In addition to producing innovative and high-quality cars, Volkswagen aims to make a positive contribution to society with their numerous charitable projects and initiatives. This includes the eLabs Initiative, in which Volkswagen attempts to improve education by providing students with digital fabrication tools for guided learning experiences.
Volkswagen eLabs and Equipment Donation in Tennessee
With the eLabs Initiative, Volkswagen of Chattanooga recently announced the planned donation of state-of-the-art equipment to eight different schools in Tennessee. The Volkswagen of Chatanooga facility is where the VW Passat sedan and Atlas SUV are built. This brings the total to 16 schools, after the first eight were selected back in August 2017. The digital fabrication tools include automated manufacturing equipment, programmable microcomputers, renewable energy kits, 3D printers, robotics, laser cutters, and other emergent technologies. According to Volkswagen, the purpose of digital fabrication tools is to help empower students to engage in authentic problem-solving.
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Volkswagen Service and Charity Projects
In addition to the eLabs Initiative, Volkswagen is involved in numerous other charitable projects. During last year’s “Summer of Service,” Volkswagen Group of America employees volunteered their time and efforts for many charitable projects and organizations across the nation. Volkswagen is also very active in supporting the arts, with a “Seeing through Photographs” online course in 2016, as well as the recent sponsorship of an art exhibition at the Kennedy Center’s VSA (Very Special Arts) program.