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GM FOUNDATION LEADS THE WAY IN
AWIM CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

SAE's A World In MotionĀ®
(AWIM) program has expanded
significantly since its inception in
1990. The program's curriculum
has increased from three
challenges in 1990 to 11 challenges
in 2016.
The GM Foundation, a longtime
supporter of AWIM, recognized the
importance of curriculum updates
and has been one of our largest
supporters of new curriculum
development.

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With funding from the GM
Foundation, SAE added the
Gravity Cruiser Challenge to
AWIM in 1998, giving students an
opportunity to work on concepts
such as creating a lever arm as a
drive mechanism and examining
how axle diameters affect the
behavior of the vehicle.
Ten years later, the GM Foundation
provided funding for another
exciting addition to the AWIM
program - the Fuel Cell Challenge.
In this popular challenge,
students learn about fuel cells,
the chemistry of electrolysis and
powering an electric motor and
gearbox.

Most recently, SAE and the GM
Foundation partnered to create
what is arguably the most unique
AWIM Challenge, the K-3 program
called Making Music. In the Making
Music Challenge, students explore
sound and vibrations and learn
how the human eardrum works.
They explore concepts such
as pitch and longitudinal and
transverse waves while building a
musical instrument according to
specific criteria.

The possibilities for new
curriculum development are
endless and we look forward to
seeing what the future holds.



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