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Bosch Community Fund awards $63,000 in grants to Bay Area organizations

- Grants support the development of students, educators and nonprofit organizations

- Activities focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and training

- Since 2012, organizations in the Palo Alto community have received more than $230,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. –The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $63,000 in grants to three Bay Area organizations. The three grants awarded support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for students and educators. Each grant will provide students with more opportunities to gain hands-on knowledge by working with local scientists, engineers and community organizations.

“We are delighted to support these outstanding science, technology, education, arts and math (STEAM) education activities in the Bay Area,” said Francois Beauchaud, principal engineer – business development, Bosch Sensortec. “In addition to supporting education in our community, it offers Bosch associates the opportunity to interact with local organizations and spread awareness on the latest advances in technology.”

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- University of California San Francisco Foundation (UCSF Foundation): A grant of $50,000 supported the Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UC San Francisco’s Fourth Annual Bay Area Science Festival. The two-week event raises awareness and sparks student, educator and local organizations' interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) related fields. The festival provides a variety of activities throughout the Bay Area, including concerts, plays and workshops centered around science and technology. Specifically, the grant helped the recent Discovery Day at AT&T Park, a free, all-day event that offers hands-on science activities and opportunities for students to meet local scientists and engineers. More than 40 volunteers from the Bosch Research and Technology Center created and staffed five interactive science and engineering booths targeted to research for students of all ages.

- GRT Boosters: This $8,000 grant provides funds to Gunn High School’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)® Robotics Team 192 for the 2016-17 season. A model for the State of California’s Career Technical Education standards, FIRST’s completely student-focused program addresses the importance of the introduction of engineering design and fabrication techniques at an early age.

- Habitat for Humanity® East Bay/Silicon Valley: A $5,000 grant supports Habitat for Humanity as it teams up with local educators to bring its popular Playhouse Program to area schools. While assembling full-size children’s playhouses, students will practice and review STEAM concepts as educators offer guided coaching and mentorship and teach time management and working collaboratively. The program’s cross-functional learning experience demonstrates how the application of STEAM-specific studies directly relates to other fields. The program also gives students a better understanding of how Habitat for Humanity supports the Bay Area on a larger scale and the importance of financial literacy and sustainable building. Upon completion, playhouses will be donated to local nonprofit groups.

“Habitat for Humanity East Bay Silicon Valley is proud to partner with Bosch to bring this new hands-on learning experience to middle school students in our region,” said Erin O’Toole, director, corporate and organizational giving, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

Since 2012, organizations in the Palo Alto community have received more than $230,000 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 $63,000 to Bay Area Orgs - December 2016


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