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.