderson I & II Career Technology Center (ACTC): This $30,000 grant aids in the purchase of nine Festo AC/DC training systems used in the school’s mechatronics dual-credit program. The equipment helps students become trained in integrating electronics, controls, computers and moving parts to earn their Technical Operators I and II Certificates. Students in the program simultaneously receive high school and college credit leading to an associate degree in mechatronics from Tri-County Technical College.

- Anderson District 1: A $29,876 grant supports the expansion of the district’s STEM programs for elementary, middle- and high-school students, as well as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) training for teachers instructing gifted and talented students in third through fifth grade. With this funding the district continues its fifth-grade Jet Toy Car and high school fuel-cell kit activities, affecting more than 700 and 200 students respectively. In addition, the STEM Glider unit is now accessible to all 252 middle-school students. The grant also allows four teachers to receive PLTW training to increase their nearly 400 gifted and talented students’ exposure to STEM topics.

- Anderson District 4: The $28,800 grant provides resources for the district’s students to participate in STEM-related projects, including Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Regional Education Consortium events, Clemson University engineering camps, and a FIRST Robotics competition. These activities supplement the district-wide initiative to integrate STEM project-based instructional strategies for students. In addition, the grant allows for teachers to participate in professional development opportunities designed to help them plan projects that engage students and develop necessary STEM skills.

- Save Our Saluda: A $5,000 grant supports the expansion of Save Our Saluda’s web-based, interactive watershed mapping tools, which allow users to “see” the watershed. The enhancements help teachers use the map more effectively in the classroom while conducting watershed education to show students the source of water, where the watershed is located and why these things matter. The upgrades also help promote recreational river use and attract local and regional support of watershed conservation efforts.

Melanie Ruhlman, president, Save Our Saluda, said, “The interactive watershed map will be a useful tool to support environmental education and bring awareness to the Saluda River Watershed. We are grateful to Bosch for their support of this and other STEM-related projects.”

Since 2015, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded $1,031,602 in grants to organizations in the Anderson community.

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.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com,
www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1069

Bosch Community Fund Anderson Grant 2017 - February 2017

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