Toshiba’s Commitment to People and our Future in the U.S. on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:38 am EST

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Eddie Temistokle, Toshiba America, Inc.

For more than two and a half decades, Toshiba has been committed to supporting and advancing STEM education in the United States through the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition, one of the world’s largest K-12 STEM competitions and the Toshiba America Foundation, a non-profit grant making organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make STEM learning fun and successful for K-12 students in U.S. schools. Learn more about our annual contributions to education and positive social impact during this year’s Giving Tuesday.

ExploraVision

ExploraVision national winners in Washington DC.

This team from Commack High School in Commack, NY won a national award in ExploraVision’s 2017 competition for their approach to microbiome analysis.

The ExploraVision competition engages K-12 students in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM learning. ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate a new technology that solves a global issue 20 years into the future through Project Based Learning (PBL). Toshiba awards up to $240K in savings bonds and technology gifts each year to winning students, educators, and schools. Over the past 26 years of ExploraVision, more than 370,000 students have imagined a better future and $6.5M in prize money (or in-kind gifts) have been awarded. Teachers in the U.S. and Canada can register teams of 2-4 students for this year’s competition.

Toshiba America Foundation (TAF)

Toshiba America Foundation grant check presentation

Toshiba employee visits Sacred Heart Catholic School in Jacksonville, FL to present a grant check for $5K.

TAF has awarded approximately $12M in teacher grants over the past 25 years. This holiday season, the foundation is awarding nearly $35K in grants to more than 35 schools throughout the United States. The grants will help support classroom STEM lessons about butterflies, amphibians, bees, fish, robotics, computer coding, and solar energy & disaster readiness projects. Teachers in the U.S. can apply for grants between $1K to $5K to improve their science lesson plans. Apply here for K-5 grants and here for 6-12 grants.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Month

Toshiba America Inc Day of Action -- employee food drive 2016

Toshiba America, Inc. employees donate to a 2016 holiday food drive.

For over a decade now, Toshiba has designated December as CSR Month, a tradition and commitment that continues this year. Toshiba has long been guided by the principles expressed in our corporate motto: Committed to People, Committed to the Future. CSR Month offers us all an opportunity to reflect on how best to build a management system and company that respects our responsibilities to society. But more than that, it provides all of us—wherever we are in Toshiba’s global operations—with an opportunity to get involved in activities on United Nations International Volunteer Day (December 5, 2017), that make a direct and real contribution to the community.

As part of Toshiba Corp’s global action, Toshiba companies in the U.S. are carrying out holiday toy, food, and hygiene kit drives to benefit underprivileged children and homeless people who currently live in the shelters.

At Toshiba, improving access to education and supporting at-risk communities is a year-round commitment. Empowering our internal colleagues to take charitable action within their own communities helps build character and we are proud of their volunteer work.

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