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35th Annual SECME Summer Institute offers STEM-focused Professional Development to K-12 Educators - SAE International AWIM Developer Presents

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 19, 2011 - For over thirty years a major focus of SECME, Inc. has been teacher professional development focused on k-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). SECME’s capstone event for the professional renewal and revitalization is the Annual Summer Institute, hosted each year by one of its 41 member engineering universities.  This year the 35th Annual SECME Summer Institute was hosted by The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa’s College of Engineering, June 19-26, 2011. This intense eight-day residential professional development content is presented by SECME Member University faculty, SECME Alliance Partners’ industry and government agencies’ experts, and SECME Master Teachers. The focus of the Institute is to provide k-12 educators with STEM curriculum activities aligned to National Standards, cutting-edge content knowledge, and a framework for implementing SECME programs.

SAE International's A World In Motion® (AWIM) Program Developer, Mr. Ken Francis, was among the lead presenters at the 2011 SECME Summer Institute providing hands-on, inquiry-based educator professional development. “Benchmarked to the national standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.” Francis’ sessions, A World In Motion® Skimmer, JetToy, Gravity Cruiser Challenges (focused on grades 3-6 activities) and A World In Motion® Motorized Toy, Glider, and Fuel Cell Challenges (focused on grades 6-8), demonstrated to the teacher participants how to  bring STEM to life. A participant stated: “I want to get SAE into our school to do the challenge projects with our SECME students. We will order the kits and have competitions next year. Thank you SAE International!”

SECME was founded in 1975 by the Engineering Deans from six Southeastern universities: Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Tuskegee. Today SECME is a non-profit alliance that extends to 40 school systems, 39 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 15 states, the District of Columbia, and Grand Bahamas. SECME's mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented and under-served students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. SECME provides teacher professional development and coordinates student competitions across the country. Its National Headquarters is housed on the campus of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

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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