IRVINE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Bosch Community Fund (BCF), the company’s U.S.-based foundation, has awarded a $200,000 grant to Discovery Science Center (DSC) Kids’ Discovery Village, furthering Bosch’s commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and sustainability education. Five, K-12 focused, interactive exhibits, funded by the BCF grant, will teach children about sustainable materials, solar energy, insulation, plant life and space design. The grant was awarded in conjunction with Bosch’s support of the U.S. Department of Energy’ Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO – a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition – taking place Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13, in Irvine, Calif.
“Bosch is dedicated to supporting projects like the Kids’ Discovery Village that encourage education and promote the importance of energy efficiency and utilizing renewable resources,” explained Mike Mansuetti, president, Robert Bosch LLC, who announced the award at the opening reception for the Solar Decathlon. “The BCF seeks opportunities that help encourage the next generation of talented workers to take an interest in STEM and sustainability, both of which are key to the future of the many industries in which Bosch operates.”
DSC is dedicated to educating young students, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. At the completion of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, the interactive exhibit will be permanently installed at the science center in Santa Ana, Calif., where approximately 450,000 guests visit each year.
The BCF is a major donor of the Powerful Ideas Classroom initiative – one of two key XPO educational elements – supporting opportunities for youth to be inspired about science, engineering, architecture and energy. The Powerful Ideas Classroom will feature educational activities and lessons for preschool through high school students.
Launched in 2011 and operational in August 2012, the BCF is successfully achieving its goal to support communities in which Bosch operates with a focus on STEM education and environmental sustainability. Over the past year, the BCF awarded $2.3 million in grants that support 52 projects, that have been established in communities throughout the United States, including a grant to establish the Bosch Young Scientists program in collaboration with the Cranbrook Institute of Science; this program augments the science education of more than 1,800 seventh-grade students who attend Detroit Public Schools. The BCF will award up to $3 million annually.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs nearly 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.6 billion in fiscal year 2012. 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. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of $67.5 billion. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some $6.1 billion for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.
About the Bosch Community Fund:
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards more than $3 million annually 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 Discovery Science Center
For 30 years, Discovery Science Center (DSC) has been a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting educators teach science and increasing public understanding of science, technology, engineering and math through interactive exhibits and programs. With one of the largest education outreach programs in the country and an unparalleled approach at creating immersive, game-based exhibits, DSC is revolutionizing how educational content is delivered. Throughout the year, guests can take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero or feel the power of a simulated rocket engine launch. Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Spooky Science and Bubblefest throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. DSC is a recipient of the 2013 Medal of Service, owns and operates the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center based in Santa Ana, CA and will be opening a second facility in Los Angeles in 2014. For more information, call (714) 542-CUBE or visit www.discoverycube.org.