A World In Motion®
SAE's A World In Motion® (AWIM®) PreK-12 program brings STEM education to life with an inquiry-based learning experience. We combine practical, hands-on learning and mentorship to provide equitable access to STEM.

Johnson Controls Communities

Johnson Controls (JCI) is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Creating quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles, with a continued commitment to sustainability is the focal point of Johnson Controls. Working with the Plymouth Canton Community Schools in Michigan, the first district-wide initiative using the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program was implemented. With a current gift of $30,000, Johnson Controls continues to work with Young Leadership Academy and Bayside Middle school from FoxPoint/Bayside School District, both located in Milwaukee. Johnson Controls continues to be the corporate supporter of these programs, providing financial support for the initiative, as well as coordinating the volunteer base. JCI coordinates volunteers from not only their own company but also Bosch, Detroit Diesel, Yazaki, Toyota Boshuku and AVL.


These initiatives in both Michigan and Milwaukee target students in the upper elementary grades, and are meant to capture the students during their years of inquisitive, yet impressionable development. Providing these students with a solid foundation in mathematics and science may help them to realize their potential love for STEM, and the possibilities for a successful and prosperous career in engineering, science, or technology. Giving teachers the materials needed to successfully introduce students to the STEM fields is an integral part of the initiative. Finally, enabling industry volunteers to get involved in the schools in their community by acting as content experts in the classrooms provides students with exposure to professionals in the STEM fields.


  • To provide a common curriculum for upper elementary teachers in the Plymouth Canton Community Schools District to teach science concepts by using the AWIM program
  • To expose over 2,000 students, between the Michigan and Milwaukee locations, to the STEM fields by allowing them the opportunity to participate in the A World In Motion program
  • To pair every upper elementary teacher, who participates in the AWIM program, in the Plymouth/ Canton Community Schools with a trained STEM professional in the classroom to serve as a content expert and student mentor during the AWIM experience
  • To continue as the event partner sponsor of the annual JetToy International Competition at the SAE World Congress


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