Qualcomm: Strengthening Communities to Inspire Young Minds
During the uncertainties of 2020, Qualcomm saw an opportunity to support students and educators by making an investment to transform STEM education and build generational wealth in their communities. As a leader in mobile and computing platforms for automotive applications, Qualcomm understands that a strong STEM-savvy workforce is essential to accelerate innovation to deliver ADAS, telematics, infotainment and cloud management mobile solutions through comprehensive system integration.
Qualcomm made a three-year commitment through the SAE Foundation to provide experiential, project-based STEM learning to students and educators. This gift will bring immersive STEM programming to 100-250 students annually, provide educators with professional development and pave an equitable path to future STEM careers.
The initial area of focus for Qualcomm’s investment was to launch a pilot for a new interactive digital/virtual learning experience built around the popular SAE International A World In Motion® (AWIM) Motorized Toy Car Challenge. This expanded virtual learning experience, in partnership with Active Learning Labs, supports distance and hybrid learning while introducing middle school students to engineering simulations, interactive worksheets, business simulations and design thinking methodology.
The pilot reached over 30 students at Sevilla Elementary School West Campus, a Title I school located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school proudly serves a diverse student population: 95% students of color; 22% English Language Learners; over 90% receive a free and/or reduced lunch rate and 11% of students receive special education services.
“We are excited to start on this three-year partnership with Qualcomm,” said Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation. “Their support of the AWIM program reflects their strong commitment and leadership to advance STEM education and provide enriching STEM learning experiences to all students to build vibrant communities.