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SAE NEWS

INTRODUCING SAE AWIM
PROGRAMMING EACH OTHER
MORE THAN THREE YEARS in the making, General
Motors' latest fully funded initiative in partnership
with SAE International answers the growing need for
information technology (IT) education in schools.
GM and SAE saw an opportunity to make a difference
in schools-and the future workforce pipeline-across
the nation, particularly in areas without computer labs or
computers in students' homes. Computing occupations
make up 58% of all projected new jobs in STEM fields,
and computer science (CS) is one of the highest-paid
bachelor degrees. Yet not many schools teach CS, let
alone require CS credits for high school graduation.
In this environment demanding updated skills for
new careers, GM and SAE developed the curriculum
for Programming Each Other with partner Education
Development Center, with the goal of filling the gaps
between the jobs of tomorrow and the education of
today. Programming Each Other will become the newest
challenge from the A World In Motion (AWIM) program,
nurturing STEM skills at the Pre-K8 level.
Each lesson in the Programming Each Other Challenge
includes optional tech extensions and supporting videos,
as well as opportunities for students to apply their
knowledge and present their findings in a collaborative
environment. However, Programming Each Other is
designed as an "unplugged" way to introduce students
to IT, so it doesn't require access to computers to help
students grasp basic CS fundamentals. Instead, students
learn to write programs by developing computational
thinking skills with increasingly complex tasks.
Set to launch early next year, Programming Each Other
engages students with a challenge-they receive a letter
from a fictional publisher requesting ideas for a book to
introduce young children to programming. The publisher
asks students to write programs for accomplishing
everyday tasks.
Within this exciting premise, students explore basic
setbacks inherent to programming, and new levels of
difficulty are designed to introduce specific concepts,
including loops, conditional statements, variables, and
error handling. To make learning goals more complex,
students write examples of flawed instructions, as well
as effective programs, using technical terminology to
explain their revisions. This creates an effective way for
students to learn the fundamentals of programming.
After an initial smaller pilot test, the curriculum was
field-tested across the United States with educators for
grades 3-6. Teachers shared in-depth feedback that
further strengthened the curriculum.
"My students gained a lot from this unit. They were
able to work with the coding vocabulary at a handsMOMENTUM

on level, which I think is so helpful for them," said one educator who
participated in the field test. "My school also participated in Hour of
Code while we were doing this unit. My students were excited to add
loops and if-then conditionals to their coding since they actually knew
what those things were now."
Said another educator: "The students were engaged and eager to do
each lesson. They never seemed bored or overwhelmed."
This new AWIM challenge is another step in SAE's educational
continuum. In addition to Programming Each Other and Cybersecurity:
Keeping Our Networks Secure, SAE is seeking partners to develop future
IT curricula for different grade levels.

About the SAE Foundation

SAE's STEM programs have served more than six million students worldwide,
thereby shifting the balance of tomorrow's engineering workforce. The programs
offer hands-on learning opportunities and have engaged more than 30,000
STEM industry professionals as volunteers. SAE is inspiring the next generation of
women engineers by encouraging and increasing student achievement and
participation in STEM in order to build a STEM-fluent workforce. SAE's STEM
education programs enable students to develop the 21st-century skills needed to
succeed in real-world work environments and connect classroom learning with
real-life application.
SAE is the only U.S.-based organization with a full continuum of STEM
education programs for pre-K-8 and college, including the award-winning A
World In Motion and Collegiate Design Series. Get involved today at
saefoundation.org.

Call to action

In volunteering to support teachers with implementation of Programming Each
Other or other AWIM challenges, university students can earn community service
hours. Moreover, they can experience a unique and memorable STEM learning
experience for themselves and for those who might follow them in their
footsteps. For information, contact A World In Motion at awim@sae.org.

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Momentum - February 2020
Contents
Getting schooled on benefits
BENEFITS U
STUDENT GENERATION
One-on-One – Grant Prins
Engine switch propels UW – Platteville snowmobile team to new heights
Another year, another successful Cornell Baja SAE team.
BRIEFS
Chevy tweaks 2020 Bolt’s battery chemistry to add range
Proving ground heroes
Introducing the 2020 SAE President: Todd Zarfos
SAE 101: volunteer recognition
Beyond the textbook
SAE and GM make smart choice for AutoDrive Challenge Year 3 venue
Introducing SAE AWIM Programming Each Other
Dossier: Martin Wissink of Oak Ridge National Lab
Managing expectations for better decision-making and performance
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Momentum - February 2020 - Cover2
Momentum - February 2020 - Contents
Momentum - February 2020 - Getting schooled on benefits
Momentum - February 2020 - BENEFITS U
Momentum - February 2020 - STUDENT GENERATION
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Momentum - February 2020 - 6
Momentum - February 2020 - One-on-One – Grant Prins
Momentum - February 2020 - Engine switch propels UW – Platteville snowmobile team to new heights
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Momentum - February 2020 - Another year, another successful Cornell Baja SAE team.
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Momentum - February 2020 - BRIEFS
Momentum - February 2020 - Chevy tweaks 2020 Bolt’s battery chemistry to add range
Momentum - February 2020 - Proving ground heroes
Momentum - February 2020 - Introducing the 2020 SAE President: Todd Zarfos
Momentum - February 2020 - SAE 101: volunteer recognition
Momentum - February 2020 - Beyond the textbook
Momentum - February 2020 - SAE and GM make smart choice for AutoDrive Challenge Year 3 venue
Momentum - February 2020 - Introducing SAE AWIM Programming Each Other
Momentum - February 2020 - Dossier: Martin Wissink of Oak Ridge National Lab
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Momentum - February 2020 - Managing expectations for better decision-making and performance
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