SAE International's Award-winning A World in Motion® Program Celebrates 20 Years of Inspiring and Engaging Students
WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 31, 2011 - From a modest beginning in a handful of classrooms in 1991, SAE International’s award-winning, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education program, A World in Motion® (AWIM), celebrates its 20th anniversary, having touched the lives of millions of school students.
“AWIM not only helps SAE International fulfil its mission to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists, but it does so in spectacular fashion,” said David L. Schutt, Chief Executive Officer for SAE International. “At a time when introducing students to hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math is critical, AWIM is leading the way in classrooms across North America and around the globe.”
AWIM offers interdisciplinary, project-based learning to students in kindergarten through high school. With 10 interactive curricula called “challenges,” AWIM allows students to participate in an “engineering design experience” - a problem-solving process taught at many engineering schools and used by engineering design teams working in the field. Challenges include designing and constructing a JetToy, Simmer or Gravity Cruiser, and more sophisticated fuel cell, electronic and motorized cars.
Since the program’s inception:
- More than four million students have participated in the AWIM program.
- Over 25,000 professionals have contributed time as AWIM classroom volunteers.
- SAE International has distributed more than 70,000 AWIM kits.
- The National Science Board recognized AWIM with a Public Service Award in 2008.
“As the world becomes increasingly reliant on science, technology, engineering and math, AWIM plays a critical role in exposing students to these subjects and careers,” said Matthew Miller, director of the SAE Foundation and pre-college programs. “We will continue to develop AWIM to keep the program interesting, engaging, and relevant to learners of all ages.”
The AWIM program is distributed to schools or teachers at either low cost or no cost through the SAE Foundation. For more information on AWIM, visit www.awim.org .
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, the SAE Foundation supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.
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