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SAE International and Alcoa Join to Offer AWIM in Cleveland Metropolitan School District

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 13, 2009 - Fifth grade students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will learn the fundamentals of mobility engineering this May when they participate in SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) program.

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.

The program will run May 4-22 in 85 schools. The students will be participating in the JetToy Challenge, in which they design balloon-powered toy cars that meet specific performance criteria related to distance, speed and weight capacity.. Jet propulsion, friction, air resistance and design are the core scientific concepts students explore in this challenge.

“We are happy to partner with Alcoa and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for this important program,” 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.”

This program is being funded by a $100,000 grant through the Alcoa Foundation. Alcoa engineers and other technical professionals will work one-on-one with student teams over a three-week period. Exposing students to professions that use math and science skills, such as engineering, is an important element of this program.

SAE International 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 International was recognized for its AWIM curriculum and for its Collegiate Design Series program.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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