On Thursday, March 20, students and teachers from the New Richmond High School gave a tour and listened to a presentation from representatives from Bosch’s New Richmond facility. The tour was meant to show Bosch representatives how the students will use the funds the company awarded them through the Bosch Community Fund (BCF), on Feb. 24, which will go toward four projects to allow students to apply their learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in hands-on, experiential settings.

Combined with grants being given to schools in Shell Lake, the Bosch Community Fund awarded nearly $45,000 to the two school districts for their STEM related projects.

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The announcement continues the work that the BCF began about two years ago where it works collaboratively with the communities in which Bosch does business to support various educational and community groups who seek to advance STEM education and environmental sustainability.

“Bosch is very proud to make these grant awards,” said George Berg, commercial director of Bosch Packaging and lead for the New Richmond and Shell Lake Community Service teams. “The caliber of the projects that the communities submitted was really terrific. In reading their grant requests, we could see that considerable thought was put into the proposals. Clearly, those who submitted the proposals understand that learning goes far beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom setting.

“They want to engage students in learning the latest technology and create innovative activities that allow students to learn and apply the STEM-related skills both individually and in teams. And, as students do so, the experience of their teachers is there to guide them.”

Regarding the grants for the New Richmond School District, District Administrator Jeff Moberg said: “Our collective goal is to find that which motivates each student, to bring out the very best in every student. We want students to pursue careers that allow them to find joy in their work, earn a good living and be productive members of our community. By showing students that STEM-related careers are within their reach -- whether it is pursuing an education that focuses on a specific skilled trade, or pursuing a two- or four-year degree -- we want students to know they have options. Having the skills that projects like those recognized today help develop, we help students set aggressive, but attainable goals. We also show students that education is interactive, rewarding and lifelong.”

New Richmond was awarded four grants, including one for the High Mileage Vehicle Program, the purchase of a Bridgeport Mill as well as a Cubify CubeX 3D Printer and 10 VEX Kits.

The High Mileage Vehicle Program, where students design and manufacture a car, received a $10,000 grant. Even though many of the components are manufactured in the school’s metal shop, for safety reasons students must purchase some of the components, such as wheels and sprockets. The car is driven by the students in various competitions held throughout the state.

A $4,650 grant was given to the Bridgeport Mill, which will allow the expansion of the New Richmond teaching stations and give students in machining classes hands-on experience in machining parts on a three-axis machine. This machine will help prepare students for work and postsecondary opportunities.

A $2,500 grant went to support the purchase of a Cubify CubeX 3D printer, which will give the students the opportunity to work with new technology in 3D printing. Students will print and see their CAD designs and enhance their understanding of the design and manufacturing process.

The final grant given to the school was $950 and went toward the purchase of 10 VEX Kits. These kits are part of the New Richmond engineering curriculum and allow students to work on electro-mechanical simulations and provide real-life engineering opportunities. The New Richmond pre-engineering program is a Project Lead the Way program, and the kits are necessary for the school to maintain its status as a certified Project Lead the Way school.

Another grant given by the Bosch Community Fund went to the New Richmond Area Community Foundation to purchase two Early Literacy Stations for the New Richmond Library. The Early Literacy Station is an educational computer workstation that provides access to information and quality education to children preschool age through third grade. The Early Literacy Station includes software packages with age-appropriate materials in reading, math, science and social studies. These literacy stations are in 40 percent of libraries across the country.

Grants awarded to the Shell Lake schools included grants for alternative/renewable energy kits, robotics kits, 3D design and prototype package kits and the Science Olympiad teams.

Submitted by Bosch of New Richmond, compiled by Jordan Willi