Bosch gifts $84K to Farmington Public Schools

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Robert Bosch, LLC does more than just talk about supporting science and technology-based education in the Farmington Public Schools district.

This year, it’s about $84,300 more.

That’s the grant amount the Bosch Community Fund recently awarded to advance the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or “STEM” program, as well as environmental education, in keeping with the Farmington Hills-based corporations’ annual $125,000 commitment to Farmington-Farmington Hills.

“The grants are incredible,” said Heidi Skodack, Farmington High School engineering and technology teacher. “There is so much equipment and new technology out there that we need to bring to kids so they get exposure at the high school level…we couldn’t do it without Bosch.”

The awards include $70,000 for Project Lead the Way, a nationally recognized program that promotes hands-on learning in a STEM-based curriculum. Evidence of the support are Farmington High School’s recently-purchased 3D printer, $25,000 for other STEM efforts in the district’s high schools and $10,000 to expand the STEM curriculum to the middle and elementary school levels.

Also, $14,300 was given in grants ranging $1,500-$5,000 for projects that support robotics programming, promote girls’ interest in math and science, fund after-school programs to assist eighth graders with algebra, advance professional development among teachers and add water-bottle filling stations at two district schools.

FPS Superintendent Sue Zurvalec calls Bosch “tremendous partners for our district.”

“(Bosch has) a powerful vision to incite, grow, create and inspire students to go into engineering and science. We believe it’s important, as well.”

Kathleen Owsley, executive director of the Bosch Community Fund, said it’s all part of the corporation’s philosophy.

“This is really important to the culture of Bosch,” she said, noting that the company is owned by a foundation in Germany. “It’s really important to live that value, to invest in projects and programs that get kids excited.”

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