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Bosch gifts real-world work space for BHS STEM lab

Thanks to a grant from the Bosch Community Fund, Burnsville High School technology, engineering and design students will be learning and working in real-world conditions during their classes.


The “campfire” collaborative work station, to be purchased with the Bosch Community Fund grant, will provide a real-world work and learning area for students in science, technology and engineering classes at Burnsville High School. Photo courtesy of Whitney Architects and Peter J. Sieger.

Accepted by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 School Board in August, the grant totals $21,920 and will be used to provide work spaces, software and other tools for new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) labs being constructed at the high school.

Among the items provided by the grant is a unique collaborative work space called a “campfire” that mirrors those used at Bosch, a global supplier of technology and services with a location just across Portland Avenue from Burnsville High School. Other items in the grant include 3-D printers​ and​ teacher collaboration with industry professionals​ to implement real-world curricula.​

“We are very appreciative of our Bosch neighbors in Burnsville and the support they are providing,” said District 191 Curriculum Director Kathy Funston, who led the grant writing effort. “The Bosch Community Fund grant will be instrumental in helping us create innovative learning spaces for our students.”

The STEM labs and additional new construction are part of Vision One91, a plan to redesign the district that includes bringing all students in grades 9-12 to Burnsville High School to provide students more real-world learning opportunities. District 191 voters approved a building bond referendum in February 2015 to finance the project, along with a $2.5 million per year levy for instructional technology.

To learn more about Vision One91, go to www.isd191.org/vision191.

 
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 15:18