WARRENDALE, Pa. (Feb. 28, 2019) – Aramco has awarded a $100,000 grant to the SAE Foundation in support of its A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. The funds will offer more classroom-based STEM programing for nearly 3,000 K-8 students, as well as training for teachers, in Boston, Detroit, Houston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
The partnership provides project-based STEM programming that aligns with educational standards and teaches students critical STEM skills, how to work in teams, and present and defend their ideas. The program concludes with a competition in Houston, giving students the chance to see how others approached the project and their effect on the results.
“We are excited that Aramco has joined as a national partner,” said Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation. “Their support of AWIM reinforces not only their strong commitment to STEM education but also their leadership in helping to ensure that all students have access to critical STEM programming.”
AWIM provides students with the skills needed to succeed in real-world work environments and helps connect their classroom learning with real-life application. During the program, students engage in the Engineering Design Experience, which includes setting goals, building knowledge, designing, building, testing and presenting their findings to an audience of peers and/or teachers.
AWIM also provides professional development opportunities for teachers. This initiative includes providing teachers with the training they need to effectively teach the curriculum, supplying all program materials and supplies to each participating classroom and giving each teacher the opportunity to have a STEM industry volunteer participate in the program.
“Experiencing the subject matter through interactive learning makes it fun and memorable,” said Alma Kombargi, Director, Strategic Relations, Aramco Services Company. “The company looks for ways to support access to quality STEM learning and further the development of its own industry recognized Aramco iExplore program.”
The partnership with the SAE Foundation extends Aramco’s involvement with the AWIM program. Aramco engineers, scientists, and lab staff from its Aramco Research Center—Detroit, located in the suburb of Novi, are also members and frequent contributors to the technical program of SAE’s annual World Congress Experience.
About Aramco Services Company
Aramco Services Company (ASC) is a U.S.-based subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a world leader in integrated energy and chemicals, and has had a presence in the U.S. for more than 60 years. ASC is a contributor to the U.S. energy sector through employment, partnerships with energy peers and oil services companies, joint industry and academic collaborations, and research and technology development. The company is headquartered in Houston, and maintains offices in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Detroit.
ASC is committed to being a positive contributor in the communities where its employees live and work, and to making a difference through outreach that benefits the arts, geosciences, education and the environment. www.aramcoservices.com
About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.
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