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Bosch Community Fund awards grants to organizations in the St. Joseph, Michigan, area for hands-on STEM and robotics programs

- In 2017, Bosch Community Fund awarded more than $50,000 in grant funding to schools and organizations in the St. Joseph, Michigan, area
- Seven grants fund education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and robotics
- Since 2013, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $215,000 to schools and organizations in the St. Joseph area

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded more than $50,000 in grants to school districts and organizations in the St. Joseph, Michigan, area. The seven grants fund student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and robotics.

By investing in hands-on programs, the Bosch Community Fund aims to increase the educational opportunities available to students in the St. Joseph area. The grants will improve student and instructor access to regional resources, demonstrating the Bosch Community Fund’s commitment to supporting local STEM education and careers.

“With these grants, the Bosch Community Fund celebrates its dedication to STEM education and its commitment to southwest Michigan,” said Robert Spaargaren, plant manager at the Bosch St. Joseph facility. “Bosch is honored to help local schools and organizations cultivate a bright future for the community. These engaging local programs will help students of all ages prepare for and pursue successful careers in STEM-related fields."

The recent grants support initiatives that will provide hands-on STEM activities for St. Joseph-area students of all ages. The Bosch Community Fund awarded grants to the following organizations:
- Lake Michigan College Foundation’s Campaign for Tomorrow: Hanson Technology Center – $10,000
- St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation’s Project Lead the Way High-School Engineering Courses – $7,500
- Benton Harbor Area Schools’ FIRST Robotics team – $7,500
- Lakeshore Public Schools’ Electric Bicycle Project for Engineering and CAD II equipment for Lakeshore High School – $7,500
- Cornerstone Alliance’s 2018 Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire – $6,600
- Southwestern Michigan College Foundation’s STEM Summer Camp – $6,000
- Children’s Music Workshop’s STEM 2 STEAM Program – $5,000

At the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation’s STEM Summer Camp, the grant helps support summer STEM programs for elementary school students. The STEM Summer Camp offers workshops for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

“As a result of receiving the 2016 Bosch Community Fund Grant, we were able to offer an amazing STEM Summer Camp for 176 upper-elementary-age students,” said Andrew Dohm, instructor at Southwest Michigan College. “Our three one-day camps consisted of four workshops per day, filled with exploration and hands-on activities. This grant allowed us to get students excited and interested in STEM while giving them a great opportunity to come to college for a day.”

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in U.S. communities where Bosch has locations. Since 2015, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $215,000 to schools and organizations in the St. Joseph area. Annually, the Bosch Community Fund awards up to $5 million in grants to organizations invited to participate in the program.

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.

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Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1069

Bosch Community Fund - St Joseph - January 2918


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