DETROIT (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
SAE International hosted the seventh annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International JetToy Competition on Wednesday, April 17. The competition focused on explaining scientific concepts to K-12 students in an easily approachable, hands-on environment.
Sponsored by Johnson Controls, Bosch, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and TRW, the International JetToy Competition invited more than 500 upper elementary and middle school students to create and compete JetToy vehicles. The competition is judged in four categories: distance, accuracy, weight carrying and time.
With the assistance of teachers and industry volunteers, the International JetToy Competition showed students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in real world applications.
“At a time when the United States is experiencing a STEM crisis, it’s refreshing to see students so engaged in collaboration and competition,” said Russ Burgei, VP Complete Seat Engineering Americas, Johnson Controls. “We are proud to support a program that gets students passionate about STEM related fields.”
“This annual event at SAE World Congress showcases the STEM leaders of tomorrow,” said Lori Gatmaitan, Interim Director, SAE Foundation. “We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their financial commitment but also their enthusiasm for the competitions.”
Competition results were as follows:
2013 Grand Champion—Team #7 (St. Michael – Livonia, MI)
The grand champion is recognized as the overall highest scoring team in all four of the judged competitions.
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.