In 2022, Polestar Automotive North America committed to help the SAE Foundation implement engaging, project-based learning experiences to prepare students with knowledge and skills for the future. As a part of this initiative, Polestar provided funding for the SAE A World In Motion® (AWIM®) Electric Vehicle (EV) after school program for 5th and 6th graders which launched in September 2023 at Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, New Jersey. In December, employee volunteers from Polestar assisted the SAE Foundation at the program’s culmination where students raced the EV cars they designed and built in a fun, friendly competition.
“We are happy and honored to be one of the first companies to roll out this AWIM Afterschool EV Challenge with the SAE Foundation. It made more of an impact than we could have imagined, and it aligns so beautifully with our mission of promoting sustainable mobility. Having the opportunity to do this was incredible and we cannot thank SAE enough for their support.”
– Amna Qureshi, Internal Communication at Polestar
The future holds immense opportunity as Polestar and SAE work together to expand the AWIM program to additional Polestar communities of operations throughout North America. Polestar employees at the Ridgeville, South Carolina site volunteered in a special education class at Summerville High School in Dorchester School District to enrich learning through the AWIM program for more than 30 students. In Montreal, 75 students at École des Cèdres school in Laval, Quebec worked on the AWIM EV challenge with employee volunteers from Polestar supporting and enriching their learning.
During the second half of 2023, students in California will have access to hands-on STEM learning experiences through AWIM with support from Polestar employees. Polestar is working to bring AWIM learning experiences to Beyond the Bell students and supporting programming at the Electric Vehicle Learning Center in San Marcos, CA for summer camps, afterschool programs, and events.
Episode #169 of SAE’s Tomorrow Today podcast featuring Gregor Hembrough, the head of Polestar North America, is out now! Listen to how Polestar is forming the future of Electric Vehicles here!