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Third Annual A World In Motion International Fuel Cell Competition Brings Science to Life for Metro Detroit Students - International Fuel Cell Competition Winners Announced

DETROIT, April 19, 2013 - SAE International hosted the third annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Fuel Cell Competition on Thursday, April 18.  The competition focused on explaining scientific concepts to K-12 students in an easily approachable, hands-on environment.

Sponsored by the General Motors Foundation, the International Fuel Cell Competition invited more than 150 upper elementary and middle school students to compete in utilizing hydrogen fuel cells to power small car models.  The competition is judged in four categories:  endurance, endurance with weight, accuracy and speed.

Student teams electrolyzed distilled water in a reversible Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell to produce hydrogen that acted as an energy source for the cars’ electric motors.  With the assistance of teachers and professional industry volunteers, the International Fuel Cell Competition showed students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in real world situations.

“Programs like AWIM are an important as they encourage students to become familiar with and interested in STEM-related subjects,” said Karen Nicklin, Manager, Educational Initiatives, GM Foundation – a seven year volunteer with AWIM. “The U.S. ranks 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering, so it’s great to see firsthand how this program brings these students to life and inspires their  passion for learning.”

"The General Motors Foundation has played an integral role in helping to create the Fuel Cell Challenge." said Lori Gatmaitan, Illenge." said Lori Gatmaitan, interim Director, SAE Foundation.  "This year's Grand Champion, Clippert Academy, exuded the passion and excitement that keeps this competition competitive annually."

Competition results were as follows:

2013 Grand Champion – Team #12 (Clippert – Detroit, MI)

The grand champion is recognized as the overall highest scoring team in all four of the judged competitions.



1st - Team #12 (Clippert)


2nd - Team #11 (Clippert)


3rd - Team #5 (Gompers – Detroit, MI)

Endurance with weight


1st - Team #7 (Emerson)


2nd - Team #12 (Clippert)


3rd - Team #39 (Detroit County Day School – Bloomfield Hills, MI)



1st - Team #10 (Clippert)


2nd - Team #12 (Clippert)  


3rd - Team #28 (Lincoln – Warren, MI)



1st - Team #4 (Gompers)


2nd - Team #41 (Detroit County Day School)  


3rd - Team #32 (Lincoln)



About the General Motors Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates.  Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM.  The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

About SAE
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 educational programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

SAE International is a global association of more than 133,000 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.