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“5th Technology Experience Day” at Bosch: High school students look behind the scenes Hands-on research and development

  • Day of activities for senior high school students to take place at the Bosch Engineering Center in Schwieberdingen on October 21, 2011
  • 330 students from the greater Stuttgart region to take part
  • Aim to show relevance of science subjects for engineering work
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Stuttgart/Schwieberdingen – The fifth “Technology Experience Day” will be held on October 21, 2011 in the Bosch Engineering Center in Schwieberdingen, north of Stuttgart. Some 330 students from 34 participating high schools in the greater Stuttgart area will have a chance to get to know the company’s products and the technologies it is involved in. The aim of the event is to demonstrate what science subjects such as mathematics, physics, and chemistry have to do with working as an engineer at Bosch. “We want to spark young people’s interest in technology at an early age and hope this will encourage them to choose a related field of work or study,” said Dr. Wolfgang Malchow, the director of industrial relations at Bosch. “Even though the talent is there, it is still the case that too few young people – especially young women – are opting to study science and technology. We want to tackle this problem, in particular to attract more women into these professions,” he said.

Insight into a highly innovative company
During their behind-the-scenes look at the Schwieberdingen Engineering Center, the high school students will experience high-tech live: the day’s schedule features a hands-on introduction to technical products, visits to experimental labs and to prototype production facilities, demonstrations of ABS, and a ride in a hybrid vehicle on the proving ground. In addition, the “Technology Experience Day” will see faculty staff from the University of Stuttgart providing information on eight courses of study. This will be followed by an opportunity for the students to get to know two career options related to a course of study. They will have the chance to speak with young associates and engineers from the relevant specialist departments about these careers.

The event gives these technical specialists of the future an insight into one of Germany’s most innovative companies. Last year, the Bosch Group filed over 3,800 patent applications. To preserve its technologically leading position, Bosch will spend some four billion euros on research and development in 2011.

Education and training: an aspect of corporate social responsibility
This year, the company will take on some 9,000 university graduates worldwide – 1,200 of them in Germany. In order to continue to attract highly-trained recent graduates in the future, Bosch has launched its “InterCampus Program,” which aims to expand the company’s support of universities worldwide. Around roughly 50 million euros are being invested in this. This will provide support for universities and research institutes in Germany, China, India, and the U.S. over the next ten years.

At the same time, Bosch regards the occupational training of young people as an integral part of its corporate social responsibility. In September, some 1,500 young people started occupational training with Bosch at around 60 locations and 100 operating units across Germany. 63 percent of them opted for a technical career. But training is just the first step. Bosch invests 200 million euros each year in qualification and ongoing training for its associates, 120 million euros of this in Germany.

In addition, Bosch is a committed founder member of the “Knowledge Factory – Companies for Germany” initiative. This initiative seeks to kindle children’s and adolescents’ interest in science and engineering through practical projects. As part of this, 180 elementary schools and kindergartens were provided with “Kitec”(“children discover technology”) kits. Bosch has already entered into 117 partnerships with educational establishments such as kindergartens and schools across Germany.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI7554 - October 21, 2011

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