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Bosch Community Fund awards $105,000 in grants to schools, organizations in Mt. Prospect, Ill., area

- Five grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming

- Since 2015, organizations in the Mt. Prospect area have received $200,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded five grants totaling $105,000 to schools and organizations in the Mt. Prospect, Illinois, area. The grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

“We are excited to watch the impact of these grants grow in our local community,” said Heiko Fischer, president, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “Not only are we seeing more hands-on experiences in the classroom, but as schools introduce unique after-school programs, students can explore their interests much earlier in their education journey, even prior to stepping into high school.”

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- River Trails School District 26: A $47,289 grant supports the expansion of STEMscopes curriculum at Indian Grove and Euclid Elementary Schools to 1,000 kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The program, which has designated units of study for each grade, uses all modalities of learning to help students understand and solve real-world challenges in STEM, the environment and computer coding. The Bosch Community Fund provided resources to pilot the research-based curriculum on a limited basis in the 2015-2016 school year.

- District 214 Education Foundation: This $34,506 grant funds Next Generation of Engineers (NGE), a STEM curriculum that allows middle school students to receive rigorous, hands-on learning experiences through activities, projects and problem-based learning. The NGE curriculum is used in several schools around the country, with program data showing approximately 85 percent of its students choose a manufacturing and engineering career pathway in high school. This program, which takes place at Buffalo Grove High School, serves 150 students throughout the school year.

- Mt. Prospect Public Library Foundation:

- The $7,205 grant aids in the expansion of Mt. Prospect Public Library’s STEM offerings, adding hands-on STEM learning devices such as: Cubelets®, robotic blocks that teach robotics, coding and design thinking; KIBO, a kit designed to connect young children with the world of robotics; MagnaTiles®, magnetic tiles designed to build children’s critical developmental skills; 3Doodler, a 3D drawing kit designed to inspire creativity, design and spatial understanding; and littleBits®, invention tools designed to teach programming and logic skills. And because transportation costs have prevented many schools from visiting the library, the programs allow library staff to take these offerings to the students through Family STEM Nights, classroom visits and Learning Resource Centers.

- With this $7,000 grant, the Bosch Community Fund continues its support of Mt. Prospect Public Library’s Tutor.com service for a second year. Tutor.com offers a live, one-on-one, online tutoring service for students in elementary, middle and high school as well as early college students. Between May 2015 and May 2016, tutors conducted 1,450 sessions with students, 75 percent of which were STEM-related topics such as algebra, chemistry, physics and trigonometry.

- Mt. Prospect School District 57: A $9,000 grant supports the addition of robotics, construction and engineering programming into the district’s library, making hands-on learning items available for classroom checkout. With the goal of meeting Next Generation Science Standards, this Early Education STEM programming provides interactive engineering design experiences for more than 400 kindergarten and first-grade students.

"We are very excited to implement the curriculum enhancements that the Bosch grant will provide,” said Elaine Aumiller, superintendent, Mount Prospect School District 57. “We are very lucky to have a company like Bosch in our community are grateful for their ongoing support of our schools."

Since 2015, organizations in the Mt. Prospect area have received $200,000 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 31,000 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2015. In 2015, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $14 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 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 billion euros) in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. 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 and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com and twitter.com/BoschPresse.
Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1095

BCF Awards $105,000 in grants to Mt. Prospect, Ill - December 2016


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