Why I Give: Sabrina’s STEM Story

Sabrina Kirkley Chapman, Space Systems Engineer, and SAE Foundation Trustee, shares how she missed out on educational opportunities and today’s impact the SAE Foundation has on underserved communities. Read her story.

Growing up in a small town, I didn’t have access to many STEM education experiences. They were considered an enrichment activity and required extra money that my family didn’t have.

Even though I always loved science and math, spending hours with my cousin trying to build “the biggest tower ever” out of Lincoln Logs and Legos, I didn’t pursue a career in technology until my late 20s. Now I’ve been working as an engineer for more than 16 years.

I started supporting SAE’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®) STEM program as a volunteer in an after-school program in 2018, but always felt there was more I could do.

As someone who knows firsthand what it’s like to miss out on educational enrichment opportunities because of limited financial resources, I understand the impact access to AWIM can make in underserved communities.

Since every little bit helps, my recurring donations to the SAE Foundation will be combined with others to provide resources for the students who need them most.

Sabrina holding an AWIM JetToy with Foundation Engagement Officer, Joy Lancaster

I am honored to support the SAE Foundation as a donor, volunteer, and a Trustee. By sharing my time and resources, I know the SAE Foundation will be able to reach more young learners every year, providing them with critical access to hands-on STEM programming that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

On Giving Tuesday, I hope you’ll join me and give the gift of STEM education. Students are counting on us.

Sabrina Kirkley Chapman
Space Systems Engineer
SAE Foundation Trustee

You Can Make a Difference!

On Giving Tuesday, you can help more young learners become the mobility innovators of tomorrow by providing access to life-changing STEM education.

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