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Bosch Community Fund partners with Kalamazoo RESA Foundation to bolster STEM, energy, environmental sustainability education

- In 2017, Bosch Community Fund awarded $35,000 grant to Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Foundation
- The grant funds community education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), energy and environmental sustainability
- Since 2015, Bosch Community Fund has awarded $105,000 in grants to schools, organizations in Kalamazoo

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded a $35,000 grant to the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Foundation. The grant funds education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); energy; and environmental sustainability. From providing classroom equipment and supplies to offering teacher training and development resources, the Bosch Community Fund and Kalamazoo RESA Foundation are focused on bringing quality STEM learning into the classroom.

“Our partnership with the Kalamazoo RESA Foundation engages the community by supporting local schools and organizations whose commitment to STEM matches ours here at Bosch,” said Scott McIntyre, director of engineering, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, in Kalamazoo. “It’s a priority that we foster interest in these topics and enable students to learn through high-quality, hands-on experiences. In working with the Kalamazoo RESA Foundation, we’re not only able to enhance teacher training and provide better tools for classrooms, but are providing the community’s children with educational opportunities that feed their interests.”

The Kalamazoo RESA Foundation is committed to increasing accessibility to hands-on, practical learning opportunities for students in Kalamazoo County. The grant promotes collaboration between local organizations and school districts, including Schoolcraft Community Schools, Vicksburg Community Schools, Portage Public Schools and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Funds from the Bosch Community Fund are strengthening programs that focus on STEM topics; promote exploration of the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s energy and environment programs; and enhance teacher coaching and program implementation.

“Through the generosity of the Bosch Community Fund, the students in Kalamazoo County are learning in a new way,” said Jason Luke, program administrator, Kalamazoo RESA. “Their classes are project-based and they can practice the skills they need most for their future careers: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Students work together to solve problems in many different areas, including engineering, computer science, biomedical science and energy. Bosch has a passionate interest in the environment, and its stewardship prompted the inclusion of the Kalamazoo Nature Center in our work. Students study energy and its many forms in their classrooms, then delve deeper at the Nature Center to find applications for their learning and how energy policies impact their lives.”

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in U.S. communities where Bosch has locations. Since 2015, the Bosch Community Fund has invested more than $105,000 in schools and organizations in the Kalamazoo area. Annually, the Bosch Community Fund awards up to $5 million in grants to organizations invited to participate in the program.

Contact:
Linda Beckmeyer
Robert Bosch LLC
Phone: +1 248-876-2046
linda.beckmeyer@us.bosch.com

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $15.5 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. 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. 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.

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

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838 - October 2017

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