Detroit: NAIAS Education Day news

2008 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR AUTOMOTIVE EDUCATION DAY DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2008 -- School officials can still register their secondary education students for participation at the Automotive Education Day ...


DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2008 -- School officials can still register their secondary education students for participation at the Automotive Education Day during the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Presented by State Farm Insurance, the event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cobo Center in Detroit.

School groups interested in attending the fourth annual Automotive Education Day can register at Registration for this one-day educational event will continue through Friday, January 11, 2008 at 5 p.m.

"Over the last three years, the response to Automotive Education Day has been tremendous," said Carl Galeana, NAIAS 2008 senior co-chairman. "Students come away from this experience with a strong understanding of how a good education leads to many opportunities within the automotive industry and related fields, while having fun, too. There's also the added bonus of an up-close view of amazing exhibits and incredible production and concept vehicles."

This year thousands of students from a variety of schools throughout southeast Michigan, surrounding states and Windsor, Ontario (Canada's border city) are expected to participate. State Farm Insurance representatives will provide all students with backpacks, interactive games and prizes for correct quiz questions during the program beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m.

"The NAIAS stimulates the metro Detroit area with a sense of excitement," said Joe Serra, NAIAS 2008 co-chairman. "It is good for the students to see that kind of excitement and buzz generated by an industry that continues to have strong ties to the southeast Michigan region."

Confirmed exhibitor participants for 2008 include American Red Cross SE Michigan Chapter, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, DENSO, Ferris State University, Macomb Community College, Michigan Secretary of State, Northwood University, SAE International's A World in Motion (AWIM) program, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), State Farm Insurance and Walsh College. NAIAS exhibitors interested in participating in Automotive Education Day may contact Lacey Lambert at

Additionally, SAE International will partner with NAIAS 2008 to bring a teacher's lounge to Automotive Education Day. Teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about SAE International AWIM curriculum, a highly interactive educational program for K-12 students.

The AWIM curriculum joins teachers, students and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic/scientific concepts and skills. Industry volunteers play an essential role in motivating the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math by sharing their everyday experiences into an AWIM classroom.

At the NAIAS, teachers will receive kits containing collateral material explaining AWIM and some of its projects. Interested teachers will work individually, or in small groups, with an AWIM representative and there will be an opportunity for the teachers to see online videos. The AWIM high school program in specifically geared toward the study of electricity and electronics.

AWIM is used in all 50 states and in ten of Canada's 13 provinces and territories. More than 60,000 AWIM kits have been shipped to schools since 1990. More than 3.75 million students have participated in AWIM and more than 15,000 volunteer engineers have been involved in AWIM programs. AWIM programs received support from corporations, foundations, SAE International members and SAE Foundation resources. Find out more about AWIM at or

Tickets for Automotive Education Day are $10 (USD and CAN) per student and include lunch. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required. Online registration is available at School groups should arrive by 8:30 a.m. in Cobo Arena.

Bus grants totaling $150 each will be available to the first 100 Michigan schools that register courtesy of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation and Eppert Foundation. Bus grants may be obtained by the first 100 secondary school groups upon registration for the event.

NAIAS 2008 Official Dates Press Preview will be held Sunday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 15. Industry Preview will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17. The annual black-tie Charity Preview will be held Friday evening, Jan. 18. Public Days will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

The North American International Auto Show Rod Alberts -- Executive Director Entering its 20th year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at Don't Miss It for the World!

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