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SAE and SME Join to Offer Engineering Camp in Pennsylvania

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 8, 2008 - Students in grades four through six from South Park Middle School in South Park, Pa., will learn the fundamentals of mobility engineering during Gateway Camp, July 14-18. 

The five-day camp is co-sponsored by SAE International and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation and is funded by the SME Education Foundation.

Gateway Camp participants will use SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) curriculum, which is funded by the SAE Foundation.

SAE recently won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious 2008 Public Service Award for its work to increase the public’s understanding of science and engineering. SAE was recognized for its AWIM curriculum and for its Collegiate Design Series program.

Gateway Camp is specifically designed by the SME Education Foundation and SAE International to help talented elementary school students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“We are happy to partner with SME for the Gateway Camp,” Matthew Miller, Manager, K-12 Education Programs for SAE International, said. “Programs such as these provide an important service by helping to educate students at an early age in the essential learning skills of science and math.”

AWIM brings math and science principles to life through highly interactive learning experiences that incorporate the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics. “Challenges” include building a skimmer propelled by air that glides 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.  

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