In keeping with our ongoing technology leadership and long history of innovation, Toshiba supports a number of philanthropic programs to motivate and inspire youth interested in math and science in the Americas. Some of these programs, including ExploraVision, have become integral to the science and math curriculum at many schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The inspiration for our long-term emphasis on science and math education was Hisashige Tanaka, founder of Toshiba. He has been called the Thomas Edison of Japan, and is credited with building Japan's first working model of a steam locomotive, manufacturing electric bulbs, cables, prototype telephones, industrial machinery and other products. The company he founded in 1875, Tanaka Engineering Works, provided the foundation for today's diverse Toshiba Group Companies.
Mr. Tanaka endowed Toshiba with a legacy and spirit of innovation that continues to today. By continually developing innovative technologies centering on the fields of electronics and energy, Toshiba strives to create products and services that enhance human life, and contribute to a thriving healthy society.
In this spirit of innovation, the two main pillars of Toshiba's math and science educational initiative in North America are the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program and the Toshiba America Foundation. The ExploraVision Awards challenge students to envision technology of the future.
Toshiba America Foundation is a non-profit grant making organization dedicated to supporting K - 12 science and mathematics education in the United States.