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Bosch Community Fund awards grants to organizations in Kentwood, Michigan, area for hands-on STEM and environmental education programs

- In 2017, Bosch Community Fund awarded more than $50,000 to schools and organizations in the Kentwood, Michigan, area
- Seven grants fund hands-on student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental education
- Since 2014, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $230,000 to schools and organizations in the Kentwood area

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

The Bosch Community Fund strives to ensure that creative and practical STEM learning opportunities are accessible to students through project-based experiences. This grant will provide STEM resources for teachers and increase student access to hands-on STEM programs, demonstrating the Bosch Community Fund’s commitment to supporting education in the Kentwood area.

“Bosch is committed to helping local students pursue successful careers in STEM and improve our environmental conditions,” said Jim Hagene, plant manager at Bosch in Kentwood. “These schools and organizations are creating dynamic, future-focused learning environments that will enrich our community.”

These grants will fund several STEM camps, a coding workshop for elementary-school students, robotics kits for high-schoolers and a greenhouse project to help restore the Plaster Creek watershed. The Bosch Community Fund awarded grants to the following organizations:

- West Michigan Aviation Academy’s VEX® Robotics Kits and Curriculum – $8,436
- Grand Rapids Urban League’s The Beauty of Science: Our Girls Rock STEM – $8,000
- Kentwood Public Schools’ Inquiry Based Science – $8,000
- Kent ISD’s Coding for Elementary – $7,980
- Kent Career Technical Center's STEM Summer Camps – $5,900
- Grand Valley State University’s STEPS Camp for Girls – $7,000
- Calvin College’s Plaster Creek Stewards – $5,000

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in U.S. communities where Bosch has business locations. Since 2014, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $230,000 to schools and organizations in the Kentwood 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 nearly $19 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 34,500 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2017. According to preliminary figures, in 2017 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit twitter.com/boschusa, twitter.com/boschmexico and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros ($88 billion) in 2017. 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 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

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

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.12968


Bosch Community Fund - Kentwood - April 2018

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