The decline of students enrolling in science and technology programs is threatening the country’s ability to meet future workforce demands and present repercussions that will be felt for generations to come. SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, provides high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming to students in grades K-8. The Caterpillar Foundation is investing $75,000 with the SAE Foundation for this program.
The Caterpillar Foundation’s investment will help inspire and educate nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students in Caterpillar communities, 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. “Quality STEM education not only, teaches students the “hows” and “whys” of the way things work, but also the essential “soft-skills” of solving complex problems, communicating clearly, raising questions, assimilating information and working cooperatively toward common goals. We are grateful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its support of critically important STEM programs such as AWIM,” commented Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation.
Over the last 24 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.
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.caterpillar.com/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 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 www.awim.org.