Jointly developed program showcases Toyota’s continued support of the Michigan Science Center and efforts to engage children in STEM
DETROIT, March 29, 2018 – The Michigan Science Center is partnering with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) to develop a program that enables all eighth grade students in the district to participate in M-STEP Prep Field Trips for free.
The M-STEP prep program, started in mid-February and features field trips to the Michigan Science Center that are designed to help students revisit and internalize concepts learned in class using engaging activities that support the Michigan Science Standards. Interactive presentations and demonstrations in physical, Earth and life sciences will help students retain key science concepts.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Michigan Science Center and help Detroit’s students gain access to a program to help cultivate STEM learning,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president of TMNA Research and Development. “Toyota is committed to playing a role in building the future STEM workforce. Exposing children to engaging programs like the M-STEP Prep Field Trip support the concepts they are learning in school and shows them to new and exciting possibilities.”
In addition, March 27, 2018 will be recognized as “Toyota Day” at the Michigan Science Center where TMNA employees and executives will support educational activities and special programing for the M-STEM Prep Field Trips.
Toyota has made Michigan its hub for North American automotive research and development. Through its Ann Arbor-based, state-of-art product development facility, the company has access to a pool of talented and experienced engineers. Toyota is committed to STEM education within the region and supporting key initiatives with the Michigan Science Center.
In 2017, the duo opened the Toyota 4D Engineering Theater (TET), with the exterior of the theater features an interactive wall that allows visitors to engage in unique STEM activities. Once inside, the TET delivers a unique four-dimensional experience that engages multiple senses. It houses a state-of-the-art HD projection system with 3D viewing capabilities and enhanced space and lighting for a more immersive experience. The TET is the only theater in Michigan to incorporate “spark” effects without heat, smoke or pyro techniques. Additionally, advanced viewing technology enables MiSci to live stream video footage to and from virtually anywhere in the world. To date, 25,000 people have visited the TET since it’s opening last spring.
“The Michigan Science Center is inspiring students to become the next generation of innovators that are so critical to the future of the automotive mobility industry and this city. We must all challenge ourselves to start your impossible” said Chris Reynolds, a Detroit native and executive vice president of corporate resources, chief diversity officer & managing officer at Toyota Motor Corporation.
“We’re focused on empowering and enriching all children and all communities with STEM,” said Tonya Matthews, Michigan Science Center CEO. “This partnership with Toyota helps Detroit’s students further learn STEM concepts and provides resources for future generations of STEM professionals.”
About the Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) inspires nearly 300,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. As the STEM hub of the state, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits, and initiatives that empower and enrich all children and all communities with STEM. Through our Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO, we are expanding beyond our Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live stage shows, Michigan’s only IMAX® Dome Theatre, a Planetarium, lab activities, 250+ hands-on exhibits, and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, Mi-Sci.org.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) aims to redefine next-generation cars as not simply a form of transportation, but as a fully connected vehicle. In fact, Toyota is the leader in automotive patents, including autonomous vehicle patents (over 2,000). Centered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toyota puts the brightest thinkers from all across America together to focus on letting people live more safely and comfortably. Globally, Toyota spends approximately $1 million per hour on R&D to ensure that Toyota rapidly and continuously develops cutting-edge, high-quality, and appealing vehicles.
To date, Toyota has contributed more than $900 million to American nonprofit groups. For more information about Toyota’s contributions in the U.S., visit http://www.toyota.com/about.