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Local and International Elementary Students Go for Gold in JetToy Olympics at SAE World Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 30, 2010 - Several hundred elementary students will go for the gold April 14 – and they’ll learn about engineering principles in the process –  when they compete in the JetToy Olympics at the SAE 2010 World Congress at Cobo Center.

The event begins in Macomb Hall at 9 a.m. and will finish with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

Teams of four students will work together to construct a JetToy supplied by SAE International’s A World in Motion® (AWIM) program. The students will build the balloon-powered JetToys and then compete for various distance and accuracy awards.

Schools currently registered to participate include:

·         St. John the Evangelist School- Fenton, Mich.

·         St. Edith School -Livonia, Mich.

·         Our Lady of Good Counsel School- Plymouth, Mich.

·         St. Michael School- Livonia, Mich.

·         Detroit Public Schools: Emerson Elementary, Logan Elementary, Greenfield Union Elementary, McFarlane Elementary, McColl Elementary, Maybury Elementary and O.W. Holmes Elementary

·         Plymouth/Canton Community Schools: Edna M Allen School (Plymouth, Mich.), Thomas Workman Elementary School (Canton, Mich.)

·         Cooper Upper Elementary School- Westland, Mich.

·         Wisdom International School- Nashik, India

AWIM brings hands-on science, technology, engineering and math education to students from kindergarten through high school graduation.

It is the fourth year for the JetToy Olympics at Cobo Center. What began as an event of just 28 students in 2007 grew to 500 last year.

Press seeking credentials to cover the event can do so by e-mailing to pr@sae.org, calling 1-724-772-8522 or visiting www.sae.org/congress/ .

The AWIM curriculum is supported by the SAE Foundation. The SAE Foundation will hold its banquet on May 20, 2010, at The Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, Mich.

Industry Leadership Awards will be presented to Rodney O'Neal (2010), CEO and president of Delphi; and Jim Press (2009), automotive advisor and consultant, retired vice chairman and president Chrysler LLC and former CEO and president of Toyota Motors North America. For more information on the 2010 SAE Foundation Banquet, visit http://www.saefoundation.org/banquet/ . For press credentials, e-mail pr@sae.org or call 1-724-772-8522.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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