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Detroit Students Explore Cranbrook Thanks to Bosch Grant

Students from Detroit will have unique access to the Institute of Science's collections in Bloomfield Hills through a grant from the Bosch Community Fund.

A unique partnership between the Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Detroit Public Schools continued this week as 160 students and nearly two-dozen parents had an exclusive opportunity to view the famed institute's artifacts.

Roy Roberts, Emergency Financial Manager of the Detroit Public Schools, joined the crowd for a special tour by Institute Director Michael Stafford, who showed students what, where and how they house more than 150,000 objects of historical and scientific significance. The special day, which included a luch on campus, was made possible by a one-year, $150,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund, according to news release.

The collaboration offers nearly 1,000 DPS students free, private field trips to the Institute of Science; provide professional development opportunities for up to 150 Detroit Public Schools teachers; and free Institute memberships and special events to the families of participating students.

The unique partnership started last year when the Institute of Science offered regular field trips, faculty instruction and hands-on experiences on this level to non-Cranbrook students for the first time. The program expanded this year with dedicated funding from a global manufacturer.

“Bosch is proud to work with the Cranbrook Institute of Science and Detroit Public Schools so that students who are enrolled in Detroit Public Schools – and their families and teachers – can foster their love of math, science, engineering and other technical areas at the Cranbrook Institute of Science,” said CFO Maximiliane Straub, in a written statement.

The Bosch Community Fund is a U.S.-based foundation established by the global manufacturer Bosch Group in September 2011. In annually awards more than $3 million in grants and contributions to various non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

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