Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Receives $200,000 Grant from the Toyota USA Foundation

July 29, 2008

HARTSVILLE, SC – July 29, 2008 – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is pleased to announce a $200,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation. This gift will help to launch the School’s new Portable Advanced Science Exploration (PASE) project.

PASE will provide advanced technology science equipment and training directly to teachers in schools throughout South Carolina beginning with the I-95 corridor. In addition to sharing mobile, high-technology lab equipment with schools that lack such resources, PASE also will train teachers to use this technology in their own classroom activities, corresponding to science and math curriculum standards.

The Toyota USA Foundation is proud to support the PASE program, said Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. Education has always been a priority for us, particularly math and science, which are increasingly becoming vital drivers of our economy. We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative, hands-on program that is reaching diverse communities and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

PASE will serve approximately 80 teachers and 2,500 students in its first year, expanding to reach additional numbers as the program grows.