Among AISIN’s corporate culture is the phrase “Be With”. AISIN embraces their role as a corporate citizen and encourages employees to volunteer in local charities and civic groups. Among the causes ASIN supports is the SAE Foundation and they have done so for 25 years.
We have seen AISIN live their “Be With” philosophy time and time again through their generous support of STEM education and their Mentor Sponsorship of the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration where they host Lawrence Technological University Collegiate Design Series students at the event.
We are proud to have AISIN as a true partner and ally in our mission and look forward to the next 25 years.
Aramco Services Company
Aramco Services Company
Aramco Services Company (ASC) joins as a national partner for the SAE Foundation’s A World in Motion ® (AWIM) program, helping to expand this hands-on learning experience for K-8 students.
With its $100,000 grant, nearly 3,000 students in Detroit, Boston, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. will participate in building models, understanding forces and motion, and learning though this nationally benchmarked program with a student competition planned for the Houston area.
Aramco has been making the connection with STEM education not only through its involvement in programs like AWIM but also with its own industry-recognized STEM program Aramco iExplore created in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
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.
As the world’s largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation and test systems, AVL understands the importance of a strong science, technology, engineering and math education.
By funding the prestigious Gordon Millar Award, AVL helps the SAE Foundation recognize individuals and organizations who best demonstrate continuous philanthropic support of our mission.
From their support to their support of the Gordon Millar Award to their support of A World In Motion ® and the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration, AVL is a longtime friend and valued partner.
Since 1987, BorgWarner has partnered with the SAE Foundation to help deliver STEM programming to students in South Carolina. A partnership in the truest sense of the word, their investment includes volunteer support in addition to financial support.
BorgWarner provided funding to implement the A World In Motion ® Primary (K-3) program in addition to supporting programming for higher grades with curriculum such as the JetToy in the Anderson One School District. After impacting thousands of students in Anderson One, they have expanded their reach to Oconee County schools in an effort to expose this community to the same worthwhile experiences that Anderson One students have had.
BorgWarner has also supported the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration, most recently as a Platinum sponsor.
BorgWarner’s partnership is a great example of a mutually beneficial relationship impacting a community full of young learners, providing meaningful volunteer experiences for employees and building goodwill as a corporate citizen.
Bosch has been an integral part of the growth and successes of the SAE Foundation and its STEM education programs since 1988. Bosch has demonstrated a strong commitment to furthering the cause for the critical need for STEM education with its early support of the development of A World In Motion®, consistent sponsorship of the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration and continuing funding for AWIM program distribution.
Bosch has supported programming throughout the country, with a focus on the Bosch communities of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Mt. Prospect, Illinois and Charleston/Greenville, South Carolina.
In addition to this critical funding, more than 150 Bosch employees volunteer in AWIM classrooms each year. Bosch support has impacted nearly 8,000 students since 1988.
Bosch is also an active supporter of SAE’s Collegiate Design SeriesTM.
The Cross Charitable Foundation, located in West Yellowstone, Montana, has been a strong supporter of the SAE Foundation since 2012 donating $190,000 to the Western States AWIM Initiative. One of Cross’ focus areas is to provide education that actively engages youth and promotes them to become productive and contributing members of their communities. With the Cross Charitable Foundation’s support—we reach more than over 1,200 students each year—introducing STEM concepts to children as early as kindergarten.
With 64% of Montana’s population in rural and remote areas, Montana suffers from a shortage of teachers with strong backgrounds and teaching experience in math and science—particularly in rural and remote areas. The Western States Initiative provides educators with STEM knowledge and skills needed to teach STEM curriculum in order to develop and retain quality teachers. The Western States AWIM Initiative increases access to STEM education to include all students—with emphasis on closing opportunity gaps for rural, female and minority students. Improving students’ access to challenging STEM experiences boosts their learning outcomes and greatly improves students’ future college and career opportunities.
Since 1904, Dana Holding Corporation has been providing axles, driveshafts and other crucial parts to the mobility industry and they also have a long history of supporting the SAE Foundation.
Dana has supported the SAE Foundation for more than two decades through their consistent participation in the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration and support of the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program.
Based in Maumee, Ohio, Dana’s partnership with the SAE Foundation has directly impacted students in Toledo and Springfield, Ohio school systems. With a strong cadre of volunteers, Dana has certainly taken ownership of their community, ensuring that students in their region have access to the best STEM programming available.
For more than 20 years, DENSO has been one of our key partners, demonstrating their commitment to STEM education and to our mission to inspire curiosity in STEM. A proud Mentor Sponsor of the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration, DENSO hosts SAE Collegiate Design SeriesTM (CDS) students at the event so that they have the chance to network with industry executives.
In 2018, DENSO became the sponsor of SAE Foundation’s Young Industry Leadership Award, which recognizes young STEM professionals for outstanding leadership and accomplishment
Understanding the strong academic foundation needed for students to succeed in college and beyond, DENSO extends their support from young learners with the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program to university students in SAE’s CDS program.
The company’s support of AWIM helps to provide K-8 students with high-quality STEM education programming, helping to ignite the spark of curiosity in a new generation of scientists and engineers. Most recently, DENSO has supported the program in third – fifth grade classrooms in McMinn and Polk counties, Tennessee, engaging DENSO’s Athens, Tennessee employees as classroom volunteers.
For more than a decade, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, has been a critical partner of the SAE Foundation, supporting the SAE Foundation’s mission to increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.
Over the last five years, the FCA Foundation has provided support for A World In Motion® (AWIM), impacting more than 10,000 students in communities including Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, Lake Orion, Macomb, Rochester Hills and Warren, Michigan. Moreover, several FCA Foundation-supported AWIM classrooms have competed in the annual JetToy in Detroit, with eight teams placing in the top 25% of the 110 teams that competed; and dozens of FCA US employees have served as classroom volunteers, further enhancing the experience for students and teachers.
Ford Motor Company and The Ford Fund
Ford Motor Company and The Ford Fund
Ford Motor Company and The Ford Motor Company Fund have supported the SAE Foundation since 1987. A longtime sponsor of the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration, Ford also supports A World In Motion® (AWIM), the Collegiate Design SeriesTM (CDS) and the SAE/Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Scholarship for Ford Next Generation Learning high school students.
Ford has supported AWIM in Ford Next Generation Learning communities, helping to build a pipeline for middle school students who are on a path to attend a Ford Next Generation Learning high school. Ford also supports AWIM in Detroit Public Schools and has provided funding for AWIM LearnTwice, an initiative that places CDS students as volunteers in AWIM classrooms.
General Motors and SAE International have teamed up to provide K–college students with stimulating, hands-on STEM educational opportunities guided by industry experts. These programs aim to inspire curiosity in STEM education and ultimately transform today’s students into tomorrow’s engineers. By partnering with the SAE Foundation, General Motors aligns its business needs with an organization dedicated to the development of the future workforce.
The development of the AWIM Fuel Cell, Gravity Cruiser, Making Music, Programming Each Other and Cybersecurity: Keeping Our Networks Secure Challenges are the direct result of GM’s support and funding. Equally valuable, GM continues to maintain a strong AWIM volunteer base with over 1,900 GM volunteers volunteering in local schools annually. Distribution and resource development for all AWIM curricula focus on GM communities, especially in southeast Michigan, Phoenix and Austin, and teacher and volunteer training for employees, retirees and teachers has increased in these areas.
In 2017, GM expanded its relationship with SAE to fund a new teacher professional development (PD) model for AWIM. This includes a full Learning Management System (LMS) integration for online/on-demand teacher PD in cybersecurity, project management and engineering design. This platform will be the first of its kind to fully accredit K–8 teachers in these disciplines through a teacher credentialing system.
In addition to early education, GM supports college-level students through the SAE Collegiate Design Series. The AutoDrive Challenge™ is part of SAE’s Collegiate Design Series, a diverse collection of engineering competitions including Aero Design, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, Formula Electric, Baja SAE and Supermileage. In 2017, GM and SAE launched a three-year autonomous vehicle design competition, with the technical goal of navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode (related to the SAE J3016 Level 4 Automated Driving standard). A total of 474 students, from eight North American universities, are participating in the AutoDrive Challenge, and GM has provided each team with a Chevrolet Bolt EV as the vehicle platform.
Click here to learn more about the GM Foundation’s long-standing partnership with the SAE Foundation and their unwavering commitment to STEM education.
Howmet Aerospace Foundation
Howmet Aerospace Foundation
Howmet’s strong commitment to the Cleveland community and to STEM education is exemplified in their support for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). The Howmet Aerospace Foundation (formerly known as the Arconic and Alcoa Foundations) has supported the A World In Motion® (AWIM) for CMSD elementary school students since 2007.
The program began as a summer camp but the district quickly saw AWIM’s benefits and wanted to implement AWIM into its science curriculum. With the support of the Howmet Aerospace Foundation, this wish became a reality
In addition to funding, Howmet provides the opportunity for employees to volunteer. These passionate, energetic volunteers make an enormous impact on student learning and they help students develop an interest in STEM subjects and careers. For many CMSD students, their connection with a Howmet volunteer is their first exposure to a STEM industry professional.
Howmet’s support impacts more than 700 students and more than 25 teachers each year and has reached 9,000 students since the program began.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.
Kia Powers STEM through School-based Partnership
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) has a strong commitment to move the needle forward on STEM education in local communities through the SAE International A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. Since the start of the partnership in 2012, hundreds of teachers in Georgia and Alabama have received AWIM resources, training and support to deliver engaging, hands-on STEM learning experiences reaching 77,750 students in more than 60 schools.
This focused support starts with AWIM program distribution and extends to Kia volunteers working with students and educators to enrich the AWIM learning experience by sharing their personal expertise and serving as positive role models.
In 2013, KMMG began sponsoring an annual culminating student AWIM competition giving students the chance to put their skills to use in a friendly competition. Students work in teams to apply concepts they learned in the classroom to design the most efficient and smooth-running balloon-powered vehicle.
“Students get excited about the hands-on learning opportunities AWIM brings to the classroom. Combined with the real-world experience of Kia volunteers, we hope more students become interested in STEM careers and understand the value of skills such as teamwork, problem solving and innovation.”
─ Chris Miller, chief administrative officer, KMMG
In 2007, Nissan Motor Company announced a generous contribution to the SAE Foundation for the development, testing, and launching of SAE’s A World In Motion (AWIM) primary learning materials. These cutting-edge, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education activities were launched in 2012 at the Detroit International Auto Show, with long awaited anticipation and fanfare.
After the product launch, Nissan generously renewed its commitment to the SAE Foundation to continue reaching students at the earliest age possible with AWIM’s primary, elementary, and middle school curriculum and activity kits. It was a year of outstanding results and Nissan has played a significant role in making this success possible!
PPG Industries has partnered with the SAE Foundation to deliver SAE’s A World In Motion program to students throughout southeast Michigan and Ontario.
Through our partnership since 2016, PPG has helped reach nearly 3,000 students, giving them access to hands-on, classroom-based STEM programming and ignite their interest in STEM. They support the program with both funding and volunteer support.
PPG is the world’s leading paint, coatings and speciality materials company, with global headquarters in Pittsburgh. PPG and the PPG Foundation collaborate with community partners and employees to make their vision of bringing color and brightness to communities around the world a reality.
In 2012, the SAE Foundation built a partnership between the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation to incorporate quality thinking and practice into SAE educational programming as part of the Subir Chowdhury SAE Student Quality Competition. This Competition brought together defined quality thinking and practice and the research-proven STEM learning experiences of SAE to foster participation in both organizations’ work.
In Fall 2020, the A World In Motion program launched a refreshed contest, Chowdhury STEM Innovation Contest, focused on encouraging young learners to apply critical & creative thinking to develop an innovative & quality STEM solution to a real world problem that they care about. More information on the contest can be found at www.sae.org/chowdhury.
Tesla Invests $1.5 million to Support SAE’s A World In Motion in Nevada
The grant is part of Tesla’s $37.5 million investment in Nevada’s K-12 STEM and sustainability education. SAE International and Tesla are working together to impact up to 25,000 kindergarten through eighth grade students in Nevada over the next four years.
This collaboration includes plans to engage Formula SAE Electric students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno through SAE’s AWIM LearnTwice, a program that places university and high school students in classrooms as volunteers and mentors.
The hands-on and innovative program is providing teachers and students with access to mobility industry professionals and students who are pursuing more advanced studies. The funding supports teacher and volunteer training, program implementation and teacher and volunteer support throughout the grant period.
“Tesla is on the forefront of the mobility industry, advancing innovations and knowledge sharing, so we are honored to partner with Tesla to expand our popular AWIM STEM program in Nevada and inspire students across the state through hands-on learning experiences,” said Lori Gatmaitan, director of the SAE Foundation. “Hands-on STEM education is critical to building the pipeline of future engineers and innovators, and Tesla’s support enables us to impact thousands of young minds to potentially pursue a career in mobility.”
AWIM supports Tesla’s K-12 STEM education pipeline through customizable programming that complements the structured programming of specific school districts to provide in-class, STEM exposure during each phase of education (grades K-3, 4-6 and 6-8). Additionally, where possible, programming will be integrated within districts and schools that feed into high schools that have active robotics teams supported by Tesla.
The goal of the SAE-Tesla partnership is to reach up to 5,000 students in the first year of program implementation, increasing annually to almost 8,000 students per year in year four.
Toyota USA Foundation
Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota Manufacturing together have comprised one of the strongest corporate supporters of the SAE Foundation and A World In Motion® (AWIM) programming since it began in 1990. In fact, since 2006 Toyota has contributed over $1.4 million dollars to encourage K-8th grade students in understanding and exploring STEM subjects. Toyota support makes it possible to truly inspire the next generation of innovators!
In addition this corporate support, Toyota employees contribute their time and talent to support AWIM programs in Toyota communities and ensure a STEM industry professional in every classroom working with AWIM and to maintain a 24:1 ratio which is critical to a positive student experience. Toyota’s commitment to STEM education and the SAE Foundation has had a significant impact on students.