Linking Exploration + Innovation
Through Virtual Field Trips
April 28, 2020
BY Matthew Meek
PLANO, Texas (April 27, 2020) – Since the advent of Covid-19, virtual learning has become the new norm for millions of students. To support students in the virtual environment, enhance the positive impacts of this new learning reality, and grow their spirit of innovation, Toyota and Discovery Education have teamed-up to offer students a series of interactive field trips. These no-cost virtual field trips take students through remarkable experiences and amazing places, without ever leaving their home.
Kids and families across the United States can take a ride into the future of mobility and experience the innovations of artificial intelligence, automated driving, and the science behind vehicle safety. See all the virtual field trips available from TeenDrive365 and discover more no-cost digital learning resources that support virtual learning, like:
Cars of the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles
See how Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is using artificial intelligence to develop human support robots and automated vehicles with an emphasis on machine learning and other STEM concepts.
The Toyota Impact: The Engineering Behind Safe Driving
Get an insider’s view of how some of the brightest thinkers tackle the challenges drivers face every day and design new features that improve driver safety.
Toyota Under the Hood: The Science Behind Safe Driving
Go behind the scenes at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Princeton, Indiana, where the latest in robotics, automotive safety and production innovation are pushing the boundaries of modern vehicle manufacturing.
“These free virtual field trips and career exploration videos help open up a world of possibility for youth and are a great way to learn,” said Al Smith, Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer.
Educators, families, and teens can also learn life-saving habits through the Toyota TeenDrive365 Challenge: a video challenge for high school students across the United States to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
“The incredible materials created in partnership with organizations like Toyota have helped students thrive in situations where they might not have without the proper resources,” says Lauren DeNu, Director of Partner Success from Discovery Education.
TeenDrive365, a digital program produced in partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, offers no-cost digital learning resources empowering educators, families, and teens with life-saving habits. The Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at teendrive365inschool.com and through Discovery Education Experience.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 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 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2019. Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.