Johnson Controls (JCI) is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Creating quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles, with a continued commitment to sustainability is the focal point of Johnson Controls. Working with the Plymouth Canton Community Schools in Michigan, the first district-wide initiative using the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program was implemented. With a current gift of $30,000, Johnson Controls continues to work with Young Leadership Academy and Bayside Middle school from FoxPoint/Bayside School District, both located in Milwaukee. Johnson Controls continues to be the corporate supporter of these programs, providing financial support for the initiative, as well as coordinating the volunteer base. JCI coordinates volunteers from not only their own company but also Bosch, Detroit Diesel, Yazaki, Toyota Boshuku and AVL.
These initiatives in both Michigan and Milwaukee target students in the upper elementary grades, and are meant to capture the students during their years of inquisitive, yet impressionable development. Providing these students with a solid foundation in mathematics and science may help them to realize their potential love for STEM, and the possibilities for a successful and prosperous career in engineering, science, or technology. Giving teachers the materials needed to successfully introduce students to the STEM fields is an integral part of the initiative. Finally, enabling industry volunteers to get involved in the schools in their community by acting as content experts in the classrooms provides students with exposure to professionals in the STEM fields.