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Toyota Contributes $2 Million to
Detroit Science Center
New Toyota Theater to Support
Engineering the Future Campaign for Science Education
Detroit, MI - As part of the
company's commitment to education programs nationwide, Toyota
announced a $2 million contribution to the Detroit Science
Center for the construction of the Toyota Engineering Theater.
The contribution will help support the Engineering the Future
campaign, an initiative to transform the Detroit Science Center
into America's premier engineering-focused museum. Steve St.
Angelo, senior vice president of Toyota's manufacturing
operations made the announcement on behalf of the company today
at the Youth Engineering and Science Expo (YES!) in Detroit.
The Engineering the Future
campaign will dramatically transform the content of the Detroit
Science Center, with 300 unique and interactive exhibits within
an enhanced Energy & Matter Gallery and new Transportation,
Space and Medical Marvels galleries. As part of the campaign,
the Toyota Engineering Theater will offer an immersive,
multi-media experience for visitors. It will be the only venue
in the state focused completely on engineering careers. With
active seating and a rotating stage, the high-tech theater will
feature live hosts interfacing with "virtual" 3D presenters to
profile stories of real engineers from across the state.
Visitors can watch the 30-minute shows to learn more about the
work life of an engineer, the academic skills required for an
engineering degree and how the different technologies in the
galleries were developed. The Toyota Engineering Theater is
scheduled to open in December 2008.
"As Michigan continues to move
towards becoming a knowledge-based economy, the enhancements to
the Detroit Science Center will help inspire young visitors to
pursue careers in engineering and other science-based fields,"
said Kevin Prihod, president and CEO of the Detroit Science
Center. "We're thrilled to have Toyota's support as we work
towards making the Science Center a science museum of national
"The Detroit Science Center's
mission to inspire the next generation of Michigan's engineers
is vitally important," said Steve St. Angelo, senior vice
president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North
America, Inc. "Toyota is proud to join our industry colleagues
in demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the Science Center's
This year, Toyota is celebrating its 50th
anniversary in the United States. Among its U.S. operations, Toyota
Technical Center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering &
Manufacturing, North America, Inc, is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Employing over 900 people, it is the company's largest technical center
outside of Japan. The technical center is expanding, with the
construction of a new engineering design facility and a safety test
facility in nearby York Township, which will add an additional 400 new
jobs by 2010. The company's investment in the state exceeds $850
(November 8, 2007)