A World In Motion


The SAE Foundation’s STEM educational programs are vital to ensuring we ignite the passion for math and science in young students who will be the future leaders of the automobile industry. At a recent SAE A World in Motion third-grade Skimmer project, I was especially gratified to see students having so much fun applying key principles of math and science.” 

-- Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training
Hands on/Project-Based
Work Readiness/Employment

Target Audience

All Students




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8

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Program Impact

AWIM has one of the broadest program reaches of any STEM program serving students in the U.S.  Since 1990, the program has experienced an evolution exceeding the pace of other science and technology STEM programming in every case. Since program inception, we have directly serviced over 5,000,000 students in the classroom.  AWIM is research proven to not only increase student performance and attitudes toward STEM, it's also improving teacher preparedness and comfort in delivering STEM instruction in the traditional classroom setting.

AWIM teachers across the U.S. report:

  • 94% of students developed an increased interest in exploring math and/or science concepts.
  • 72% of students displayed a significant increase in the math and/or science scores.
  • 81% of students displayed a change of attitude toward math and/or science.
  • 84% of students demonstrate increased excitement or decreased intimidation toward learning science.
  • 91% of students demonstrated increased awareness of the engineering profession.
  • 84% of students demonstrated and interest in an engineering career.
  • 88% of students demonstrate an understanding of the engineering profession.

Program Overview

The A World In Motion® program is a K-12 teacher-administered program that brings STEM education to life in the classroom. It allows students to work within an integrated structure to solve a Challenge by setting goals, building knowledge, designing and building a prototype, then defending their design decisions through presentation.

The AWIM program provides age-appropriate multidisciplinary hands-on experiences for students.  Each AWIM Challenge is benchmarked to Common Core, NGSS and local educational science standards/frameworks and combines a comprehensive curriculum built around the AWIM Engineering Design Experience. 

The AWIM Engineering Design Experience is built in direct alignment with research-driven K-12 instructional practices.   Students not only engage in all STEM disciplines, but work within an integrated system that facilitates a focus on English Language Arts and the Creative Arts. 

AWIM provides a direct and scalable STEM solution designed as a turn-key educational initiative that remedies antiquated contend delivery structures.  Through AWIM, educators implement instructional delivery techniques that meet the classroom-based needs of today and into the future. Educators that engage in AWIM are research-proven to obtain a higher confidence level in delivering STEM instruction after their AWIM experience.  For more information, please visit our website www.awim.org

How To Get Involved

Getting started with the A World In Motion program is easy.  Activity provides for immediate impact in specific corporate communities and beyond.   There are a variety of ways we can help your organization achieve local STEM and workforce development needs. Your organization has many options that can include all/any of the following.

  • Corporate Classroom-Based Volunteer Programs

We design programs, with AWIM at the core, to provide the most impact your corporate volunteers can have in a school setting.  Gone are the days of career days and one-off speeches to groups for students.

  • Customized STEM Initiatives

AWIM STEM Initiatives are specifically designed to help you meet community or region workforce development needs using AWIM as a base program for outreach – you use AWIM to meet your specific outreach goals and we design the program and facilitate relationships with local schools.

  • General STEM Outreach

If you don’t have the resources to provide volunteers or target communities, general support of AWIM distribution is an option that provides for program activity in areas of greatest need. 

Funders and Partners


Chris Ciuca, Director or Pre-Professional Education

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Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.