By the end of the year, the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation will distribute more than $5 million in grants to K-12 programs that emphasize science, technology, environmental science and math. The 2014 grants will go to 23 organizations that offer innovative programs in STEM education while serving diverse communities across all 50 states. Michael Rouse, Toyota U.S.A. Foundation President, says, “At Toyota, we believe that when we provide young people with exciting opportunities in STEM we can help cultivate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists – and that benefits all of us.” He also stated that this year’s grant recipients were “among the most innovative education programs in the country.”
Some of these programs include robotics competitions in Detroit to inspire students with a low-income backgrounds to explore the sciences and engineering and an outdoor learning lab that encourages Lakota students to explore the environmental sciences.
At San Francisco Toyota, we are really inspired by the efforts the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is making to advance STEM education. One day, a student affected by the STEM grants might even be an engineer at Toyota, creating the newest and most advanced vehicles!