Innovation Education Incubator funding to bring digital education resources into classrooms
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Chip McClure, chairman, CEO and president at Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced a $100,000 contribution to The Henry Ford’s Innovation Education Incubator (IEI) to launch a pilot program that brings digital education resources into classrooms and helps teachers meet Michigan and national education standards.
“Partnering with institutions such as The Henry Ford to support educational initiatives — especially those which emphasize science, technology, engineering and math — is a top priority for Meritor,” said McClure. “At minimum, 50 percent of our global charitable contributions are dedicated to this area. We know effective learning not only inspires students to achieve their full potential but also sharpens the capabilities of employers such as Meritor as they compete on a global basis.”
The IEI is a virtual education R&D program that generates ongoing, innovative teaching and learning practices and products.
The Henry Ford has developed prototype digital resources, including Educator Digikits, Innovation 101 and ExhibitBuilder, that can change how public, private and charter school educators fundamentally teach and how the current generation of students learn. For example, the recently launched Innovation 101 curriculum incorporates interviews of current-day innovators like Bill Gates, Dean Kamen, Steve Wozniak and others into innovative lesson plans that promote 21st century skills.
Meritor’s pledge will result in an initial test of the resources that The Henry Ford created to help educators promote 21st century skills in their classrooms. The pilot will involve two phases of educator recruiting, training and evaluations over the course of the next year. This will produce the data and feedback needed to refine The Henry Ford’s education products and process for widespread distribution and adoption in classrooms.
Educators from Michigan-based Henry Ford academies in Dearborn and Detroit, existing Henry Ford Teacher Fellows that represent a mix of public, private and charter schools in Michigan, and a few out-of-state educators will be the Innovation Education Adopters with the test pilot.
“By providing classrooms with cutting-edge digital resources, The Henry Ford and Meritor are becoming leaders for positive advancements in the American education system,” said Patricia E. Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “The tools that the IEI offers will help provide students with the critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity skills that are needed to be successful in college and today’s ever-changing workplace.”
ABOUT MERITOR, INC
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 11,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For more information, visit the company’s web site at meritor.com.
ABOUT THE HENRY FORD
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.