The General Motors Foundation Pledges $350,000 to Support SAE Foundation's STEM Education Programming

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 4, 2013 - The SAE Foundation recently announced a $350,000 pledge from the General Motors Foundation for programming support on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.

The GM Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the SAE Foundation, funding community-based activities and program expansion along with challenges such as Gravity Cruiser and Fuel Cell Challenges. Over the past decade, the GM Foundation has granted over $5 million to provide sustained support for SAE’s “A World in Motion” initiative. Most recently, the GM Foundation has provided funding to support SAE in the expansion of the A World in Motion® (AWIM) Primary Program, which focuses on scientific-literacy at the kindergarten through third grade levels.

“The GM Foundation believes that investing in education that supports the next generation of leaders and innovators in STEM fields is important,” said Karen Nicklin, GM Foundation Manager of Educational Initiatives. “We stand behind the mission of the SAE Foundation to help today’s students become tomorrow’s scientists and engineers, and we look forward to helping them continue to expand the AWIM curriculum to keep up with the demand for more programming at the primary education level.”

AWIM is an award-winning program that brings STEM to life in the classroom. These programs help students to build a foundation for careers as engineers, scientists or technicians, to meet future workforce needs of companies like General Motors.

Over the past decade, the GM Foundation has donated more than $315 million in grants to support nonprofit organizations. GM and the GM Foundation provide sustained support for programs that reinforce math and science skills among metro Detroit schoolchildren, including the SAE Foundation’s AWIM initiative. In 2012, GM volunteers mentored nearly 8,500 students through the AWIM program.

“Through our partnership with the GM Foundation, we hope to inspire a new generation to regard math and science as potential careers with our focus on programming at the primary education level,” said Lori Gatmaitan, director, SAE Foundation. “In nine short months, SAE was able to reach over 15,000 students with the four new primary AWIM Challenges.”

Explosive results are a direct reflection of the need to start students early in STEM education. SAE is one of few organizations prepared to meet this demand with research-based educational activities at this level. 

About the SAE Foundation
The SAE Foundation is the charitable arm of
SAE International that strives to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through educational programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

About AWIM
SAE International’s A World In Motion ® (AWIM) is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Benchmarked to the national standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates.  Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM.  The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

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