Detroit (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of electrified vehicles at General Motors, yesterday visited fifth grade students at Detroit Country Day School Junior School (DCDS) to celebrate Michigan STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Awareness Week. The fifth-graders participate in SAE International’s award-winning STEM education program, A World In Motion® (AWIM).
During an extracurricular after-school program, DCDS students had the chance to ask Fletcher questions about the future of electric vehicles and share with her what they’ve learned while building miniature fuel cell cars through AWIM. The science curriculum at DCDS Junior School incorporates hands-on activities, like AWIM, to further enhance a students' learning experience.
“Programs like A World In Motion allow students to connect to actual science and technology subjects and career paths so they can see how exciting a STEM-related career can be,” Fletcher said. “Engineers make the world go around. By learning about science, technology, engineering and math and seeing first-hand what engineers do, students see a career that allows them to do something new every day; to invent new things and literally change the way people live their lives.”
During the classroom visit, students showed off the fuel-cell vehicles they built and proudly demonstrated how far their cars could travel.
“We are always looking for new and innovative opportunities to apply science concepts to the real world,” said Lisa Zimmerman DCDS Junior School director. “The AWIM Program and Pam’s visit to our school helps further establish a positive attitude and excitement toward science amongst our students.”
“In order to succeed in the society of tomorrow, all children need to understand and apply STEM concepts in a real-world integrated setting. Participating in AWIM teaches them to solve complex problems, communicate clearly, raise questions, assimilate information and work cooperatively toward common goals. Detroit Country Day School has embraced this program, as well as many other schools across North America, because it works and gets kids excited about science and math,” commented Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation.
“Programs like A World In Motion are particularly important to engage young women in STEM-related careers. We know that women at a young age can be very interested but we also know that after about age 7, unless they’ve made some connection unless they can really understand what they would do every day on the job as an engineer, they lose interest,” Fletcher added.
Over the last 20 years, AWIM has reached over four million students in all 50 states and Canadian provinces and territories. More than 25,000 engineers, scientists and technology professionals have volunteered in partnership with the AWIM program.
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. To learn more, visit http://www.saefoundation.org.
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. To learn more about AWIM, visit http://www.awim.org.
About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
About Detroit Country Day School
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit http://www.dcds.edu.