Make a Difference

Breaking New Ground Across the United States

Innovative Partnerships Impact Rural and Urban Communities from Coast to Coast

From classrooms in remote Rocky Mountain regions to schools in bustling, busy cities, partners supporting the SAE Foundation and A World In Motion are making an impact on thousands of students each year. Each community partnership is unique, offering a PreK-16 STEM solution that meets the needs of each community and making an impact that will last for generations to come.

Rocky Mountain AWIM Initiative (RMAI)

Supported by Arne Siegel, a collaboration with the Montana Learning Center & Boeing and the Cross Charitable Foundation, RMAI has reached more than 20,000 students since getting its start in the mid- 1990’s. With an array of corporate and community partnerships we have instituted the Rocky Mountain AWIM Initiative (RMAI). Montana's OPI Superintendent, Denise Juneau together with First Lady Nancy Schweitzer value SAE's AWIM programs as highlighted on Montana's Web Site. AWIM program standards are closely aligned with the Common Core Standards from Kindergarten, using a literature based awareness to STEM education, all the way through high school science, math and technology educational applications and analysis. Ms Juneau's support of the Montana Common Core standards is summed up as "The new common core standards spell out for all 13 grades - even kindergarten - the precise skills and knowledge students should master each year in math and English." Montana Common Core Analysis Report.

RMAI took root from previous undertakings (Frontier States Initiative) to foster STEM education since the mid-1990s. Arne Siegel, a prominent Montana businessman, in an effort to secure Montana students with the best technological and science based education, began working with Montana ambassadors from universities, former governors, and various business leaders. His idea generated years of research and financial support from SAE through his Frontier States Initiative. Together with Mr. Siegel SAE has re-established, revitalized, and rejuvenated this promise through the newly formed Rocky Mountain AWIM Initiative (RMAI).It is our goal to ensure every child in every school in Montana, has the opportunity to discover and engage in AWIM. As with any initiative, we cannot do this alone. We need the support of business and industry leaders to champion their community of schools and as a result guarantee a workforce with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Iowa Governor’s STEM Scale-Up Initiative

A World In Motion has been chosen for the 4th year in a row as one of the 8 STEM education providers in the state of Iowa through the Governor’s special initiative. Through this initiative AWIM has reached 30,000 students, 1/3 of the 100,000 recipients of the STEM programming in the state of Iowa. The impacts AWIM is having are noteworthy.

  • Students participating in AWIM activities in 8th grade are 2X as likely to take advanced math and science in high school
  • Students show improved school attendance
  • Teachers show increased comfort teaching STEM subject material in a hands-on, real-world setting
  • 75% of students show improvements in classroom and standardized test scores.

Alcoa & Lubrizol Communities

Today's students are the technology leaders of tomorrow. This district-wide initiative partners volunteers from Alcoa and neighboring companies with teachers to bring science and technology to life in fifth grade classrooms across the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. These volunteers have given their time and expertise to help facilitate the AWIM program and to improve STEM achievement and retain interest at a critical age. The transition between fifth and sixth grades is when most students can lose interest in math and science subjects. Through Alcoa Foundation's generous financial support and Alcoa's employee volunteer participation, more than 4,000 Cleveland Metropolitan School District fifth grade students have experienced part of the AWIM curriculum. Additionally, Lubrizol Corporation is making a donation to this initiative for the 2014 - 2015 school year.


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. Funding from Bosch provides needed resources for program development, enhancement and distribution.

The Bosch grant enables positive results in increasing student achievement and participation in STEM learning through continued distribution and support of the AWIM program. Bosch's continued support of the annual JetToy International Competition shows their dedication and commitment to the AWIM Program and to the students.

John Deere

The John Deere Inspire initiative is funding the A World in Motion® program in several John Deere communities throughout the U.S., with a plan to expand the initiative worldwide in the future.


John Deere Inspire is a global initiative that is designed to inspire the next generation of innovators through education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), coupled with connections and hands-on experiences with the real world. John Deere considers STEM literacy increasingly important for all students, regardless of career choice, to support 21st century learning and jobs.

John Deere's ultimate objective with this initiative is to significantly increase the number of high-quality students, including underrepresented talent, who enroll, graduate and are successfully working in STEM-related professions, and consider John Deere an employer of choice.


A global leader in size, scope, reach and character, Caterpillar Inc. is a genuine enabler of sustainable world progress and opportunity, defined by the brand attributes of global leadership, innovation, and sustainability. Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. has pledged $75,000 to support the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program in Caterpillar communities.


Launching the AWIM program in various Caterpillar communities provides students with exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and how these topics relate to real-world scenarios. With a focus on the JetToy Challenge, the objective is to engage students in STEM subjects, and eventually careers, through the AWIM program.Without AWIM, these students may not have had the opportunity to participate in engaging, hands-on, project-based learning, or to realize the opportunities for careers in STEM fields.


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.

FCA Foundation

We were proud in 2015 to honor FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne with the SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award at our Annual Celebration Event. Mr. Marchionne captivated event attendees with an insightful speech after spending time visiting with young students and learning about their enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

FCA has supported our mission through their participation in the Annual Celebration event and, more recently, with grant funds to support the A World In Motion program throughout the country, including FCA communities.

"FCA hopes that by engaging students at an early age, we can inspire the next generation of thought-leaders, innovators and problem-solvers that are so vital to our industry and America's future," said Mark M. Chernoby, Senior Vice President of Engineering, FCA Group LLC.

GM Foundation

The General Motors Foundation is a long-time supporter of the SAE Foundation and the A World In Motion®(AWIM) program. The development of the AWIM Fuel Cell, Gravity Cruiser and Making Music Challenges are the direct result of GM Foundation’s funding. Equally valuable, GM continues to maintain a strong AWIM volunteer base with over 1,400 GM volunteers currently volunteering in local schools annually.

The GM Foundation also sponsors the International Fuel Cell Competition each year at SAE's World Congress, a friendly competition held annually at SAE World Congress, where students (in Engineering Design Teams of three or four) compete in distance, accuracy, weight carrying and speed events.

Honeywell Communities

As part of its commitment to Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the Honeywell - SAE International Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC) has become an exemplary educational outreach program demonstrating Honeywell and SAE's dedication to continued improvement in STEM education. Since 2008 Honeywell has committed $220,000 to the program and more than 100 Honeywell employees have volunteered over 1000 hours; demand for it has increased allowing for a global expansion to schools representing nine different countries with an additional $150,000 pledged for the next three years. To date, more than 2000 students have participated in the SADC program as they work in engineering design teams to interact globally with other participating schools and represent their school and country in an international competition.


Using the A World in Motion (AWIM) Motorized Toy Challenge, the SADC program provides students with an assignment from a mock corporation to research, design, test, and build electric gear driven toy cars. Working in design teams of four, students will be involved in doing market research, writing proposals, drawing sketches, and working with models to develop a plan to meet a specific set of design requirements based on their market research. Each design team will build its own vehicle and do a presentation on their efforts to the Honeywell volunteers who have mentored them throughout the project.

Johnson Controls Foundation

For more than two decades, Johnson Controls has supported our mission and our relationship is tremendous example of how a partnership can impact an entire community.

Johnson Controls is the first corporate partner to support a district-wide initiative, implementing the A World In Motion program throughout Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Michigan. This successful partnership has impacted thousands of students in Plymouth-Canton and was expanded in 2011 to include schools from the FoxPoint/Bayside School District in Milwaukee, home of Johnson Controls’ headquarters.

Perhaps most impressive is the level of employee dedication within Johnson Controls. A team of volunteers works tireless to ensure that classrooms are equipped with an industry volunteer. The Plymouth-Canton team has even coordinated volunteer efforts for neighboring corporations.

In addition to impacting thousands of students with their support of the AWIM program in both Michigan and Milwaukee, the company also sponsors the International JetToy competition held during SAE International World Congress each April in Detroit.

We are delighted to continue this ground-breaking partnership with Johnson Controls.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

The SAE Foundation couldn't be more pleased to begin a partnership with KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG)! KIA's generous gift will significantly impact science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Georgia between 2012 and 2014.

KMMG's commitment to STEM and the community is strengthened by this partnership with SAE Foundation and the Troup County School System located in Georgia. SAE Foundation will use these funds over the next three years to provide services to the school system through the implementation of SAE's K-12 STEM Education A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. KMMG is making one of its largest contributions to date with this project.

"Our team members take great pride in Kia serving as a responsible and respected citizen in the local community, especially when it comes to youth education. This pledge to fund the AWIM program allows KMMG to uphold a philosophy we call the Kia Way, which says we will all work together to make today better than yesterday. SAE's proven reputation and the experience it has working with the automotive industry were key factors in forming this partnership." - J. Randy Jackson, vice president of human resources and administration, KMMGKIA Communities


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!

"The Straw Rocket and Rolling Things programs are wonderful cross-curricular programs that grab the student's attention and pull them into the learning. It gives the students the opportunity to test, collaborate, question, and challenge the ideas taught in the program and make connections to the real world! It is absolutely amazing how students use the vocabulary correctly, realize that math and science are exciting, and apply what they learn in the program such as, problem solving, team work, and collaboration to other situations both in the classroom and outside of the classroom." - Debbie Herman, Third Grade Teacher

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.


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