Warrendale, Pa. (PRWEB) June 06, 2014
The Chrysler Foundation has awarded $75,000 to the SAE Foundation to support SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, providing high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming to students in grades K-8.
The Chrysler Foundation’s support will help inspire and educate nearly 3,000 elementary and middle school students, teaching them critical math and science concepts in a hands-on, interactive program while exposing them to the possibilities that exist in STEM-related careers.
“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. We are grateful to the Chrysler Foundation for its support of critically important STEM programs such as AWIM,” commented Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation.
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.
“Chrysler hopes that by engaging students at an early age, we can inspire the next generation of thought-leaders, innovators and problem-solvers that are so vital to our industry and America’s future,” said Mark M. Chernoby, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC.
About The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people and investing in local communities. The Chrysler Foundation focuses its support on four key areas: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for the nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood. Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
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 145,000 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.