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St. Edith Wins JetToy Olympics at SAE 2008 World Congress

DETROIT, April 16, 2008 - St. Edith School in Livonia, Mich., was the Grand Champion of the second annual JetToy Olympics held today at the SAE 2008 World Congress.

Sponsored by Johnson Controls, the JetToy Olympics featured more than 300 Detroit-area elementary students. In the JetToy challenge, students make balloon-powered toy cars that meet specific performance criteria. Jet propulsion, friction, air-resistance and design are the core scientific concepts students explore in this challenge.

Students were judged on several criteria, including speed, accuracy, distance, time and weight-carrying abilities. Gold, silver and bronze awards were presented for each category.

Participating schools included:

  • Bennett Elementary School     
  • Mae C. Jemison    
  • John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy   
  • Anna M. Joyce Elementary School  
  • Golightly Education Center     
  • Cooper Elementary School     
  • St. Edith School  
  • St. John School

More than 75 industry professionals volunteered their time and talents for the competition.

JetToy is one of seven challenges in SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. AWIM is a highly-interactive K-12 educational curriculum that brings math and science to life and has introduced more than four million students to rewarding engineering, science and technical career possibilities.

AWIM, which is funded by the SAE Foundation, recently won the National Science Board’s 2008 Public Service Award.  For more information about AWIM, visit .



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