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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $98,000 in grants to schools, foundation in Hoffman Estates, Ill., community

- Grants support robotics program, design curriculum and equipment, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education

- Since 2015, schools and organizations in the Hoffman Estates community have received $179,294 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded three grants totaling $98,316 to support curriculum and a robotics program in the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, community. The grants provide materials to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education during classroom and after-school activities.

Dave Deremer, vice president of Human Resources, Bosch Rexroth Corporation in Hoffman Estates, said, “It is very heartening to see first-hand how the students and faculty are so conscientious in their wise use of the grant monies and proud of their achievements to date. We are literally sowing seeds today that will produce a harvest of well-prepared future associates who are technically savvy, have a continuous improvement mindset, and used to working in collaborative teams.”

Recipients of the grants are:

- Township High School District 211: A grant of $52,390 funds an Interactive and Information Technology Capstone course to prepare high-school students for post-secondary education and careers. The grant funds the purchase of design equipment and aids students in exploring and engaging with new technology and ways of learning. The course teaches students about product development and how to collaborate, innovate and work across multiple disciplines. District 211 students work in teams to develop technology implementation projects that involve business planning, systems development and strategy. Teachers help facilitate student learning and connect students to local experts in the areas of data analytics, networking, engineering and technology.

- Township High School District 214: This $35,926 grant, the second year of support from the Bosch Community Fund, funds computer coding and programming activities throughout the district’s high-school mathematics curriculum. Specifically, it gives teachers opportunities to attend workshops outside of the regular school day to plan, develop and revise target math courses. Workshops include a summer coding workshop in advanced coding skills, and one in sharing STEM pathways and new curriculum advances.

- District 214 Education Foundation: This $10,000 grant provides For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) Robotics Team 111, Wild Stang, with additional funding to cover costs of robot and field building, equipment, resources and more activities associated with its 2016-17 season.

“The Bosch Community Fund donation allows our high school students interested in exploring STEM to experience the technology and challenges in high school similar to the industry standards,” said Lisa Small, Associate Superintendent for Instruction, Township High School District 211. “STEM is a vast field of opportunity, and the ability for our high schools to open more doors for students gives them the chance to see the diversity in this field and discover what may lead to their future passions.”

Since 2015, the Bosch Community Fund has donated $179,294 in grants to schools and organizations in the Hoffman Estates 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.

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Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1069

Bosch Community Fund Hoffman Estates 2017 - February 2017

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