Next year's edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will not only be about seeing the cars, but also about learning. As it has happened for the past six years, the so-called Education Day will be there to teach students in school groups in grades 9 – 12 and college level about the challenges and opportunities offered by the automotive industry. The organizers of the event say they expect thousands of students from schools throughout southeast Michigan, the surrounding states and even Canada to attend and get a chance to better understand the automotive world of today. "NAIAS Education Day is designed for students with a passion for the automotive industry as well as related fields that ripple far from that core," said Barron Meade, 2011 NAIAS Chairman. "These students will help shape the future of not only our industry but our region as well. So many professions touch the world-premiere event that is NAIAS and it takes many varied vocations to make our event unique. Students get that full gamut from which to choose and teachers get to put their lesson plans to life." This year's edition of the NAIAS Education Day will focus on alternative fuel technologies, engineering, journalism, telecommunications, automotive design and environmental concerns. "Attendees will not only be able to view remarkable exhibits and breathtaking production and concept vehicles, but leave from this event with the tools and connections that will help them shape their future," added NAIAS vice chairman Bill Perkins. autoevolution will be attending the 2011 North American International Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions.