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SAE Foundation Named Finalist in National Innovation Competition

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 10, 2011 - The SAE Foundation is a finalist in the “Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education” competition hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Opportunity Equation, and Ashoka Changemakers. The goal of the competition is to find innovative solutions for bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals into public schools to offer their talent, knowledge and real-world skills to students.

The SAE Foundation is nominated for its “Classroom to College STEM Connection” program, which aims to connect local college students in and around the Detroit area to students in the Detroit Public School System who currently participate in SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) JetToy activity.

As a top ten finalist, the SAE Foundation is eligible to win several prizes including the $20,000 People’s Choice Award to help facilitate its Classroom to College STEM Connection program. In addition, the SAE Foundation also is eligible to win one of two Judges’ Awards for $30,000 each and has been selected as a finalist for two distinct Special Focus Prizes.

“To be selected as a finalist in the Partnering for Excellence competition is an honor and a privilege,” Matthew Miller, director of the SAE Foundation and Pre-Professional Programs, said. “The Classroom to College STEM Connection provides a memorable learning experience for elementary students, and also provides a meaningful volunteer experience for university students who are willing to offer their time and knowledge. The program benefits all involved and we are proud of this recognition.” 

Winning programs will be determined via online voting, which is open to all. Voting is underway and will continue through Oct. 26. Winners will be announced on Nov. 15.

To vote for the SAE Foundation’s Classroom to College STEM Connection program, visit www.saefoundation.org, click on the VOTE button on the left-hand side, and follow the directions from there.

The SAE Foundation is the charitable arm of SAE International that strives to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series. 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.

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