Toyota launches virtual education hub for students, teachers

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – One of the state’s high-tech manufacturers is putting its technology to use to help Kentucky students.

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has launched a new virtual education hub providing visitors with an immersive experience and a chance to visit many of its U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.

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The hub includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field tips and more.

Have you ever wondered how a Toyota vehicle is designed? Or how the Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling sedan for 18 straight years, is built? Or what it is like to work in a modern manufacturing environment? Well, now you can easily find the answers to those questions… virtually.

“We are excited to give the public a virtual look into our world at Toyota Kentucky where they can learn about our foundational philosophies like kaizen and just-in-time production and see how our best-selling products like the Camry, Avalon, RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus ES come to life,” said Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK).“We hope this experience will also inspire young people to explore careers in our industry and join our great team at Toyota Kentucky someday.”

Through STEM-based lessons, visitors can learn the science behind some of Toyota’s core philosophies that go beyond building cars and trucks.

Visitors can also go behind-the-scenes at Toyota’s Research and Development (R&D) center in Ann Arbor, Mich. or step into the future at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) to discover how Toyota is building the future of mobility while harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to make driving safer.

“At Toyota, we believe in the importance of high-quality and accessible education,” said Mike Goss, president of the Toyota USA Foundation. “As educators face new challenges during this unique time, we hope these virtual experiences and free resources will provide students, teachers, parents, and life long-learners alike, with engaging content that will help bring learning to life.”

In addition to Toyota R&D and TRI, visitors can take a virtual tour of the experience centers at Toyota’s vehicle plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas to learn how popular models like the Avalon, Corolla, Highlander and Tacoma are made.

Virtual tours of Toyota’s unit plants responsible for producing cylinder heads, engines, transmissions and other vehicle components, in Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia, are also available.