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At Subaru, we believe in education. That’s why we support organizations dedicated to making learning as accessible as possible.
With more than 120,000 members and some 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) serves as an authoritative source for information on the latest developments in science. AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. By nurturing students’ scientific interests and talents, AAAS programs provide exciting opportunities and help build bridges to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Since 2015, we’ve partnered with AAAS through the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to donate over 187,000 science books to schools in communities across the country.
Google Expeditions is designed to enable teachers nationwide to bring students on virtual reality trips to places a school bus can’t normally go. To date, Google Expeditions has benefited over 1 million students in 11 countries, and created over 200 Expeditions.
At Subaru, we and our retailers have a Love Promise commitment to making a positive impact in the world in which we live and work. It’s our aim to spread this impact as far as we can, and through this, we created the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible. In support of this initiative, Subaru teamed up with Google as the official U.S. partner of the Expeditions Pioneer Program. Specially equipped Subaru vehicles traveled to schools nationwide to bring Expeditions kits to classrooms, taking students on virtual reality field trips to places they have never been before. Subaru also worked with the Expeditions team to develop unique journeys covering topics such as zero-landfill manufacturing and sustainability.
Watch the below video, and see how Subaru and Google Expeditions teamed up to help Bronx Charter School students Amma and Julia make their school cafeteria more sustainable.
All kids deserve an excellent education that will help them achieve their dreams, which is why Teach For America recruits and develops diverse teachers to lead classrooms in low-income communities and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.
During the 2013 Share the Love Event, Subaru supported Teach For America’s efforts to help expand educational opportunity for more than 750,000 children throughout the United States.
“The only thing that would make it better is to have more girls and last longer!” – fourth-grade student, GET Program Saturday Academy is an education nonprofit in Portland, Oregon that provides out-of-school time learning opportunities for curious children. We are grateful to have received Subaru of America Foundation funding for our Girls Engage Technology (GET) Program. GET addresses the under-representation of women in technology by bringing computer programming workshops to groups of girls to spark their interest and increase their confidence with technology. Workshops are taught by teen girls with programming experience who coach fourth and fifth grade girls to create an animated story using Scratch programming in a fun, low-stress environment. One of our partners this year was Wilkes Elementary School. In March, our GET Program Director and teen teachers taught 11 Wilkes girls the basics of programming. Most of the girls had never typed a website URL into a browser search bar before this workshop. By the end of the six hours, each girl could program Scratch commands and use those commands to tell a story with animated characters. After the workshop, girls reported identifying as more of a “tech person” and wanted to continue learning more about technology. Thanks to support from Subaru and others, GET is successfully sparking girls’ interest in technology and boosting their self-confidence to continue building new tech skills.
The Garden State Discovery Museum offers educational entertainment at its hands-on best. It is a children's museum filled with hours of imaginative fun and countless experiences.
Subaru directly supports the museum’s Subaru Center for Learning, Subaru Green Gardens Initiative, Subaru Butterfly Garden, Subaru Science Shop Exhibit, and the Subaru Garage, which reaches more than 200,000 children.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program enables students to compete in a community-wide competition using real science to fly an experiment aboard the International Space Station.
As a National Partner, Subaru has, to date, made possible participation by 28 communities in 7 SSEP flight opportunities — SSEP Mission 2 to ISS, and Missions 4 through 9 to ISS. As a result of this partnership, these 28 communities engaged 9,442 students in microgravity experiment design, resulting in 2,347 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.
The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences promotes understanding, appreciation, and protection of aquatic life and habitats through research, education, and youth development programs.
As a longtime partner, Subaru has helped provide science training and support workshops, and contributed to the development of 21st-century work skills for about 10 years.
Kingsway Learning Center is a private, nonprofit special education school devoted to the academic and therapeutic needs of children with multiple learning and developmental disabilities.
Subaru has contributed to and supported Kingsway causes since 1989 by donating office furniture, funding teachers at secondary school, and adopting families during the holiday season, and much more.
Giving kids choice, such as selecting their own books, can enhance motivation to read. But choosing a too-difficult book can frustrate emerging readers. That’s why a WePAC library volunteer had a heart-to-heart with Michael,* a 3rd grader whose class visited the library weekly. Michael was heartbroken. He wanted to check out a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, arguably the most wanted series among the school’s 3rd graders and older. As it was well beyond his reading level, volunteers tried redirecting him. Plus his teacher said only the top reading group could check out Wimpy Kid. It was simply too advanced for most. The teacher wanted students to choose books that would make them feel successful. Through sniffles, Michael asked how to improve his skills enough to check out Wimpy Kid. The volunteer encouraged him to spend a lot of time practicing books he could understand well. So Michael decided to visit the library twice a week, an extra visit on his own, to double his number of books read – just right books that challenged him but that he could fully understand. He kept asking if he was ready. After a month, the teacher checked Michael’s level. Sure enough, he had grown tremendously. He beamed when handed his first Wimpy Kid book. Two days later, the WePAC volunteer was surprised to see Michael back with book in hand: he had already finished it and had come to take out the next in the series! This little boy had become a real reader, a skill valuable for a lifetime. *Name changed
Kindergartners trek along wood-chipped trails, acting as nature detectives investigating tree parts from the roots to the leaves and the life cycle of a tree from seed to fallen log. First-graders explore bugs and butterflies, sweeping fields to discover their diversity and comparing their habitats and diet. Eighth-graders examine a tree’s anatomy, using iPad microscopes and learning about the environmental stresses that trees must overcome to survive. Thanks to the generous support of Subaru of America and other donors, more than 25,000 students participate in education programming at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois every year to experience and learn about nature. The programs, which combine outdoor exploration with lab investigation, are designed to inspire kids to appreciate the natural world and build interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. The Arboretum program gives many children a chance they wouldn’t normally have to experience nature. “My students live in an urban setting,” one teacher said. “Watching them walk through the Arboretum and see the trees, flowers, insects, and experience wildlife truly was amazing. They loved using the magnifying glasses and becoming scientists.” “Both the outdoor and indoor experiences were an excellent reinforcement of what we have been studying in science,” another teacher commented. “Thanks for making great memories and helping our students become excited about science.”
In 2000, Techbridge Girls (TBG) was launched with a goal of bridging the gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, which have historically been dominated by males, leaving women and girls, especially those of color, consistently and disproportionately left out. TBG aims to level the playing field and empower girls from low-income communities to achieve upward mobility and financial stability. Currently, TBG serves girls in Oakland, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and has set a goal to serve 1 million girls by 2030.
One of the ways that TBG advances their mission to help girls and achieve greater economic mobility through STEM is with innovate minds-on, hands-on after-school programming with the leadership and support of mentors and role models. TBG’s curriculum presents a wide range of STEM subjects, such as biomedical and chemical engineering, computer science, architecture and more. From learning about chemical engineering through recipes for bath bombs and lip balm to understanding structural engineering through gumdrops and toothpick domes to refining coding skills by designing mobile apps, TBG is making STEM education not only accessible for girls but fun, relevant and engaging.
Subaru of America Foundation has been a consistent supporter of TBG’s after-school programs for several years. Subaru aims to build partnerships with organizations committed to helping un- and underemployed young people become self-sufficient through job training, mentoring and work experience. After learning about TBG, it was clear to Subaru that the two were working toward the same goal.
In 2015, Subaru began funding TBG’s after-school programs in Seattle, WA and has since become a national supporter of all three TBG direct service locations.
Thanks to the Subaru of America Foundation, along with other supporters, Techbridge Girls is able to continue creating pathways to successful careers in STEM for girls and women across the nation.