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Elementary Students Set to Compete in JetToy Olympics during SAE International World Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 5, 2011 - More than 500 elementary students will compete for gold on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the JetToy Olympics during the SAE 2011 World Congress at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Supported by the SAE Foundation, The JetToy Olympics bring together students who have participated in SAE International’s hands-on, classroom-based, A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. During the competition, teams of four students will work together and use their knowledge from classroom experience to construct balloon-powered JetToys to compete for various distance and accuracy awards.

The event begins in the Detroit Hall at Cobo Center at 9 a.m. EST and will finish with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. EST.  Cobo Center is located at 301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226.

Schools currently registered to participate include:

·Allen Elementary School- Plymouth Canton Community Schools

·Barton Elementary School- Detroit Public Schools

·Cesar Chavez Academy –Michigan Charter School

·Cooper Upper Elementary School – Livonia Public Schools

·Davison Elementary School- Detroit Public Schools

·Detroit Day School for the Deaf -Detroit Public Schools

·Emerson Elementary School- Detroit Public Schools

·Friendship Public Schools –D.C. Charter School

·John Trix Elementary School- Detroit Public Schools

·Maybury Elementary School- Detroit Public Schools

·O W Holmes- Detroit Public Schools

·Our Lady of Good Counsel School- Archdiocese of Detroit

·Palm Parker Elementary School- Detroit Public Schools

·Roosevelt Elementary School- West Bloomfield School District

·St. Edith Elementary School-Archdiocese of Detroit

·Saint. Johns School – Diocese of Lansing         

·St. Michael School – Archdiocese of Detroit

·St. Stephens Lutheran School

·Wisdom High International School –Nashik, Maharshtra, India

·Workman Elementary School- Plymouth Canton Community Schools

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

It is the fifth year for the JetToy Olympics at Cobo Center. In 2010, more than 500 students participated. It is the first year for the Fuel Cell Olympics.

Johnson Controls provides lead sponsorship for the event. TRW also serves as a sponsor.

SAE International also will host the Fuel Cell Olympics, which also uses the AWIM program, on Thursday, April 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Oakland Hall.

Press seeking credentials to cover these events 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 annual banquet on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at The Fillmore Detroit. During the banquet, Industry Leadership Awards will be presented to John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America; and Peter Marks, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Robert Bosch LLC.

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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