Toyota Funding Future Scientists
By centralfltoyota on June 20, 2011
Toyota is a company full of innovation. Toyota dealers in Orlando especially understand the need for an integration of this innovation with community. Recently the Toyota Ideas for Good campaign has taken off; it is a program that asked individuals to take 5 different technologies utilized in Toyota vehicles and expand their value and purpose. This time, Toyota is asking for more.
On June 13, 2011 Toyota donated a whopping $500,000 to American science teachers. The plan? Keep up programs that will inspire America’s youth to get excited about science. After all, it is America’s children today that will be filling the future offices of revolutionary companies like Toyota. It seems that investing in the future of kids in the US is a high priority.
The money was awarded in the form of TAPESTRY grants. The lucky 50 teachers were chosen based on 3 main criteria: creativity, risk-taking and originality. Teachers must create projects and apply for the grants. Innovative ideas included different ways of creating bio-fuel and figuring out ways to farm food in city settings. Toyota dealers in Orlando definitely see the value in these kinds of ideas.
Michael Rouse is the vice president of philanthropy of Toyota and spoke about the benefits of such a program.
Winter Park Toyota drivers understand the importance of getting kids motivated about school and science. If teachers had a platform for providing a more hands-on learning experience, students would find education much more enjoyable. Luckily, Toyota understands this too.
Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director for the National Science Teachers Association was even quoted in regards to the program. She says,
For 21 years, Toyota has donated more than $10 million to furthering school science programs in the States. A company that is trusted by millions is certainly one worth keeping around. Winter Park Toyota drivers can rest easy knowing that their children are being cared about by their very own community.