Bosch Community Fund Awards The Children’s Museum of The Upstate Over $52,000 in a Local Grant to Promote STEAM Learning

GREENVILLE, SC – December 3, 2018 - The Children's Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) has received a grant from the Bosch Community Fund in the amount of $52,856 to enhance guest programming and professional development with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) learning.

TCMU’s STEAM programming is primarily delivered through the informal, play-based learning opportunities the museum’s exhibits provide, with lesson plans included as part of field trips to the museum, outreach activities delivered directly to the classroom, and afterschool programs like FIRST® LEGO® League. Since 2016, TCMU has delivered professional development programming for educators with an annual cycle of opportunities designed to introduce them to STEAM resources while also cultivating their students’ interest in STEAM subject areas. These opportunities have introduced TCMU’s educator guests to STEAM experts in the field, including Cynthia Raso of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center and Tricia Edwards of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.

TCMU’s Interim CEO, Michelle Shain, says with Bosch’s generous funding, TCMU can continue its integrated approach to STEAM programming, essential for student and classroom success. “We’re very grateful that Bosch has given us dedicated funding to support our organization’s STEAM learning efforts, which support teachers with content knowledge that translates into effective classroom practices applying science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.” She adds, “As a result, students in effective STEAM classrooms learn how to identify, apply, and integrate concepts from those five domains to better understand complex problems and to solve them using innovative approaches.”

Claude Bray, Director of Human Resources with Bosch’s Rexroth facility in Fountain Inn, is honored to sponsor the museum’s STEAM learning initiatives. “Bosch is passionate about investing in the future of our remarkable students, teachers, and communities. We’re proud to support innovative programs providing students in our communities more access to STEAM education, with added career development and mentoring opportunities for educators. Full STEAM ahead!”

Chris Beard, TCMU board chairman, notes that TCMU could not offer quality programming for students and educators without the support of companies like Bosch.

“Bosch’s commitment supports our mission of sparking a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play, among children and their educators alike. We are grateful to Bosch for helping us build programming and initiatives that will hopefully inspire students and give them a foundation for success.”

The Children's Museum of the Upstate in downtown Greenville, SC, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to sparking a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. As the nation's 7th largest children's museum and first children's museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, TCMU engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information, visit www.tcmupstate.org.

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About the The Children's Museum of the Upstate (TCMU)
TCMU's mission is to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. Conveniently located in downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, guests experience 19 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. At 80,000 square feet, TCMU is the nation's 7th largest children's museum and 10th largest in the world. As the nation's first children's museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, there are new and exciting programs developed for every age level to stimulate creativity and stir the imagination. For more information, visit www.tcmupstate.org.