Over the last 10 years our Rotary club under the leadership of Club Director for Education and AWIM Chair, Don Robins has provided financial assistance and Rotary club member volunteers for an AWIM project that joins together teacher-administered, students, and volunteer-assisted in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills. Our Rotary volunteers play an essential role in motivating the next generation to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by bringing their own everyday experiences into an AWIM classroom.

Each of the AWIM activities is designed around current math, science, and technology standards. SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International provides the AWIM curriculum and materials at no cost to school and classroom teachers. The program varies from 4 to 8 weeks and consists of hands-on physical science curricula designed to bring to life projects for students in grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-8.  For example, this school year it covers “Rolling Things” for K-3.

This school year we supported AWIM programs in Auxier Elementary, Carlson Elementary, Fulton Elementary and Bogle Junior High of the Chandler Unified School District.  Additionally, we have expanded support for the Junior High at Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek.  This has impacted in total about 700 students that may have an interest in becoming tomorrow’s Engineers and Scientists.

At the end of each program the volunteers present each K-3 student with a copy of a grade level AWIM book on Rolling Things and for the 4-8 grades they are presented gold, silver and bronze AWIM medals to the winning teams at the end of the program competition event.  If you have an interest in the AWIM program as a volunteer and/or information, please contact Rotarian, Don Robins by clicking on the CONTACT above for an email to Don.