Author Archives: Joy Lancaster

PreK Students Learn About STEM By Exploring Nature

It was there all along. An unassuming Jacaranda tree next to a tire swing at the Children’s Center at Caltech. Students in the PreK program passed under the tree dozens of times without giving it much thought. That was until …


SAE Announces STEM Innovation Contest 2022 Winners

April 22, 2022 | Posted in News From Us
Chowdhury STEM Innovation contest winners 2022

When you’re trying to solve complex real-world issues, the best place to start is to look for problems–ideally problems with which you have a personal connection. From traffic congestion, to global food insecurity, and climate change, winners of the Chowdhury …


SAE STEM Program Recognized By EdTech Awards 2022

April 21, 2022 | Posted in News From Us, Teachers & Volunteers

For the second year in a row, SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®) PreK-12 STEM education program has been recognized by The EdTech Awards being named a finalist in two categories “Best Coding, Computer Science, Engineering Solution” and “Best …


Baja SAE Inspires High School Student to Attend College and Study Engineering

April 20, 2022 | Posted in Georgia, Life & Physical Science, Stories
Baja SAE Arizona

College was never an attractive option. In fact, it was hardly a consideration. When Alex Solakian was a junior in high school south of Atlanta, he planned on attending a local trade school after graduation. Right around that time, his …


PreK Students in Arizona Use Building To Explore STEM

“Are we building today?” For 29 PreK students in Chandler, Arizona, Fridays were their chance to transform their classroom into an active construction zone. One-by-one, they put on their safety helmets as they got ready to learn about buildings and …


Auto Mechanic and Nurse Spark Daughter’s Lifelong Passion for STEM

October 27, 2021 | Posted in Life & Physical Science, Stories
myra blanco sae foundation stem story

What might look like an everyday socket wrench to some, was an introduction to mathematics and numbers for five-year-old Myra Blanco. The daughter of an auto mechanic and nurse living in Puerto Rico, Myra spent every waking hour in her …


Students Get Creative, Build Fully-Electric Toy Cars at STEM Camp

October 26, 2021 | Posted in California, Emerging Technologies, Stories
AWIM STEM challenge electric car

Creativity. When you ask most middle and high school students about engineering, that’s one word that usually doesn’t come to mind. That is unless you ask students from the Electric Vehicle Learning Center (EV-LC), a non-profit in San Marcos, California. …


Navy Veteran Goes Back to School, Competes in Baja SAE

October 24, 2021 | Posted in California, Life & Physical Science, Stories
University of San Diego Baja SAE team

“If you can get it running, go ahead.” That’s all Chad Bear needed to hear from his dad before he launched into fixing up the 1968 Bridgestone 50 motorcycle that was given to him by his Uncle Ron. The bike …


Cleveland Teacher Changes Perceptions About STEM for Young Girls

August 12, 2021 | Posted in Ohio, Stories, Teachers & Volunteers
AWIM Straw Rocket STEM Competition

“You’re the science teacher?” a fourth grader asks. “Yes” the teacher responds. “But you’re a girl.” When Carla Neely’s all-girl class of fourth graders first met her at Cleveland Metropolitan School District, it was almost like they were in disbelief …


Team Calgary Flies High, Navigates COVID to Win SAE AEROCONNECT Challenge 

July 29, 2021 | Posted in News From Us

The inaugural SAE AeroConnect Challenge™ was just over a week away. As a team of engineering students from the University of Calgary prepared to travel to California to participate in the competition, COVID-19 hit—putting a halt to their plans and …