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SAE and NSBE Join to Offer Engineering Camp for Washington D.C. Students

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 6, 2007 - The basic elements of mobility engineering – and the fun that goes along with learning those principles – are on the summer agenda for hundreds of Washington, D.C., area elementary students in July.

SAE International and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are teaming to offer Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) a three-week technology camp held Monday through Friday from July 9-27. Three hundred students are expected to take part in the camp, which will be held at Friendship Edison School.

SEEK participants will use SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) curriculum, which is funded by the SAE Foundation. The SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education. The SEEK camp is being funded in part by a $1 million donation by Caterpillar Inc. to the SAE Foundation.

AWIM brings math and science principles to life through highly interactive learning experiences that incorporate the laws of physics, motion, flight, and electronics. “Challenges” will include building a skimmer propelled by air that will glide across a surface; building a jet toy with a chassis that is powered by a balloon, and building a steel can rover. All challenges are designed to bring authentic engineering design experiences to the classroom.

“This is a very important program that will help educate students in underserved communities,” Matthew Miller, Manager, K-12 Education Programs for SAE International, said. “NSBE has recognized that it is essential to reach out to students as early as possible in order to equip them with essential learning skills.”

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