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Volkswagen and the State of Tennessee Create $1 Million Science Lab Program

The Volkswagen Chattanooga plant in Tennessee has run solidly for the past ten years and has provided jobs to many people in the Hamilton County area. Now, Volkswagen and the State of Tennessee have come together in a different, and incredibly important way. Administered by the Public Education Foundation, a $1 million dollar program called Volkswagen eLabs is available for Hamilton County middle and high schools to apply for funds to create a science lab in their school. Students who have access to the Volkswagen eLab at their school will be able to experiment with emergent technologies like automated manufacturing equipment, 3D printers, robotics, programmable microcomputers, and renewable energy kits.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is beyond thrilled with the Volkswagen eLabs program and is 'grateful for [Volkswagen's] decision to further invest in Tennessee by creating this new, innovative program that will benefit Hamilton County middle and high school students.'

According to Randy Boyd, the Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, the importance of a good education for Hamilton County students cannot be stressed enough. 'Education helps build a superior workforce, which creates jobs for Tennesseans. How successful our state is in the future depends on the readiness of our workforce and aligning our education offerings with the jobs needs of Tennessee industries.'

No less than 15 laboratories will be built for students to take advantage of. The selection process will be competitive, and the school's principle must show commitment and dedication to the Volkswagen eLab.

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