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Cleveland Metropolitan School District Elementary Students Compete in SAE International’s Straw Rockets AWIM Programs

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 15, 2017 - More than 800 elementary students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have been participating in a two-week program using SAE International’s A World In Motion Straw Rockets Challenge, gaining hands-on engineering experience.  On Friday, May 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., winning teams will attend the 2017 Cleveland Metropolitan School District Competition at the East Professional Center Gymnasium: 1349 East 79th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103.  Approximately 150 students, in teams of four, will compete in both distance and accuracy competitions.

Made possible through a grant by the Arconic Foundation, the students began the program in April. In the Straw Rockets Challenge, students build, test and modify rockets made from drinking straws.  By changing one variable at a time, including the rockets’ shape, size and components, students employ problem-solving skills to design rockets that meet specific goals.

The A World In Motion program brings STEM education to life through hands-on activities for students in grades K-8. Each AWIM activity incorporates a curriculum built around the "Engineering Design Experience," and requires students to work in teams to solve a “challenge” to design, build and test a product. In addition, an industry volunteer works in the classroom to assist teachers with AWIM content delivery and serve as a role model, community liaison and professional resource.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

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