ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (NYSE: TM) announced a $300,000 donation to the Michigan Science Center.
"The Michigan Science Center offers the perfect vehicle for exposing and engaging children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math at an early age," said Jeff Makarewicz, TTC Executive and Michigan Science Center Board Member. "Toyota is proud to be able to support the reopening of the center and play a part in creating and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists."
The donation is intended to provide support for the reopening of various attractions and the Michigan Science Center's five theaters including the Toyota Engineering Theater. The Toyota Engineering Theater presents multi-dimensional video profiles of engineers and their education, lifestyle, work day, services and products. It will help visitors make the connection between everyday life and groundbreaking research, new inventions and scientific discoveries.
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, TTC has been the driving force behind Toyota's North American engineering and research & development activities. Established in 1977 and headquartered in Michigan, TTC has R&D facilities in Ann Arbor, Saline, Plymouth and Livonia. In addition, TTC has R&D facilities in California and operates the Toyota Arizona Proving Ground near Phoenix.
TTC is engaged in engineering design, vehicle performance, prototype development, powertrain tuning, safety/crashworthiness, regulatory affairs and advanced research. TTC has development responsibilities for the Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and RAV4 EV.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit www.toyota.com/philanthropy.