Helping Today's Students Become Tomorrow's Engineers and Scientists

OUR K-8 STEM EDUCATION SOLUTION AWIM is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning:

Program Highlights & Benefits
  • It's interdisciplinary in nature, which helps students learn to make meaningful connections among disciplines
  • All activities correlate with the Next Generation Science standards and the Common Core standards
  • It builds bridges between corporations and classrooms by giving teachers, volunteers, and students the opportunity to work together and learn from each other
  • More than 72,000 curriculum/challenge kits have been provided; over 4.5 million students participate; more than 30,000 volunteers
  • *Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) has been developing student challenges in partnership with SAE for the AWIM program for over 20 years. EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, economic opportunity, and health throughout the U.S. and around the world. For almost 60 years, the nonprofit’s services—including STEM curriculum design—have helped educators and leaders promote the school, college, and career success of learners.

Industry Support & Volunteers
  • Industry support is essential to this program. Corporations and their employees can influence the ways in which youth are prepared to meet the future by sponsoring schools in their communities. By doing so, schools can qualify to receive free or low cost AWIM program Challenge kits
  • Industry volunteers provide students with first-hand impressions and information about careers in their chosen profession and serve as an in-classroom resource for teachers

Find out more about volunteer opportunities and teacher information.