Meritor and The Henry Ford Shaping Future of Education Through Innovation and
Innovation Education Incubator pilot project in K-12 classrooms across the
TROY, Mich., Feb. 25, 2013
TROY, Mich., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Henry Ford's Innovation
Education Incubator (IEI), launched in April 2011 with the support of a
three-year pledge from Meritor, is building momentum among educators
nationwide by bringing innovative digital education resources and
game-changing teaching strategies into K-12 classrooms.
Forty teachers and 1,000 students field-tested The Henry Ford's new resources
and four key curricula products, including Innovation 101, in classrooms and
participate in a third-party evaluation. The IEI pilot teachers came from
Michigan as well as California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts and
The purpose of the training module is to promote technology and innovation
skills among students and inspire them to achieve through the lessons of past
innovators such as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Rosa Parks as well as
current-day innovators like Bill Gates, Dean Kamen and Steve Wozniak. Students
said they learned about science, technology, engineering and math, also
referred to as "STEM," and the process of innovation. Some said that these
materials changed their minds and how they approach the world today.
"We're pleased with the outcome of the IEI pilot project," said Chip McClure,
chairman, CEO and president of Meritor. "The pilot provided an objective and
independent evaluation of The Henry Ford's unique and innovative educational
resources and methodology for teachers and students. The Henry Ford will now
be able to objectively demonstrate that its products are both effective and
valuable for teachers and can engage students to acquire 21^st century
Among the different curricula tested in the IEI, Innovation 101 was the
product most used. Results from the pilot project showed that Innovation 101,
for example, rated9 or 10 (10 being highest) by most who used it. Virtually
all of the teachers indicated the Innovation 101 module promoted critical
thinking and creativity.
"By providing classrooms across the nation with cutting-edge digital
resources, The Henry Ford is not only changing the way teachers teach, but
also the way students learn," said Patricia E. Mooradian, president of The
Henry Ford. "The tools that the IEI offers provide students with the critical
thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity skills that are needed
to be successful in college and in today's ever-changing workplace."
"We are honored to partner with The Henry Ford and look forward to the impact
this program will have on our nation's students and future talent base,"
McClure said. "Meritor's commitment to social responsibility, and in
particular, support for education in the areas of math, science and technical
subjects, is vital for workforce readiness. Our company relies on the skills
and innovations of our engineers and technical employees around the globe to
enhance our competitiveness. We fully expect that outcomes from the IEI pilot
have the potential to move education in an important new direction."
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 9,000 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 important information, visit the company's website 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.
SOURCE Meritor, Inc.
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